Today marks 500 years since Martin Luther posted the 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31st, 1517. It’s worth noting that he never intended to start a different church or denomination; his goal was to reform the existing church. Even today, in all of our many churches, we need to be continually reforming—improving, changing, and taking steps to further the mission of Jesus.
In addition to fighting more obvious injustices such as corruption and the sale of indulgences, some of Martin Luther’s emphases included things like making the Bible available in people’s own languages and teaching it in their languages so they could understand God’s Word. He also wanted worship music in the common contemporary styles. And then of course, Luther’s emphasis on justification by faith alone.
Consider, what needs reformation today? Think of your own congregations and denominations. What should we be in the process of reforming?