Always Reforming - Men's Conference 2017
October 6, 2017 to October 7, 2017
- October 6, 2017:
- October 7, 2017:
Location: 6400 W 20th St, Greeley, Colorado 80634Category: Conference | Coordinator: Josh Oedy
Always Reforming – October 6-7
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a reforming movement that is the fountainhead of modern evangelicalism. It was on October 31, 1517, All Saints Eve, that an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany.
What Luther had planned as an academic debate among fellow scholars, conducted in Latin, God intended for another purpose—the Theses were translated into German by his students, duplicated by a local printer, and distributed broadly. The reverberation from this seismic event brought reform to the Christian church, and gave shape to the modern world.
One wonders, 500 years later, if Martin Luther and the other Protestant Reformers (e.g., Zwingli, Calvin, Beza, Knox) would recognize the churches of modern evangelicalism, which trace their origin back to the 16th-century Reformation. Would they find Christians of deep biblical conviction, burning with the zeal of a reforming spirit? Would they find Christians who are committed, and even willing to die, to uphold the five solas of the Reformation?
Those five formative principles—sola scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, solus christus, soli deo gloria—encapsulate the heart of the apostolic doctrine recovered in the 16th century. In other words, Scripture alone (sola scriptura) has the authority to command the conscience. The study of Scripture reveals a gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, which comes to us by means of faith alone, in the perfect, finished, all-sufficient work of Christ alone—i.e., sola gratia, sola fide, and solus christus. Christ alone is the head of the church, and His aim and ours is the glory of God alone (soli deo gloria).
The title and theme of this year’s conference is “Always Reforming,” as we reassert the five solas of the Reformation, and ask God to reignite the same reforming zeal in our own time. We have confidence that God will answer our prayers. It has always been His will to keep reforming the church of Jesus Christ, in every age, and in every place. Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda—“the church reformed, always reforming,” or always being reformed, by the Spirit and through the Word. If we humble ourselves, seek His will, and pursue the obedience of the faith, we can expect God to do great things among us as well.
So, mark your calendars for October 6-7, and invite your friends, because we intend to unpack, celebrate, and rediscover those doctrines at our men’s conference this year.
Soli Deo Gloria!