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Why Does the Reformation Matter Today?

Martin Luther's reply at the Diet of Worms:

"Since then Your Majesty and your lordships desire a simply reply, I will answer without horns and without teeth. Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason - I do not accept the authority of peoples and councils, for they have contradicted each other - my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen." (Bainton, 180)

Are the Five Solas in the Bible? – A Series of 6 Labs

(10-15 minutes long)

5 Solas of the Reformation - Messages

Reformation Faith in Today’s World

Luther on looking to Christ for our righteousness: 

This is wonderful news to believe that salvation lies outside ourselves. I am justified and acceptable to God, although there are in me sin, unrighteousness, and horror of death. Yet I must look elsewhere and see no sin. This is wonderful, not to see what I see, not to feel what I feel." (Bainton, 228)

Other Resources:

Online Study

“5 Minutes in Church History” with Stephen Nichols -

24-Hour Internet Radio Committed to THE Historic Christian Faith (Preaching, Teaching, Scripture, News, Music, and Audiobooks)


Full Conference Messages

The Gospel Coalition: No Other Gospel Conference – “Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation”

2017 Ligonier National Conference - "The Next 500 Years"

Southern Seminary: 2015 Theology Conference - "The Five Solas"



The "Here We Stand Conference 2017" will take place at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  This conference is a great opportunity to explore why the Reformation was necessary, what fueled the movement’s success, and the challenges that remain for evangelicals today. 

“Looking back to the Reformation, God did it, and he did it by his Word."

- R. Albert Mohler, Jr.



Reformation Heritage Books

“John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, Doxology” – Burk Parson

“The Courage to Be Protestant: Reformation Faith in Today's World” – David F. Wells

“Why the Reformation Still Matters” – Michael Reeves and Tim Chester

“Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther” – Roland H. Bainton

“Luther: Echoes of the Hammer” - Susan K. Leigh (Children’s Book)

“Princess of the Reformation: Jeanne D’Albret” - Rebekah Dan (Children’s Book)

“Courage and Conviction: Chronicles of the Reformation Church” - Brandon and Mindy Withrow (Children’s Book)

"Martin Luther: What should I do?" (Little Lights) - Catherine MacKenzie (Children’s Book)



Sandra McCracken (Songwriter, Modern-Day Hymn Writer, Record Producer)

"The Reformation Changed the Way We Sing " – An Interview with Keith Getty

Keith and Kristyn Getty – Modern Hymn Writers

We Rise and Worship: New Reformation Hymns – Lyrics: Douglas Bond, Music: Gregory Wilbur, Sung by Nathan George 

“Glory Be To God Alone” written by Bob Kauflin and David Ward

Singing the Reformation Into the 21st Century (Varied Resources)


- The quotes above are taken from Roland Bainton’s book, “Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther”
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