Reflections on the Reformation: The Transforming Power of God’s Word

A fascinating journey through Germany and Switzerland on The Chapel’s recent Reformation Tour provided many heart-changing memories as I walked in the footsteps of church history. It has been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. This event changed the world and has had lasting influence on the church.

I embarked on this spiritual adventure with a quest to learn about Martin Luther and the profound impact one life can make for the sake of the Kingdom. It quickly became evident that the rediscovery of the Gospel was due to Luther’s love affair with the Bible. For the sixteenth century this was highly unusual but Luther’s love for the Word of God characterized his life. It is said that Luther’s last words were John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” These are fitting final words from a man whose adult life was marked by an intense love for the Scriptures.

During the Reformation a significant change was made at the front of Protestant churches. The altar was removed and a Bible was placed on the table. The photograph you see was taken in the church at Wittenberg and has become my favorite of the hundreds of pictures taken on this trip. It reminds me of the transforming power of God’s Word to dramatically change people’s hearts, the church, and the world.

-- Kathie Brown © June 2017