Reformation Day: Family Night

Join us, Sunday, Oct 30 from 4-6PM for our annual Reformation Day Celebration! This family themed party night will highlight the life and times of John Wyclif, the man who so firmly defended the gospel that he was murdered after he died. The night will start in the sanctuary with a 20-minute interactive discussion that follows Wyclif's historical and theological journey from across England.

Once we wrap up things in the Sanctuary, we will head to the ABC Fellowship Hall for games and snacks. Lots of Candy and prizes will be on hand. To help catch the Middle Age English vibe, we encourage both kids and adults to dress up as a British King or Queen, or as a knight, a monk, or in other Renaissance costumes. We hope you and your family will join us on Oct. 31st at 4PM!

Who was John Wyclif?

The 14th century Oxford scholar and preacher, John Wyclif has the unique distinction of being one of the few men to be burned at the stake after he died. The Catholic Church took issue with British Theologian in-part because his writings had influenced another reformer by the name of John Huss who lived in Prague. What did Wyclif’s books teach Huss and why did the Catholic Church view Wyclif as being a dangerous virus that needed to be extinguished with fire? Join us October 31 at ABC from 4-6PM to find out!  

What is the Reformation?

On October 31, 1517, Luther nailed a the 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Chapel, seeking to debate the practice of indulgences, which traded divine forgiveness for earthly coins. 

Luther challenged this practice, realizing that salvation came by faith alone, through grace alone, according to the Word of God alone. Though Luther sought only to reform the church, he lit a spark that revived gospel preaching. The established church rejected Luther and forced him and the other followers of Jesus to create a new church, the protestant church (a church for those who protested the religion of the Catholic Church). 

Baptists, Lutherans, and Presbyterians and many other gospel centered churches exist today because a lone monk in Germany rediscovered the beauty of the true gospel which proclaims that Jesus saves sinners by his grace and mercy through the work of the cross! We celebrate the Reformation for without it, we would not have the gospel that we so dearly love.