1517 and the nail that changed the world

1517 and the nail that changed the world
Event on 2017-09-18 19:30:00
2017 marks the 500th anniversary since the Protestant Reformation, unleashed by God in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenberg door. Join us for an evening as we reflect on the momentous events that unfolded 500 years ago, and together give thanks for God's continued promise of faithfulness to his church. Indeed it was in 1517 that Martin Luther published his new insights into the doctrine of justification by faith, which shook the world! His breakthrough would have significant and lasting impact by changing the way people thought about Bible reading, daily work, and the purpose of the church. Sure, he wasn’t the first to write about justification, but he exercised great courage of conviction to preach about the sheer generosity of grace, no strings attached. He made a heroic stand for the Gospel.So, in this year in which we commemorate the 500th anniversary of Luther’s publication of the 95 theses, it is important for us to get behind centuries of Protestant assumptions to think afresh about the man in his late medieval context, and to be challenged in our own service of the Lord Jesus and His gospel today. Speaker: Rev Dr Rhys Bezzant Since 2004, Rev Dr Rhys Bezzant has served as a member of the Faculty at Ridley College in Melbourne.His chief responsibilities at Ridley are to teach Church History, Theology and Christian Worship, to lead a cohort of students in the Missional Leadership learning community, and to oversee daily Chapel services.He was ordained in the Diocese of Melbourne in 1997, has served on the ministry teams of both small and large Melbourne Anglican parishes and as an Anglican Chaplain among tertiary students.Rhys is a passionate follower of the Lord Jesus, a gifted communicator and a dear friend of EFAC SA.

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