The Reformation was a time of doctrinal and
ecclesiastical reform. More significantly, it was a
time when the Bible was brought to the ears of the
common man. People were brought out of the deadness
of religion into the glory of being the children of
God. In Romans 10, we see a picture of the progress
the Word made during the Reformation
1. Availability of the Word (10:4-8)
You don't have to plumb the depths or scale the
heights to find Christ. Christ is near in the Word
and the preaching of the gospel. The Reformation
brought the gospel near again.
2. Necessity of the Word (10:9-14)
Faith is essential. Preaching is essential. The
Reformation brought back the centrality of preaching.
It is a troubling sign when churches lessen the
importance of preaching
3. Simplicity of the Word (10:15)
We have a message that shows the way to peace with
God for sinners who are at enmity with God.
Reformation preaching had a message that was simple
at its core.
4. Authority of the Word (10:15)
This is seen in the word 'sent'. The Reformation
preaching was bold and fearless as it declared the
authoritative Word of God
5. Beauty of the Word (10:15)
The feet bring a message which is beautiful
6. Generosity of the Word (10:12)
The Reformation made known the Lord's riches
7. Sovereignty in the Word (10:20)
The Reformation showed God's sovereignty. It is seen
in the truth that people who are not seeking the Lord
are the ones that actually find him. By nature we do
not seek Christ, but by the mercy of the new birth we
come to seek him
8. Responsibility to the Word (10:21)
God still holds those that do not find him
responsible for their sin.