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What Is Reformation Day? (via Stephen Nichols at Ligonier)

Some parts of the Christian church will recognise the Reformation tomorrow.
The legacy of the Reformation is more than the simple theological distinctive of justification by faith; without its impact the western church would be unrecognisable in its worship, ministry, and mission.
From an article by Stephen Nichols.

What is Reformation Day? It is the day the light of the gospel broke forth out of darkness. It was the day that began the Protestant Reformation. It was a day that led to Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and may other Reformers helping the church find its way back to God’s Word as the only authority for faith and life and leading the church back to the glorious doctrines of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. It kindled the fires of missionary endeavors, it led to hymn writing and congregational singing, and it led to the centrality of the sermon and preaching for the people of God. It is the celebration of a theological, ecclesiastical, and cultural transformation.

Read the whole post here.


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Thy Mercy, My God – Sunday Songs

This old word-set, written John Stocker, retuned and sung by Sandra McCracken is a fitting way to finish Reformation Sunday.
McCracken writes a little note about the hymn here (where there’s also heaps of sheet music resources).

The lyrics:
1.
Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,
The joy of my heart. and the boast of my tongue;
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast.
2.
Without Thy sweet mercy I could not live here;
Sin would reduce me to utter despair;
But, through Thy free goodness, my spirits revive,
And He that first made me still keeps me alive.
3.
Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart;
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground,
And weep to the praise of the mercy I’ve found.
4.
Great Father of mercies, Thy goodness I own,
And the covenant love of Thy crucified Son;
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.

TEXT: John Stocker
MUSIC: Sandra McCracken ©2001 Same Old Dress Music (ASCAP).


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Free Resources From Ligonier Ministries To Mark Reformation Day 2014

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Ligonier Ministries are making a number of resources available free to mark Reformation Day 2014.
Go and have a look.