On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther played a major role in sparking the Protestant Reformation by nailing 95 theses (statements) on the Wittenberg Castle Church door.
These statements primarily served to challenge the practice of selling indulgences which promised salvation in return for money.
500 years have passed and the church has had its fair share of failures, but the good news of Jesus Christ has reached more nations, tribes, and tongues than ever before.
Until Jesus returns, the church will always need reforming but until that time the church must hold true to its mission to share the good news of the salvation that is only found in Jesus Christ.
On this day, October 31, 2017, Allendale Baptist Church has no door, far fewer than 95 theses, and doesn’t expect to spark a movement.
But we are excited to take every opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ and the truth found in God’s word.
Having observed the culture we live in and its various common misconceptions about Christ and the Church, we offer these 9.5 theses:
1) Heaven is not reserved for good people because no person is truly good (Romans 3:23).
2) Heaven is not reserved for people who believe in God because even the demons believe and shudder (James 2:19).
3) Heaven is not reserved for people who attend church because no religious act can save a person’s soul (Galatians 3:10-11).
4) Heaven is not reserved for people who believe Jesus is God because even Satan knows this and yet he still rebels against him (Matthew 4:10).
5) The only way a person can go to heaven is if he repents of his sin and has faith in the saving work of Jesus (Mark 1:15).
6) The person who has been saved should proclaim to the world that he identifies with Jesus through the waters of baptism (Romans 6:4).
7) The person who has been saved should make disciples for Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20).
8) The person who has been saved should live a life that reflects the grace he has received through Jesus Christ (John 13:35).
9) The person who has been saved should use their God-given gifts to actively minister in and with the church (Ephesians 4:11-16).
9.5) The person who has been saved should actively minister in and with a local church (Hebrews 10:25).
Do you have any questions about Jesus, the Bible, or church? I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to email me at [email protected]
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Tim is a lifelong student and loves nothing more than a good conversation on faith and truth. He is the chapter director of Ratio Christi at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan (his hometown). He has spoken on dozens of topics at various universities, high schools, churches, and non-profit ministries. He has a BA in Worldviews and Apologetics from Boyce College. He has a passion for equipping the church to be effective in reaching out to their community. Tim, his wife Alexandra, and children MaryKate and Oliver attend Allendale Baptist Church where Tim also works as an administrative assistant. Anyone who meets Tim easily remembers him as the tallest Filipino they've ever met.
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