ADVERTISING
 
Sunday, June 24   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Migration
Do Christians in your country have a Bible-based understanding of how migrants should be treated?




SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Reformation anniversary
 

Reformation worship service broadcast by Spanish national TV

Authors José de Segovia and Pablo Martínez presented the message of the Gospel to the audience. Other cities also commemorate Reformation with different events.

SOURCES Protestante Digital AUTHOR Evangelical Focus MADRID 03 NOVEMBER 2015 09:49 h GMT+1
The Reformation worship service. / TVE

For the first time ever, the national Spanish public television TVE (Televisión Española) broadcast a Reformation worship service in which different speakers remembered what happened in Europe 498 years ago, and explained what that it means to evangelicals today.



The United Choir of Madrid opened the celebration, singing classic traditional hymns and more modern songs as well.



José Pablo Sánchez, the director of the evangelical program of the Spanish national TV “Buenas Noticias” (Good News in Spanish), presented the event, introducing each participant.



“The Reformation was a movement with many faces and ideas. In our country, it was hidden and distorted”, Sánchez regretted, and, at the same time thanked the national television for the opportunity of broadcasting the service to the whole country.





The choir sang several hymns and songs. / TVE



 



SOLA SCRIPTURA



Theologian and journalist José de Segovia made a summary of the Reformation's history and principles. “In the Eve of All Saints, when we are so aware of death, Martin Luther published his 95 thesis, where he shows the freedom of the divine grace”, the theologian explained.



Luther and others rediscovered the message of Grace”, Segovia affirmed, while he remembered that “all the same elements that contributed to the appearance of the Reformation were present in Spain”, but it was almost suppressed “by the Inquisition”. “Their suffering gave testimony of this truth”, the journalist added.



“The Reformation message is described by its first principle: Sola Scritpura, because it is a challenge to discover the truth by ourselves”, Segovia manifested. “It is there where we find a God full of grace, who receives each one of us, just like we are”, he continued.



 



José de Segovia. / TVE



 



The encounter with God is “by faith in Jesus Christ. The reformers talked about Jesus' merits, and they found that Jesus had done everything”. Because of that, the Spanish reformers sacrificed their lives.



“Truth could not be incarcerated or be silenced with the Inquisition´s bonfires, they had found their eternal freedom in Christ”, Segovia commented.



“It is only Christ who unites so many different people in many movements since then”, he explained, pointing out the differences between the church and the Lord of the church.



“The world is not interested in the church at all today, but Christ is still popular, and that is the Reformation's aim. The glory of Jesus is what captivates the heart up to the point of giving up ambitions, illusions and dreams for Him”, Segovia concluded.





THE MOST IMPORTANT TWEET EVER



Psychiatrist and international author Pablo Martínez was the next speaker. “The righteous shall live by faith”, he recalled in his message.



“That was the verse which changed Luther´s life, so short that it could have been a tweet. Actually, it could be the most important tweet of your life, it is the deepest short message you will be able to find”, Martínez affirmed.



 



Pablo Martínez Vila. /TVE



 



“Faith is not believing in something, but in someone. In whom do we believe? The recipient of the Christian faith is a personal God, revealed in the Word and incarnated in Christ. It is not an impersonal force, believing is much more than just having a belief”, he explained.



According to Martínez, this faith has 3 steps. The first is knowing Jesus, someone who “is not an ideology or a religion”, but looks for a personal relationship. To know him, Martínez said, it is necessary “to go to his verbal revelation in His Word.”



Secondly, faith in Christ implies trusting in Him. “Faith is discovering the grace of God in Christ, and hold on to it”, to “discover that not only Christ died, but He died for me.”



Finally, it is a committed faith, “by faith I respond to God' love, that is why Christianity is opposed to religion: religion is the effort of men to reach God, but the truth is God's effort to reach men, the grace of Christ on the cross in the faith´s climax.”



Martínez concluded stating that “faith generates authentic life, it is a promise of life, of hope, in the middle of so much darkness. Faith is essential for life, it gives us plenitude.”





MUSIC THROUGHOUT THE EVENT



At the end of the event, the internationally known singer Marcos Vidal interpreted the song “I was blind”, a personal testimony of how much someone is transformed when we he gets to know Jesus.



The United Choir of Madrid closed a service which gathered dozens of people in an historic event for the Spanish evangelical community.



 



Marcos Vidal. / TVE



 



CELEBRATIONS IN OTHER SPANISH CITIES



In Girona, Catalonia, 290 people gathered to celebrate Reformation Day in an institutional act. It was the first time that local authorities came to an event like this, which aims “to present the Protestant community to the people of Girona, because we are not very known yet”, according to Jaume Torrado, of the Catalonian Evangelical Council.



Other important event to commemorate Reformation, took place in Seville, in the south of the country. A concert by the classical chamber music group called “Esemble Bohórquez”, in honour of one of the Spanish Protestant martyrs. The group is formed by 15 young musicians who play wind and string instruments.



 



The Bohórquez ensemble playing Reformation music in a old Roman Catholic church in Sevilla. / Reforma Quinto Centenario



This was the first concert, where they played works of Bach, Haendel and Mendelssohn, along with a selection of hymns from the beginning of the Reformation until the twentieth century, all accompanied by a narration explaining the historical development of the Protestant music, its importance, and its stylistic and thematic evolution. The group plans to give several concerts to make the music of the Reformation known.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Reformation worship service broadcast by Spanish national TV
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
Christians in politics? Christians in politics?

What is the role of Christians serving in politics? An interview with Auke Minnema, the new General Director of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM).

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible

At the 2018 Apologetics Forum in Comarruga (Spain), Michael Ramsden, Pablo Martinez, Ruth Valerio and José de Segovia analysed how society and the Bible approach the issues of personal identity, integrity, sexuality, pop culture, and environmental care.

 
European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga

The network of Christian ministries working for the inclusion of people with disabilities, celebrated its tenth continental meeting in Latvia with the participation of 12 countries.

 

 
Coexistence in the church - a model for society Coexistence in the church - a model for society

“Gospel, identity and coexistence” were the themes of the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. Two days in Palma de Mallorca to reflect about the role of evangelical churches in society.

 
'Ungi kulimi changana' 'Ungi kulimi changana'

Educator and journalist Jordi Torrents shares images of the Sekeleka social centre in Mozambique. About 50 children live there, many with some kind of disability. All photos were taken with permission.

 
The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve

For the first time, the President of Portugal attended a worship service in an evangelical church. It was in Sintra, on Christmas Eve.

 
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Trailer: “The Peace Between” Trailer: “The Peace Between”

A film about the experience of refugees in Europe. Churches, small groups and individuals are encouraged to use it during Refugee Week: 17-24 June.

 
How can churches better support singles? How can churches better support singles?

Tina Tschage, on some areas in which other Christians can encourage singles.

 
The Church of Scotland debates historic doctrines The Church of Scotland debates historic doctrines

The Kirk has begun official procedures to investigate the status and the role of the Westminster Confession of Faith within its denomination.

 
Be safe on social media Be safe on social media

A video about the way traffickers target teenage girls online, produced by anti-slavery gorup Abolishion.

 
In Mission In Mission

A 360º lyric video about how all followers of Jesus Christ are called to serve God. Duo in Spanish (Alex Sampedro) and Portuguese (Marcos Martins).

 
Heart Heart

A short animation film by Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset tells the message of the Bible in four minutes.

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.