Looking Back and Looking Forward, by Dan Doll

NEWSLETTER_DECEMBER_SCUTT-013At the end of October SouthLake had its annual Reformation Day festival and it was a tremendous success! It was great to see the youth and small children dressed up as Bible characters and celebrating the day the Reformation started!

Reformation Day is the celebration of the day that the Protestant Reformation was started. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a monk in the Roman Catholic Church, wrote 95 theses. This was a collection of offences that Luther knew the Roman Catholic Church was committing against what is taught in the Bible. He claimed that the Church needed to reform in order to follow what was taught in scripture. While each of these theses had a specific purpose, they could be summed up in four phrases, now known as the five Solas. Sola Fide¸ by Faith alone, Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone, Solus Christus, though Christ alone, Sola Gratia, by Grace alone, and lastly Soli Deo Gloria, Glory to God alone. These five emphases became the heart of the Protestant Reformation and to this day are upheld by the Protestant Church.

Reformation Day is celebrated because of the reformation of the Church , not a replacement of Halloween, but rather to commemorate a day that celebrates our Protestant Christian Heritage on the day that it began. This is a day like that of Christmas and Easter—which celebrate what Christ has done. Christmas and Easter are celebrated because Christ became God incarnate, lived a perfect life, was crucified, died, was buried, and then rose again from the dead. Reformation day is celebrated because God used Luther to purify the Church, to reform it so that we would focus through the Bible on what God has done through his son, Jesus.

This is why I get so excited when Reformation Day comes around. It is a reminder of the day when we refocused our eyes on our faith in Christ alone, by grace alone, shown in Scripture alone, giving glory to God alone.

One of the ways our Youth are living out their authentic faith is in their newest mission’s project with the Pregnancy Center of Lake Norman.
I wrote about their project in the last newsletter, but I want to give you an update on how it went.

In the past, the Church as a whole has partnered with this great ministry. But this year, the Youth decided to help the Lake Norman Pregnancy Center as well through their own gifts and abilities. In the middle of November, the Youth came together and bought items needed for the Pregnancy Center. They wrote cards of encouragement to the mothers telling of God’s love for them and a short Gospel message. These cards and the items were then taken to the Pregnancy Center. While there, the Youth were taught more about the Pregnancy Center itself. They learned ways they could help in the future and how they can tell others about this needed ministry.

As we go into the heart of these winter months, I encourage you to be involved in the Youth Ministry. Being “involved” does not mean you have to be a youth, ‘though that always helps … but rather that you 1) see the need to be involved, 2) want to see the gospel taught, and 3) have the desire to see our youth grow in grace. We are always looking for more people to join our ministry. We need more youth to attend our weekly and monthly events, more adults to assist with the discipleship of the youth, and more prayer warriors to pray for the youth on a consistent basis.

Thank you all for any support you are giving or may give. If you would like to be a part of, or know more about SouthLake’s Youth Ministry, please contact Dan Doll.