Church in Mission (Wednesday) – Day 8

In today’s class, Wednesday, I thought the most interesting portion was discussing the Reformed theology. I’m not going to lie ~ I’m a bit of a sucker for Calvin and Reformed theology! In its purest form, Reformed theology really hits it home for me. For one thing, I love how Reformed is so focused on Christian discipline. As Lutherans, we too often believe the myth that Calvin was focused on “justification by works.” This is NOT a true statement. Instead, he believed in the freedom to pursue the Law. The Law, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. Instead, it’s something God gave us to pursue and strive for. In God’s grace, we are allowed to repent and continue striving for it. I also thought it was interesting how little Luther and Calvin interacted during the Reformation.

Luther on the left; Calvin on the right

Luther on the left; Calvin on the right

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