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The Reformation

This series on The Reformation was given by Pastor Dick Bickings in the summer 2013 Adult Electives at EBFC, Bethlehem, PA
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Transcript of The Reformation

TULIP
Why the Necessity for Reform?
Introduction
Session 1
What is Reformed Theology?
It is a
Theology
, not a
Religion
!
Pre-Reformation Period
Session 2
Reformation Period
Session 3
Post Reformation Period
Session 4
Denominations and BFC Histroy
Session 5
Theology
:
Biblical
View of the True God!
Anthropology
:
Proper
View of Man - Man created in God's Image
Religion
: God Created in Man's Image
Anthropology
:
Wrong
View of Man
God Centered
Man Centered
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:18–21, ESV)
“And the LORD said to Moses, “Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them. They have made for themselves a golden calf and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’ ” And the LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people. Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you.”” (Exodus 32:7–10, ESV)
It is a
Systematic
Theology
Seek to understand the
Biblical
System, not apply our own
Theology Proper (doctrine of
God
)
Doctrine
Controlling

All other doctrines
filter through
It is a
Catholic
Theology
Foundational or
Cardinal
doctrines
Embraces the
Catholic
Theology
Sola Fide
(Justification by Faith Alone)
Sola Scriptura
(Scripture Alone)
Material
cause
Formal
cause
It is
Evangelical
became a synonym for "protestant"
The only authority that can
bind
the conscience
absolutely
One
source of special revelation
All doctrine must be resolved
solely
by Scripture
Hermeneutical Principle: every Christian has the right to read and interpret for themselves what scripture is saying, however, they do not have the right to
misinterpret
scripture.
The core issue of the Reformation was
Justification
, while the backdrop to the controversy was
authority
Roman Catholic view on "
Special
Revelation"
Scripture
Tradition
Interprets
Christ was the essence of God but not God, like the rays are the essence of the sun but not the sun
of similar or like substance
Jesus was not eternal God but "became" God via adoption
Jesus had "one nature or substance", a single "theanthropic" nature, a mixture of both but in reality neither
Jesus was "begotten", not in the biological sense, but in the relational sense
It's Distinctives
Total Depravity
Unconditional Election
Limited Atonement
Irresistible Grace
Perseverance of the Saints
Five Pillars of Reformed Theology
Glory of God
Centered on God
Based on God's Word Alone
Commit-ted to Faith Alone
Devoted to Jesus Christ
Structured by Three Covenants
The monk responsible for the Ninety-Five Theses was Martin Luther. His debate caused the boiling pot of discontent to erupt all over Europe. In Luther’s wake, the new shape of Western faith was revealed, leading even later to a new kind of nation.
Five hundred years ago, a monk in Germany made a list of 95 issues that he wanted the theologians of the Roman Catholic Church to discuss. Little did he know that his list, called the Ninety-Five Theses, would spark the Reformation. The Reformation became a movement that would split the church and form a new kind of Christianity: Protestantism.
The story really begins much earlier. Years of power struggles within the Church as well as between religious and civil leaders had weakened the reputation of the clergy. Early sixteenth-century popes sold government and church positions, made their illegitimate children cardinals, authorized murder, and increased their families’ fortunes by abusing their power.
The Renaissance (1447-1521) brought education, wealth, and revitalization to the common people. Also during this time, greed, abuse of power, and immorality ran rampant in the Church. All these factors brought desire for reform to a boiling point.
Every doctrine
touched
every other doctrine
Assumes that the Bible is
Coherent
Truths that
define
Christianity and are embraced by all
Soli Deo Gloria
Sola Scriptura
Sola Fide
Solus Christus
Sola Gratia
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