As a Presbyterian church, and therefore of the Reformed tradition, we’ll be thanking God for the reminder that throughout the history of the church, men of God stood up and spoke up for the Word of God, the truths of the Scriptures, the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We invite you to read this excellent article reprinted here from Ligionier Ministries written by Robert Rothwell. (See https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/what-reformation-day-all-about)
What is Reformation Day all about?
“On October 31, much of the culture will be focused on candy and things that go bump in the night. Protestants, however, have something far more significant to celebrate on October 31. It’s Reformation day, which commemorates what was perhaps the greatest move of God’s Spirit since the days of the Apostles. But what is the significance of Reformation Day, and how should we consider the events it commemorates?
At the time, few would have suspected that the sound of a hammer striking the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany, would soon be heard around the world and lead ultimately to the greatest transformation of Western society since the apostles first preached the Gospel throughout the Roman empire. Martin Luther’s nailing of his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door on October 31, 1517, provoked a debate that culminated finally in what we now call the Protestant Reformation.
An heir of Bishop Augustine of Hippo, Martin Luther is one of the most significant figures God has raised up since that time. This law student turned Augustinian monk became the center of a great controversy after his theses were copied and distributed throughout Europe. Initially protesting the pope’s attempt to sell salvation, Luther’s study of Scripture soon led him to oppose the church of Rome on issues including the primacy of the Bible over church tradition and the means by which we are found righteous in the sight of God.
This last issue is probably Luther’s most significant contribution to Christian theology. Though preached clearly in the New Testament and found in the writings of many of the church fathers, the medieval bishops and priests had largely forgotten the truth that our own good works can by no means merit God’s favor. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and good works result from our faith, they are not added to it as the grounds for our right standing in the Lord’s eyes (Eph. 2:8-10). Justification, God’s declaration that we are not guilty, forgiven of sin, and righteous in His sight comes because through our faith alone the Father imputes, or reckons to our account, the perfect righteousness of Christ (2 Cor. 5:21).
Martin Luther’s rediscovery of this truth led to a whole host of other church and societal reforms and much of what we take for granted in the West would have likely been impossible had he never graced the scene. Luther’s translation of the Bible into German put the Word of God in the hands of the people, and today Scripture is available in the vernacular language of many countries, enabling lay people to study it with profit. He reformed the Latin mass by putting the liturgy in the common tongue so that non-scholars could hear and understand the preached word of God and worship the Lord with clarity. Luther lifted the unbiblical ban on marriage for the clergy and by his own teaching and example radically transformed the institution itself. He recaptured the biblical view of the priesthood of all believers, showing all people that their work had purpose and dignity because in it they can serve their Creator.
Today, Luther’s legacy lives on in the creeds and confessions of Protestant bodies worldwide. As we consider his importance this Reformation Day, let us equip ourselves to be knowledgeable proclaimers and defenders of biblical truth. May we be eager to preach the gospel of God to the world and thereby spark a new reformation of church and culture.”
Yes, the ‘John Drama’ happened and it was great! If ever you have the opprtunity to see it (even better than that, be involved in it…), grab it with both hands.
John wrote all that he did “so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31). Our prayer is that all who saw and heard the drama will know this for themselves.
Here’s a pic of the happy cast and director (post-final performance) below!
After 12 months of planning and praying, we’re pleased to announce that the ‘John Drama’ is taking shape!
The ‘John Drama’ is a 90-minute, ‘theatre in the round’ production of the story of Jesus, as told by his close follower, John, as found in the Gospel of John.
Please see the details below! You are more than welcome to attend!
The GAA (the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia) met in Hurstville, Sydney, NSW from September 4-7, with Rev David Burke (NSW) inducted as Moderator-General for the next three years.
The business that comes to and is discussed by the GAA relates to matters that affect the whole church and not just the churches in individual states (which are determined by each State Assembly).
For a good sumarry of this year’s business, please follow this link here to an article on the page of the ‘Australian Presbyterian’ written by Rev Mark Powell (Hobart, TAS). You might find the decisions of interst, especially those surrounding the practise of ‘Welcome to Country’ in relation to regular Presbyterian worship.
We are looking forward to having Rev Hiralal Solanki and his wife Luxmi, come to us on Sunday September 10th to update us all the ongoing ministry of Indian Reformed Fellowship Australia and the spread of the gospel throughout that wide mission field!
The program is as follows;
4pm: Meet & greet over afternoon tea in the hall
4:30pm: Sharing God’s Word & the work of IRFA
There will be a retiring offering received for the work of IRFA. All are welcome.
We had a wonderful night at the Eaglehawk Presbyterian Church on Friday July 21 with representatives from Wycliffe/SIL giving us the latest on the task of Bible translation around the world. The good news is that the number of languages who do not have any portion of Scripture translated into the ‘heart language’ of the people is dropping!
When we first started to take an interest in this matter over 12 months ago now, the number of languages was 2,014. Now it is in the order of…1,400! Thanks be to God.
This is very encouraging, but the task is not finished yet. Please join with us in praying for the number to be even lower and ask God to raise up and bless translation teams across the globe.
Last year’s dinner was one to remember. Such a great night of information and encouragement about the all-important task of translating God’s Word into the heart languages of people groups all over the world.
This year’s dinner is coming up!
When: Friday July 21st, 6pm
Where: Eaglehawk Presbyterian Church, 75A Victoria Street, Eaglehawk