ADVERTISING
 
Wednesday, February 20   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
Bible literacy
How often do you read the Bible?







SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Reformation 2017
 

Evangelicals in Europe celebrate the Reformation

Public gatherings, concerts, television broadcasts and creative initiatives in many countries. 

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus 31 OCTOBER 2017 16:18 h GMT+1
A special service to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation gathered 8,000 evangelical Christians in Madrid. / 500Reforma.org

Evangelical Christians in European countries are celebrating the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, started 500 years ago.



The 95 theses Martin Luther wrote to denounce the abusive practices by preachers selling indulgences started a spiritual movement that later was summarised in the five “Solas”: Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Solus Christus and Soli Deo Gloria.



Evangelical Christians in Europe and the rest of the world have organised thousands of initiatives in the last 12 months to highlight the central values of the Reformation and its effects in all areas of society.



 



Martin Luther and the Bible, a statue in Dresde, Germany. / Wikimedia, CC

Luther and the other Reformers understood that “what the people need is the Word of God, which drives away the darkness, brings live, brings creation into a new creation”, says theologian Mike Reeves in an interview.



With this high view of the Bible and its power to transform individuals and the whole of society, thousands of evangelical churches in Europe have organised big and small public events.



 



One of the biggest gatherings to celebrate the Reformation in 2017 happened in Ukraine.



 



A general view of the celebration of the Reformation in Kiev, Ukraine. / Facebook



In September, at least 160,000 evangelical Christians met in Kiev to celebrate the beginning of the Reformation with music, Bible readings and prayer. A few days earlier, President Petro Poroshenko had signed an order to recognise the anniversary.



“The doors that once were closed are wide open today. Evangelical Christians from all over Ukraine were able to praise the Lord for His blessings, but also to share the Good News with their friends and relatives”, a Christian told Evangelical Focus.



In France, hundreds of young evangelical Christians met in Le Havre in July to celebrate the Reformation and start social and mission projects around the theme “Move your France”. That same week, 10,000 Christians celebrated a special prayer day that ended with an evangelistic evening.



 



Evangelicals prayed for France in Le Havre. / CNEF



In Spain, a worship service to commemorate the Reformation was broadcasted on the public television on Saturday 28 October. It was one of the 500 special services organised by churches in dozens of Spanish cities.



The document “The 95 theses of the Reformation, 500 years later” brought together the ideas of about 90 authors to apply the Christian values to areas like education, economy, media, youth, political action and science. This document has been widely shared on social media on 31 October and handed to political representatives.



King Felipe received a delegation of Spanish evangelical Christians for the first time.



Classical and gospel and pop-rock concerts have filled theatres and churches in several cities and lectures on the Reformation in Spain were held in universities and cultural centres.



 



Young evanvgelicals in Spain celebrate the Reformation on the streets of Madrid. / 500Reforma



Earlier in the year, a week of evangelism, fellowship, concerts, celebration services and a Protestant Congress brought thousands to Madrid.



In Switzerland, evangelical Christians have distributed 500,000 copies of a Reformation newspaper, which “the greatest Reformer, Jesus” to its readers.





The surprise action #Thesenanschlag2 was organised on the 30 October. About 10,000 posters were “nailed” in public spaces of 140 towns and cities. They all linked to a website which encouraged every citizen “Reform yourself” in the light of Scripture.



In the Czech Republic, school teachers have promoted an educational program about Jan Hus, the Czech Reformer. This has been used in one in ten schools in the country.



 



Poster adverstising broadcasting of special Reformation service on the Portuguese public television. / AEP

Evangelicals in Portugal have also organised many events, including a worship service broadcasted lve on public television on Reformation Day.



In Bulgaria, 3,000 Christians gatehered in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia to commemorate the Reformation and celebrate the Protestant work in the country so far. A choir and orchestra formed by members of evangelical churches and a short documentary were some of the higlights. 



 



“THE MESSAGE OF THE REFORMERS IS RELEVANT TODAY”



Representatives of the World Evangelical Alliance were received by the President of Kosovo. “The message of the Reformers is as relevant today as it was five hundred years ago”, the evangelical body has said recently.



The relevance of the Reformation has also been underlined by evangelical Christians in Italy (“The Reformation unearthed the Word of God”) and the United Kingdom (“Luther’s witness to the primacy of biblical authority shapes our identity as evangelicals”).


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Evangelicals in Europe celebrate the Reformation
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
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’.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
VIDEO Video
 
10,000 signatures ask for action to release Nigerian Christian Leah Sharibu 10,000 signatures ask for action to release Nigerian Christian Leah Sharibu

After one year in captivity, “the least we can do is to stand with her, to protest and to pray until we see her released”, says Mervyn Thomas of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

 
Lindsay Brown: 3 challenges for the church today Lindsay Brown: 3 challenges for the church today

In an interview, Lindsay Brown analyses three challenges for the church in Europe and elsewhere and how they can be turned into opportunities for the gospel.

 
In the workshop of cartoonist Alain Auderset In the workshop of cartoonist Alain Auderset

The Swiss-Spanish artist and Evangelical Focus author speaks about how he relates work and faith.

 
Can science explain everything? Can science explain everything?

A debate about science and faith between Oxford Emeritus Professor of Mathematics John Lennox and Oxford Emeritus Professor in Chemistry Peter Atkins. Moderated by journalist Justin Brierley.

 
 
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.