Why the Reformation Still Matters
Does the Reformation still matter?
In 1517, a German monk nailed a poster to the door of a church, disputing key doctrines taught by the Roman Catholic Church in that day. This moment set in motion a movement that changed the entire trajectory of church history. But do the Reformers still have something to teach us?
In this accessible primer, Michael Reeves and Tim Chester answer eleven key questions raised by the Reformers—questions that remain critically important for the church today.
“Rarely does one find such a rich combination of historical theology and passionate exegetical argument. This is a warm, pastoral, and rigorous defense of the central claims of the Reformation. It also includes a defense of this common heritage from the perspective of Anabaptist/Baptist distinctives that recognizes important differences with the magisterial Reformers. For both reasons, Why the Reformation Still Matters represents an important contribution to ongoing conversations in the global church.” — Michael Horton, Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Seminary California; author, Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story
“Authors Michael Reeves and Tim Chester have made a solid contribution to the commemoration of the Reformation in their clear account of what the major Reformers, especially Martin Luther and John Calvin, taught about Jesus, God’s grace, Scripture, the sacraments, and other important subjects. With the five-hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses quickly approaching, this timely book underscores the vital importance of what he and other early Protestants devoted their lives to teaching.” — Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame; editor, Protestantism after 500 Years
“Reeves and Chester clearly and straightforwardly explain the vital importance of the Reformation, summarize its message, and show its ongoing relevance. Why the Reformation Still Matters may be only two hundred pages long, but it vibrates with life. A brilliant achievement by two modern-day doctors of the church, and a great little book.” — Sinclair B. Ferguson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas
Table of Contents
How Can We Be Saved?
How Does God Speak to Us
What Is Wrong with Us?
What Does God Give Us?
- The Theology of the Cross
How Do We Know What Is True?
- Union with Christ
Who Am I?
- The Spirit
Can We Truly Know God?
- The Sacraments
Why Do We Take Bread and Wine?
- The Church
Which Congregation Should I Join?
- Everyday Life
What Difference Does God Make on Monday Mornings?
- Joy and Glory
Does the Reformation Still Matter?