The Truth That Sets Us Free


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Psalm 46:1–2, Romans 1:16, 4:5

Most of us know far more about our national heritage or our family roots than we do about our spiritual birthright. Dates like 1492 or 1776 or the 7th of December 1941, mean far more to us than the 31st of October 1517. We are even more familiar with the Battle at Gettysburg or the Normandy Invasion than the Council of Constance or the Diet of Worms. Strangely, we can name the little ships that carried men across the Atlantic from Great Britain to North America—the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria—but if our lives depended on it, we’d be hard pressed to declare the contributions of men like John Wycliffe, John Calvin, or John Huss.

To illustrate how God uses ordinary people, let’s travel back in time to a period of history called the Reformation. The Reformation’s heroes and battlefields may not be as recognisable as the Battle of Trafalgar’s Admiral Lord Nelson aboard HMS Victory. Yet the soldiers who led a religious revolution from the 1300s to the 1500s made a tremendous difference in what matters most to us—our understanding of God, the Bible, and salvation.

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