"Through faith alone": Our hope is not in who we are but in whom we have trusted, "The God who saves."
Martin Luther and a church door in Germany
The kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel (Mark 1:14).
October 31, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of a rather ordinary event that triggered an extraordinary outcome. The outcome happens to be one of the most important periods in church history, the Reformation. During the Reformation that “Protestants” (as they came to be called) recovered deep gospel truths that are stated in the five “sola’s” we are studying on Sunday mornings.
The event that triggered the Reformation? Well, it really was rather ordinary. Martin Luther was a monk and professor of theology in Wittenberg, Germany. He wanted to initiate public debate about a common practice of the time, the sale of indulgences. Indulgences were slips of paper that promised release from certain types of divine punishment for sins. For Luther, the sale--and marketing—of indulgences were contrary to Scripture and personally offensive.
Luther, a consummate professor of the time, developed a long list of arguments as to why the sale of indulgences should be ended. The list ran 95 arguments in length, and each was presented in crisp short format: hence the name, “95 Theses.”
Today we would probably launch a debate by posting a long comment on a Facebook wall. Alas, poor Luther, he had no such option! Instead, he followed the normal practice of his day: he nailed the Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg. The preamble to the list issued the call for debate:
Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther.
What happened as a result of Luther’s 95 Theses is now history. Given the way some of the theses were phrased, in retrospect it seems inevitable that Rome and the Pope would get involved. But for Luther, to post the 95 Theses was simply to defend some key points, best expressed in Theses # 1 and 62:
• When our Lord Jesus said, "Repent,” he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.
• The true treasure of the church is the most holy gospel of the glory and grace of God.
Adult Ed: "Commitment to one another" led by Fitzroy Dawkins will not meet today. It will resume on October 15th at 8:30 a.m. in the Adult Ed room. Next week’s topic is Church In Conflicts (Through the Ages).
Adult Ed: Theology Class is taught by John Wilsey at 9:30 a.m. in the Library.
Adult Ed: 1 Corinthians Class is led by Patrick Haley and Ray Carr at 9:30 a.m. in the Adult Ed room.
"Stirring Up the Gifts of Hospitality" is the work of the Holy Spirit & "we have not because we ask not". It's showing love to a stranger. It's more than just food and decorating, it's the attitude of the heart. The class is designed to give people confidence in their hospitality, whether it is just for family or a bigger group. Join us at 11:10 a.m. in Harris Hall. This class is open to all.
Stone Hill 101: Want to learn all about Stone Hill in the shortest amount of time? This class will be held at 11:10 a.m. in the Library through October 29th. Stone Hill 101 will cover the history, doctrine, belief, government, and membership process of Stone Hill Church. It will help you know how to serve on a team and impact your world. You will explore how God has uniquely wired you to serve His people and the world. This class is designed for everyone and serves as a membership prerequisite.
Stone Hill Children's Choir: Children ages 4 through 5th grade are welcome. When/ Where: Between services,10:40 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. in the 4th Grade Sunday School Room.
Bakers Needed: If you would like to bake for Stone Hill's Cafe this fall please make a loaf or two of some type of sweet bread. Please label it with "Cafe", the “date”, the “kind of bread”, and pop it into the freezer in the kitchen. It will be much appreciated by all!
Drivers Needed: If you have a driver's license, you can help in our Van Ministry! We need additional shuttle drivers to help - one Sunday a month. Drivers are needed from 8:50 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. and then after the service to 11 a.m. Drivers can still attend the 9:30 a.m. service. If you can serve, please contact the church at 609-924-316.
Serving our Community: Sunday, November 5th. We are looking for volunteers to serve runners during the Princeton Half Marathon which will be taking place in front of our church. The main duties are serving water/energy bars and cheering on the runners. Arrive at the water table by 7 a.m. The last runner will be served at about 9:30 a.m. – in time for church. Please contact Jim Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org and sign up on the Princeton Half Marathon website to volunteer. Select “Water Marshal #7”.
Extended Family: It's a joy to have Gina Lee as our Oct 11th speaker. Gina has beautified our church with her lovely orchids, her incredible art display, and her Christian testimony. Come be blessed. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. in the Library. Bring a friend!
TGC Regional Conference: The Gospel Coalition conference will be held at Stone Hill on Friday evening, October 13th and Saturday, October 14th. Our theme this year is “Prepared by Grace: The Eternal Gospel and Our Cultural Moment.” We will have Mark Dever and Russell Moore as our plenary speakers and worship led by Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace. For more information or to sign up visit stonehillprinceton.org/tgc2017.
Stone Hill Vision Luncheon: Sunday, October 29th at 12:15 p.m. Pastor Matt will be speaking about where we are and where we are headed with our church’s mission.
Baptism Class: If you want to be baptized, come to our two session baptism class on October 29th and November 5th at 11:10 a.m in the Adult CE room. The Baptism Service will he held on November 19th during both services. To sign up, go to stonehillprinceton.org/events.