Grade 6, Unit 2

Luther and the Reformation

Dear Parents,

The following is taken from in explanation of why the 500th anniversary of the nailing of the95 Theses is still taught and celebrated today:
The Lutheran Reformation is still all about Jesus; that is, faithfully preaching and teaching the good news of Jesus Christ and standing for the teachings of God’s Word as they have been confessed in all times and all places wherever the Gospel is purely taught according to a pure understanding of it and where the Sacraments are administered according to Christ’s institution. With Martin Luther, we still say, “Here we stand, we cannot do otherwise. God help us. Amen.”
The Lutheran Reformation then, and today, is not about throwing away the past, but about retaining and preserving the very best of the Church’s rich history and teachings, while filtering out whatever covers and contradicts God’s Word and denies the good news of salvation by grace alone, though faith alone, on account of Christ alone.
The Lutherans never wanted to rebel against the Roman Church. They were, however, held captive by the force of the clear truth of God’s Word.  Martin Luther refused to compromise that truth and was excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church, precisely because of his defense of the pure Gospel and truths of God’s Word.
We study Luther and the impact of the Reformation on the Christian faith today.  We use a historical fiction biography that brings Luther to the lunch table at a Lutheran school cafeteria with 6th graders and clips from  Luther,  a movie put out in 2003 by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to supplement our study.

If you do not have a church home of your own, please visit us at Zion.  We would love to have you worship with us!

Zion Church worship times: 
Saturdays  5:00 p.m.
Sundays  8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
(Until Labor Day- Mondays 7:00 p.m.)

Sunday School/Bible Study 9:30-10:15 a.m.

May God bless your family in the name of Christ Jesus!

Mrs. Riemenschneider

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