If we know where we came from, we may better know where to go. If we know who we came from, we may better understand who we are….
In 2017 we celebrated 500 years since the reformation of the church and many may have asked "Who was this Martin Luther?"
Martin Luther loved God. Martin Luther loved Jesus. And Martin Luther knew that many people loved God and Jesus. But Martin Luther wanted to help the people know God even more. Martin thought that the people did not know all the good things God wanted for them. "I will help the people," Martin said. "I will write some songs about God's love." And that's what he did. Martin Luther wrote many, many songs that people still sing today. "I will write books about God's love." And that's what he did. Martin wrote books to help parents and their children learn the story of God's love.
"I will write the Bible again in a language that people will understand." And that is what he did. Martin Luther rewrote the Bible so the people could read it themselves. Martin Luther was very busy. Martin Luther loved God and brought the good news of the Bible simply and clearly to many, many people.
Here are three great truths about the Christian faith.
- Salvation is God's gift to us in Jesus.
- We are saved by grace, for Christ's sake, through faith.
- We can be sure of this because God's Word - and God's Word alone – can guide us in all matters of faith.
God doesn’t love us because of our worth. We are of worth because God loves us. Martin Luther
Here are some great resources to share with others:
Did Martin Luther Go On A Diet of Worms?
(Church History for Kids Book 2) Kindle Edition
Who was Martin Luther? Did he go on a Diet of Worms? Follow along with our little bookworm as we learn more about one of the greatest reformers of church history! Illustrated in picture book format for young children. Summarises major life events of Martin Luther from birth to the Diet of Worms.
An excellent video to share
Stop motion animation that uses Playmobil to tell the story of Martin Luther, and the Reformation. Over 4000 individual photos bring to life scenes from the life of Luther like the castle where he hid as an outlaw, Wittenberg where he taught, the monastery where he was gripped by the Bible, and the Imperial Council at Worms. This video may be downloaded for free to show in church, youth groups and schools.
Grow Ministries also has some great resources for you in our GIFT Martin Luther.
We have included some samples below: