When Luther posted his 95 theses, he didn’t know that he was starting a reformation. He just wanted to help the church see the truth written in the Bible. When we celebrate the reformation, we celebrate the Christian emphasis on the word of God.
In the reading from the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
God’s word sets us free. How? There are many ways, but here are three I highlight in the sermon:
First, God’s Word sets us free by teaching us what is really going on. It tells us about the spiritual forces at work behind everything we see and touch.
Second, it dispels the myths that we tell ourselves. We all like to believe that we’re free. The people who heard Jesus said so, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” But people need something to follow. God’s word tells us that we either belong to Sin or to God.
Third, God’s word sets us free by restricting us. Infinite options are terrifying. We get analysis paralysis, and we can’t function. When God’s word gives us an identity, as God’s child, and a purpose, those restrictions give us freedom to live.