Join us for The Church at Sunsites Bi-Monthly Book Discussion, ~ "Tolle Lege!" ~ This year's theme is dedicated to the Protestant Reformation. We will be exploring books emphasising the reformation and exposition of the Christian faith which is based on the sufficiency and clarity of the truth of God's word! Each session begins with an introduction of the chosen book given free to each participant. At the following session, each reader will have the opportunity to participate in a review and discussion of the book read. .
"Church History 101 - The Highlights of Twenty Centuries" is an introduction to church history. A few pages for each century were first drawn from Sinclair B. Ferguson's pulpit ministry, then revised by Joel R. Beeke and Michael A.G. Haykin and their respective assistants, Ray Lanning and Coleman Ford, which were first published in The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible in 2014. Light will shed light on how Christ has gathered His church, by His Word and Spirit, over the past two thousand years, despite the sins and errors of many theologians and churches. Soli Deo gloria!
"Church History ~ A Crash Course for the Curious" by Christopher Catherwood. This book covers the same time period of church history, from Christ, to today. This book will provoke us to understand the struggles of heroic figures throughout church history who risked their lives for the cause of the Truth of Christ; even to barbaric deaths, such as being burned alive at the stake, simply so ordinary people, like you and I, could read the Bible in a language we can understand.
We acquainted ourselves with the man who launched the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther. "The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther," by Steven J. Lawson. Dr. Lawson provides a brief but powerful review of the life and significant ministry of Martin Luther. He was a "trailblazing Reformer, a precise theologian, a prolific author, an fierce debater, a captivating teacher, and more. But above all else, Luther was a preacher, one who declared the truths of God's Word from the pulpit with heroic boldness."
We rediscovered the life of the man who is responsible for the English Bible in "The Daring Mission of
William Tyndale" by Steven J. Lawson. English Reformer, William Tyndale - an author, theologian, and linguistic genuis - longed to give his countrymen the Scriptures in their own language, an act considered HERESY" at that point in time. An act for which Tyndale would spend the final 12 years of his life as a fugitive; and at the very end, pay with his life to see it through. However, in doing so,Tyndale became the father of modern English language and birthed a legacy that lasts to this day.
This session we were given the next selection from Dr. Steven J. Lawson's series on "A Long LIne of Godly Men" titled "The Expository Genius of John Calvin." Here is an intimate portrait of Calvin's core beliefs of commitment to study, the practices, and finally, the techniques he used in both handling and applying the Word of God to his congregation. John Calvin was by far the greatest of the Reformers with respect to the talents he possessed, the influence he exerted, the service he rendered to the establishment, including the diffusion of important truth.
Once again, we will avail ourselves of the writng skills of Dr. Lawson who wrote about the great Scottish Reformer in "The MIghty Weakness of John Knox." John Knox preached with such courage that it might be said the "Spirit of Christ" gave him a a face harder than flint (Ezekiel 3:8-9). One of the most colorful figures in church history, Knox's impact is still felt around the world today.
John Piper's "FIVE POINTS" towards a deeper experience of God's Grace was chosen for session 6. Piper believes that our experience of grace grows with our grasp of God's gracious work. "I have fought the good fight, but it was not I, but the grace of God which was with me (2 Timothy 4:7; 1 Corinthians 15:10).
Our final selection is by Nate Pickowicz, entitled "Why We're Protestant." Pickowicz calls us back to our Reformation roots and demonstrates what every Christian needs at the forefront of their minds; to be pro-Christ, pro-evangelism, pro-expositional, and pro-Bible. In other words, that which is absolutely essential and non-negotiable to the Christian faith.
On Sunday, December 10, after morning Worship Service, we will conclude our readings and reviews with a discussion on the last book in a series of seven regarding the Protestant Reformation. All teachings from the seven books listed above are critically needed by every sincere Christian to battle the dark days in which we live.
2017 is the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.