Foundations 500: Justification (October 29th, 2017)

On the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Pastor Paige opened with the story from John 12:20-36a of some Greeks at a festival who told Jesus’ disciple, Philip, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus." The Greeks longed to be insiders like the disciples. On Reformation Sunday, we celebrate the great truth Martin Luther discovered when he dove into God’s Word 500 years ago: we are saved by grace through faith. That makes us all insiders. We are able to have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, not because we earn it, but because God gives us his love as a free gift through the cross and resurrection of Jesus. The sermon ends with ideas for how we can live out that great gift today, and share God’s grace with those around us.