ADVERTISING
 
Wednesday, September 19   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
Faith and political views
In my church...




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
 
Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church 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.

 
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’.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow

A team of Steiger mission is starting conversations about the gospel in the middst of the football celebration in Russia.

 
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.

 

 
VIDEO Video
 
How does romantic love change over time? How does romantic love change over time?

Psychatrist Pablo Martínez uses a metaphor to explain how romantic love evolves.

 
‘Mediterráneo’ ‘Mediterráneo’

“Something will change if you have hunger and thirst for justice”, sings Spanish artist Eva Betoret in a song about the refugee crisis.

 
How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility

Author Bruce Little: “We have moved from a sense of responsibility to ‘my personal rights’”.

 
Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’ Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’

How can we reach those who call themselves ‘Christians’ but have not experienced a conversion to Christ? Forty missiologists and mission practitioners came together for a Lausanne Movement global consultation in Rome.

 
 
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.