Luther wanted people to experience the freedom that comes from the Gospel. The text from Romans that was very powerful for him was this:
"..the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe." Romans 1:22
"For we hold that a person is justified by faith, apart from the works prescribed by the law." Romans 3:28.
Luther sought to liberate people from a works-righteousness religion; and thereby, liberating their consciences as well. He explained that you cannot earn or buy your way into heaven. It is only by faith in Christ that you are saved. It is Christ's righteousness by which one is delivered and saved.
We can also be thankful for these other areas of Luther's work and emphasis.
1. Putting the Bible into the language of the people.
2. Putting worship in the language of the people.
3. Bringing in congregational singing.
4. Emphasizing the concept of "vocation" where the idea of calling was not just restricted to religious orders.
His contributions live on for us today. The message on Sunday will highlight the above areas.
Discipleship Questions for Reflection
How do you feel about being an active participant in worship as Luther developed in his day?
Are there any subtle ways in which you feel you have earned God's favor on your own?