At the end of October, and through each Sunday in November, we focused on the “T.U.L.I.P.” acrostic. On October 31st, we celebrated 500 years since the start of the Reformation, and one of the basic premises was that the Reformation was not a one-time event, but rather that the Church must always be being reformed according to God’s Word (Semper Reformanda). Thus, in our series, instead of seeking to untangle and simply understand difficult doctrines, we are looking more at applying those beliefs to our hearts and lives, looking at how we can continue to be reformed each and every day. While it’s important to know what Total Depravity is, as well as Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints, simply having a knowledge without application is no more important than having a bank account with millions that you can’t access.
As such, we want to peel back the layers and look at the heart of the matter: in an age and day of struggles and sorrows at every turn, when the news on TV is exceedingly negative, where finances are increasingly slim, and relationships have more strain than usual, why does doctrine matter? Why does it matter if I believe in Total Depravity, or not? – And when, each day, I stand before the Lord of the universe, how does holding these doctrines dear increase my personal relationship with Jesus?
That is the focus, as we look at how the heavy doctrines of the Reformation transform our hearts each day to hold onto Jesus in new and deeper ways, as we walk personally with him through every second.
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