Today is Reformation Day. Not just any Reformation Day though. This is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation started by a monk in Germany. Little did he know it at the time, but there would be a huge change in the world because of his nailing 95 statements that he wanted to debate in an academic setting up on a church door.
We can look back at that event and get caught up in it. It’s not bad to look back, but we shouldn’t just stare at the past. Reformation is a call to forward-looking too. It’s a call to recognize the gift we have been given by God and to respond in trust. It is a call to go out, not focus in.
The church is in need of more reform – but this time it’s a bit different. We’re not concerned with corruption and sales of indulgences. Instead, we need to look at how we have gotten comfortable and have forgotten to tell the story of the Gospel to people who have never heard it. We have a real opportunity to continue reforming the church. And we are called to participate in that.
If you are interested in what I preached on Sunday, you have two opportunities. There are two different Sermons posted on the St. Stephen website – one for each worship service. As is typical, I ended up preaching two different sermons by the end. The second one is three minutes longer.