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Christian leaders and Theologians will be gathering in Wittenberg, Germany from 16 - 21 October for the Reformation 500 Church Council. This Preliminary Theological Consultation is scheduled just prior to the 500th Anniversary of Professor Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the Castle Church Door in Wittenberg, Germany. These meetings will include Celebration Services and Guided Tours at historic Reformation sites. Church leaders that affirm the Authority and Inerrancy of Scripture and are committed to working for Biblical Reformation and praying for Revival, are invited to apply to participate.

The Need for Holding a Series of Church Council Meetings

Since early Church History, the global Body of Christ has convened Church Councils with representatives from many nations to determine by the consensus wisdom of Church's leaders, which side of the controversial doctrinal positions was Biblical and true, and which side was false and worthy of condemnation by the Church's leadership. The first Church Council was the Council of Nicea in 325AD, where the full Deity of Christ was upheld. The Church has had to go through this process throughout her history of official Church Councils, periodically clarifying what it considered to be true, Biblical doctrine, or heresy.


Controversies Which Confront UsSchlosskirche Wittenberg innen1

In this 21st century, 24 issues have risen to the surface as controversial issues, all of which arose from within Evangelical and Bible-believing sections of the greater Body of Christ worldwide. Over the past four decades, Dr. Jay Grimstead has gathered together various groups of Theologians from a wide range of denominations to discuss each of these 24 issues as they emerged into church life. Those Theological teams have boiled down each issue into its salient points, then have expressed the Biblical position on each key point in clear, concise creedal statements of "Affirmations and Denials" as theological documents to be presented to the Global Body of Christ for consideration.
 

Global Church Council Events

The three Global Church Council meetings are set to be in Europe in 2017, 2019 and 2021 to occur just prior to the 500th Anniversary of three major Church Historic events:

  • 1517: Dr. Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany;
  • 1519: Ulrich Zwingli launched the Swiss Reformation with expository preaching in Zurich, Switzerland;
  • 1521: Dr. Martin Luther presented his "Here I stand" speech before the emperor at the Diet of Worms in Germany.

By God's grace and leading, we are expecting representatives from many nations to participate in these events after having studied all 24 of these Theological Documents.


Reformation 500 Church Council – 16 - 21 October 2017

This event will not be a full Church Council like the ones in Zurich in 2019 and in Worms in 2021, but a Preliminary Consultation in which participants will go over all 24 Documents, plus discuss the mobilisation of Reformation and Revival in different nations and how to find godly, Christian leaders in many nations to invite them to the Church Councils in Zurich (2019) and Worms (2021).

There will be six different, three-hour discussion sessions and during each of those sessions, participants will split up into four different discussion groups, where four of the topics will be discussed.

Also a few people will be assigned, or volunteer, to work on a new "Global Generic Statement of Faith", starting with using COR's 42 Articles on the Christian Worldview as a "first draft" model which we hope to improve over the next few years. Some will also be working on creating a new "Universal Biblical Constitution" (UBC), to offer budding nations, or nations which want to establish a new, more Biblical Constitution.


Topics to be Discussed

If you plan to participate, you will need to study all 24 of the Church Council Documents. All 24 of the Church Council Documents to be discussed are downloadable from: www.ChurchCouncil.org. For a more thorough overview of this entire Church Council Project, and to view all the 24 Theological Documents together with introductions explaining each document, one may purchase the Coalition on Revival (COR) book with the title Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible.


That book may be ordered from www.NordskogPublishing.com or from www.Amazon.com. In Southern Africa, it is available from www.Christianlibertybooks.co.za. Also, the 17 "Worldview Documents" are available and printable from our other website at www.Reformation.net and www.Reform500.org. Those documents offer "blueprints" for how the Bible can be applied to every area of life to rebuild civilization upon the principles of the Bible in the fields of: Law, Government, Economics and Business, Education, Science, Media and The Arts, Family, Church etc.


StadtkircheReformation 500 Open-Air Celebration in Wittenberg Town Square

The Eurochor will join us for an open-air celebration in the Town square outside the City Hall by the statue of Luther on Saturday morning, 21 October. Then we will also walk over to the Schlosskirche and sing outside the church where Martin Luther nailed The 95 Theses on 31 October 1517.


Celebration Services in the Stadtkirche and Luther House

The Reformation 500 Church Council will also include guided tours of Luther House, the largest Reformation Museum in the world, the Stadtkirche, where Dr. Luther ministered and the Schlosskirche (Castle Church), birthplace of the Protestant Reformation. God willing, we will also hold services in these historic churches.


"Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?" Psalm 85:6


Accommodation:

Participants will be accommodated at the Colleg Wittenberg, a Conference Centre in Germany. See www.collegwittenberg.com for more details.


Cost:

The cost is $550 per person and includes 5 nights’ accommodation and food (except for 3 dinners out) plus the registration fee. Please send a cheque for $550 payable to the Coalition on Revival to P.O. Box 1139, Murphys, CA, 95247. Alternatively, make a transfer to Coalition on Revival checking account: El Dorado Savings Bank, Murphys, CA, Account number: 3830857404, Bank routing number: 321170978.


See also:
The Coalition on Revival Reformation 500 FIRE Manual
95 Theses for Reformation Today
Reformation Celebrations with the Eurochor
Africa Reformation Overland Mission


Dr. Peter Hammond
Frontline Fellowship
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa

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