Okay, why is October 31 an important date for Reformed and Presbyterian churches? Nope, it’s not because the kids will be out “Trunk or Treating” in our parking lots. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his “Ninety-five Thesis” on the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral… and the Protestant Reformation had begun.
In case you haven’t done the math yet, 1517 was five-hundred years ago this year. So in the “Reformed” tradition, we’re celebrating, although you probably haven’t seen any helium-filled balloons, or napkins and paper plates with big “500”s emblazoned on them—remember these are Reformed and Christian Reformed churches--and we’re infamous for our lack of exuberant celebration.
But this five-hundredth anniversary is indeed significant and we should be thankful for all of the courageous reformers who risked, and in many cases, lost their lives to bring the true gospel of “grace through faith alone” back to the world. So, as a tribute to our Reformed faith, I thought that it would be fitting for all of us to dedicate the next few months (June–October) to memorization and understanding of some of our basic foundational beliefs and creeds.
So, let’s see how well you know your Reformed faith.
We’ll start with the easy ones:
- Recite John 3:16.
- Pray “The Lord’s Prayer” (using the “Reformed” wording).
- Recite from memory Ephesians 2:8-9.
- Repeat “The Apostles’ Creed.” (Did you use “catholic church” or “Christian church”?)
- What is The Great Commission? Where is it found? Can you recite it?
Now we’ll find out who the true Calvinists are:
- Explain Guilt…Grace…Gratitude. (What’s the CRC version?) (hint: SSS)
- What are the “Five Points of Calvinism?” (You know them by the TULIP acronym.)
- Recite the first “Question and Answer” from the Heidelberg Catechism.
- What are the five “solas”?
(If you’re really good, you can give both the Latin and English versions.)
- List the Ten Commandments…in order.
How’d you do? If you weren’t perfect, don’t worry—you’ve still got four months to memorize them.
But you better get to it, because I’m going to quiz you again on October 31.
Written by Jim De Horn