Dates/Times: Oct 9, 16, 23, 30 – 6:30-8:30pm
Address: Regional Campus | 7616 Business Park Dr. Greensboro, NC 27409
Taught by: Dr. Mark Nickens
Mark has a Ph.D. in Church History and has taught Church History classes at 20 seminaries, universities, and Bible institutes in the USA (Liberty University), Belize, Nigeria, Kenya, and India.
On October 31, 2017, many around the world will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the hammer strike heard around the world. On this date in 1517, it is said that Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation when he nailed his 95 Theses to the front doors of the Castle Church at Wittenberg, Germany, calling out the sinful excesses of the Roman Catholic Church. The effects of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation on the church and the world are impossible to overstate. Had the Reformation never happened, you possibly would not be attending Mercy Hill church today. But in many ways, Luther’s life and teaching are every bit as relevant for us today. This class will discuss how Luther’s life and ideas so long ago still impact our daily faith and the way we read the Bible.
Week 1: The background of the dilemma: Why did Luther (and do we) experience spiritual angst?
Week 2: The dilemma has a solution: What answer did Luther (and do we) find in the Bible?
Week 3: The solution has a problem: What issues did this cause for Luther (and cause for us)?
Week 4: The problem is not really a problem: How did Luther (and should we) eventually act toward God?
Book provided: Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career by James M. Kittleson and Hans H. Wiersma