Reformation theology

  • A History of the Westminster Confession of Faith

    A brief history of the Westminster Confession of Faith

    George Santayana aptly stated; “[t]hose who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.”[1]

  • Amazing Grace DVD

    Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism

    You can download a free copy of the entire Amazing Grace Study Guide here.

    "At last!...a balanced, well-crafted, stimulating (even provocative) video presentation of the biblical faith – with its world and life view – as recovered by the Reformation. It is a "must see" for all evangelical Christians." Dr. Cortez Cooper, former head of the MNA for the Presbyterian Church in America

    Just what is "Calvinism?" Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won't evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God's sovereignty and man's responsibility? What are the differences between historic Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism? Why did men like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards and a host of renowned Protestant evangelists deny the Arminian definition of free will and label it heresy? Why did the Roman Catholic Church condemn the Reformed teaching of predestination and election and embrace free will theology? And why do so many Protestants, perhaps unwittingly, agree with Rome on this issue?

    "Amazing Grace – The History and Theology of Calvinism" is the first video documentary that answers these and other related questions. This fascinating three-part, four-hour presentation is detailed enough so as to not gloss over the controversy. At the same time, it is broken up into ten "Sunday-school-sized" sections to make the rich content manageable and accessible for the average viewer.

    Part One explores the history of the debate. It begins with the pivotal dispute between Augustine and Pelagius and continues through the semi-pelagian controversy; focusing particularly on the debate between Martin Luther and Desiderius Erasmus. Many viewers will be shocked to discover that free-will theology was NOT the doctrine of the Reformation but instead the teaching of an increasingly apostate Roman Catholic Church. The history section ends with a definitive historical explanation of the issues that arose during the Calvinist/Arminian controversy. By examining the five points of Arminianism and the Synod of Dort's response, the viewer will clearly see that the Protestant Church understood how the Gospel would be compromised if Arminianism prevailed.

    Part Two opens the Word of God, our ultimate authority for life and faith. The five points of Arminianism are put on trial as what would later come to be known as the "five points of Calvinism" are clearly and forcefully presented.

    Part Three asks and answers the provocative question: If Calvinism is true, if God is absolutely sovereign; then why should we evangelize? It also explores the vital issue of how to and to whom the gospel should be presented so as to be faithful to the great doctrines of God's sovereignty, man's depravity, and the miracle of amazing grace.

    Rich in graphics, dramatic vignettes, and biblical analogies, Amazing Grace – The History and Theology of Calvinism also features many of the finest reformed thinkers and pastors of our time: Dr. R.C. Sproul, Dr. D. James Kennedy, Dr. George Grant, Dr. Stephen Mansfield, Dr. Thomas Ascol, Dr. Thomas Nettles, Dr. Roger Schultz, Pastor Walt Chantry, Dr. Joe Morecraft, Dr. Ken Talbot, Pastor Walter Bowie and Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr..

    Come learn what the great Baptist preacher C.H. Spurgeon meant when he said,"...to deny Calvinism is to deny the gospel of Jesus Christ."

    "This video series boldly, clearly, and winsomely sets forth the glorious, saving grace of God in its splendor and will help thousands to understand the gospel better and so to be filled with praise for their Savior." Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, Associate professor of historical theology and social ethics, Knox Theological Seminary, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

    "I want you to know that ever since my wife and I bought our first copy when it was new and being mentioned in World Magazine, we have been excited about the product. We've ordered more copies for friends. This year my church asked if I would facilitate an eight-week discussion using your DVD. Week after week in our Adult Sunday school some twenty or thirty people have sat riveted by your presentation. The message and the abundant quantity of Scripture, the well-known and not so well-known speakers – all of them excellent communicators, as well as the extremely high production quality – camera angles, lighting, sets and sound, the humorous vignettes have captured everyone's attention. The Doctrines of Grace are, of course, a wonderful gift from our Lord, but your production is an excellent instructional tool, and if others and their churches are benefiting the way we have been, then I think the Lord must be pleased." Jack Blake, Charlotte, North Carolina.

    You can watch Amazing Grace Free Here

  • How The Reformation Transformed the West

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    Join Dr Peter Hammond, of Reformation SA, to see how the Protestant Reformation influenced and was foundational to Western Civilization. The Protestant Biblical world and life view transformed the West into thriving, prosperous and free societies; something Roman Catholicism did not and could not achieve.

  • Martin Luther and Music Reformation

    Luther music

    Martin Luther was a theologian and a musician. He was an artist. Luther loved beauty. A philosophy of "it's only the words that count" would not have cut it with Luther. Neither would have much of the evangelly fish music that parades many modern churches. To Luther, music was a jewel in man's crown, so important that theology was the only art to be put on the same level as it. Luther understood the impact of music on life and worship. God gave man 150 inspired pieces of theology infused music, the Psalms. Music shapes a man's theology and life. What you immerse yourself in musically comes out in your life and behaviour. Music comes out of our fingertips. Luther understood the connection between music and theology. He recruited poets and musicians to write Psalms, spiritual songs, and hymns to transform the world. Reformation through music. Words matter. Music matters. 

  • Reformation Overview DVD

    Reformation Overview DVD & PDF Guides

    Based on the Gateway Films/Vision Video church history film series, these six half-hour programs vividly bring to life the Reformation, its colorful leaders, and history-shaping turning points.

    1. John Wycliffe - Called the "Morningstar," this courageous forerunner paved the way for momentous changes to come. His teachings challenged the authorities, but they exiled him, and his exile provided the opportunity for his monumental achievement that has benefitted us all -- the Bible in English.

    2. John Hus - He carried forth Wycliffe's groundbreaking work. His passionate calls for reform brought him before the Council of Constance. There he was betrayed by false accusations. He refused to capitulate and was condemned to burn at the stake. He died singing.

    3. Martin Luther - He wanted only the quiet solitude of the monastery. There this guilt-burdened monk discovered the freedom of the Gospel. He couldn't keep quiet about it, nor could he stop the relentless swirl of events that propelled him to a decisive role in the shaping of the modern world.

    4. Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin - They led the Reformation in Switzerland. Both capable scholars, they had to interpret the newly recovered dimensions of the Gospel in the midst of a hurricane of change, social chaos and fierce opposition. From Zurich and Geneva their writings and developments would permeate the church worldwide.

    5. The Anabaptists - Called "the Radicals," they were opposed by just about everyone--Catholics, Protestants, and political leaders. Two of their earliest leaders, Michael and Margaretha Sattler, were executed for their beliefs while still young, but their legacy endures to this day.

    6. God's Outlaw: William Tyndale - This humble, young scholar became one of the most hunted fugitives ever, pursued by King Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, Sir Thomas More and others. His crime? Translating and circulating the Bible in English. He was caught and killed, but his unquenchable vision was marvelously fulfilled.

    PDFs included on the DVD

    48-page leader's guide with background information, discussion questions, and optional Bible study for each session
    24-page student workbook

    Media type: DVD
    Running Time: 160 Minutes
    Region: All
    Production Year: 1995
    Producer: Christian History Institute

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