The Reformation began October 31, 1517, five hundred years ago when a priest, professor, and monk by the name of Martin Luther challenged the church of his day for selling indulgences. He saw this and other prescribed works of the church to be in opposition to the Gospel. Salvation, forgiveness of sin, a right relation with God, cannot be bought with money or earned by works. From the Bible he had learned that “the GIFT of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23), and that “By grace (the undeserved love of God) are you saved, though faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:8,9). Jesus Christ had cried from the cross, “It is finished (completed)” (John 19:30). He had paid in full the curse for sin for all humanity. This is the Gospel that was brought to light in the Reformation. The invitation rings out to all, “Repent and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15).
The greatest insult to God is to reject or distort this Gospel. Hence the warning, “The one who does not believe will be damned” (Mark 16:16). Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this Gospel. Sunday service time is 9 a.m.