Buck Grove Baptist Church
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Glorifying God by Changing Lives for Christ

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Pastor David Campbell

 
 

Halloween is almost behind us, Thanksgiving and Christmas are quickly approaching.  In the hustle and bustle of this season, I hope you were able to reflect a little while on the reformation.  October 31 is Reformation Day.  This past October 31 was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther, the German monk, nailing his 95 theses on the Wittenberg Castle door.  These were kind of like 95 bullet points where he disagreed with the Roman Catholic Church on indulgences and invited a debate.  Indulgences were thought to get people out of purgatory sooner.  He was not the only reformer, but one of the better known.  The reformation was about getting back to the Bible as our sole authority for faith and practice.  What was especially important to Luther was how a man is made right before God.  What rocked the Christian world at that time was the doctrine straight out of the Bible that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for God’s glory alone.  This is the faith of the apostles.  It was the faith of reformers, and it is the faith of Protestants still today.  It is the old-time religion and it’s good enough for me, but only because the Bible clearly teaches this.  Speaking of Jesus, Peter says in Acts 4:12 (NASB95): “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”  Later Paul would write in Ephesians 2:8–10 (NASB95):” For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  We ought to be thankful for men and women like Martin Luther who suffered much for the purity of the Gospel.  If the Lord should tarry, may Christians 500 years from now look back on our generation and be thankful for our faithfulness to the one true Gospel of Jesus Christ received from the Scriptures alone; namely, that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone for God’s glory alone.  

God be with you, 

Dave Campbell   

P.S.: Thank you for praying for our annual meeting.  The churches that make up Salem Association of Baptists met last month.  Changes were made to our bylaws.  Changes to our constitution were presented and will be voted on at the next annual meeting.  Please keep this association of Baptist churches in prayer as we seek to work together for the cause of Christ.