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The Reformation changed everything – culture, commerce and learning. Here in these few pages we focus on its core, its defining of a new Protestant church.
While Wittenberg in 1517 is often regarded as “the start of the Reformation,” the earliest-recorded “heretik” died in Scotland more than a hundred years earlier. Part l offers a fast-paced storyline of the whole period. The Reformation: What You Need to Know and Why does not celebrate a schism. It sets forth biblical truth, and the part each of us must play in passing that truth on to the next generation. If the church is to be effective, we must believe and confess the gospel, obey it and adorn it, proclaim it and argue it, defend it, and be willing to suffer for it.
What of Christ’s prayer for Christians to “be one”? Would it be better to ignore, even forget the Reformation? If we look more closely at that prayer, we may be surprised by what we find.
The Reformation: What You Need to Know and Why includes:
• Questions for Reflection
• Martin Luther’s 95 Theses
“This book packs a punch way beyond its size, and is far more than just an appetiser. Mike Reeves and John Stott clearly explain what the history and theology is all about and why it is still relevant for us today. And Alan Purser’s short exegesis of one of the most misused passages of Scripture, John 17, is worth the price alone! This is a book to read, digest, discuss and give to friends who think that the Reformation is long gone and of no real relevance today. The Church is the pillar and foundation of the Truth – this book assists us in seeing what that truth is and how important it is for us all.”
David Robertson, St Peter’s Church, Dundee
“I don’t know of a better brief introduction to the Reformation and its continuing importance today. It provides an ideal opportunity in this anniversary year for Christians both to remember the past and to reflect on how we can build on it into the future.”
Vaughan Roberts, Rector, St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford and Lausanne plenary speaker
“This book is guaranteed to put a new spring in the step of every evangelical. It takes us back to our roots, and shows us how the apostolic gospel of Jesus Christ can change the world.”
John Benton, Editor of Evangelicals Now
Michael Reeves (PhD, King’s College, London) is president and professor of theology at Union School of Theology in Bridgend and Oxford, United Kingdom. He is the author of several books, including Authentic Ministry: Serving from the Heart, Delighting in the Trinity; Rejoice and Tremble; and Gospel People.
John Robert Walmsley Stott CBE was an English Christian leader and Anglican cleric who was noted as a leader of the worldwide Evangelical movement. He was one of the principal authors of the Lausanne Covenant in 1974.