The Reformation: What You Need to Know and Why

Mike Reeves and John Stott

ref-no-whiteThe Reformation changed everything – culture, commerce and learning. Here in these few pages we focus on its core, its defining of a new Protestant church.

While Wittenberg in 1517 is often regarded as the start of the Reformation, the earliest-recorded heretik died in Scotland more than a hundred years earlier. Part l offers a fast-paced storyline of the whole period.

This book does not celebrate a schism. It sets forth biblical truth, and the part each of us must play in passing that truth on to the next generation. If the church is to be effective, we must believe and confess the gospel, obey it and adorn it, proclaim it and argue it, defend it, and be willing to suffer for it.

What of Christ’s prayer for Christians to be one? Would it be better to ignore, even forget the Reformation? If we look more closely at that prayer, we may be surprised by what we find.


  • Timeline
  • ‘The Story and Significance of the Reformation’ by Mike Reeves
  • ‘What is the Evangelical Faith and Why Does it Matter?’ by John Stott
  • Questions for Reflection
  • Martin Luther’s 95 Theses



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Date: 05 Apr 2017

4 comments on “The Reformation: What You Need to Know and Why
  1. Nigel Mohammed says:

    Post Tenebrax Lux….After Darkness Light. But today the Western Church not only does not even know that 31 October is the day Luther nailed his theses to the door at Wittenburg, it is ignorant about what the Reformation was actually about, for it was profoundly more than just Justification by faith alone, it was about the Gospel in all the Scriptures from Genesis 3v15 to the New Heavens and New Earth. If Luther were alive today, I wonder what his theses would be in order to protest against Institutional Churchianity run like a business by academic professionals as the Laodicean Church drowns in its own Lukewarm vomit…..Rise up O spirit of the Reformation again we pray O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ..,.

    • disciple says:

      The truth is so simple we miss it.
      Jesus came to leave with us not only salvation but the way to live, not by our own doctrine we derive from scripture but by putting his commands first. John 14:24 If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
      How can we not be what we supposed to be when we believe what He instructed to be true and practice it. It’s a small open book called the gospels. It will bring God into our lives and bring unity when we love, one family, all we must do is obey him if we love him.

  2. Jamie Wood says:

    Heretik? Only 100 years? Weren’t there heretics in the 2nd century? or how about the Canons of Orleans in 1022 or Guilhelm Belibaste in 1321 or William Sawtry in 1401? – they certainly died for their beliefs.

  3. lebron says:

    what events helped the reformation and how

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