GGF Celebrates the Reformation

John Calvin's Letter to Cardinal Sadoleto (1539)

After Calvin's expulsion from Geneva (1538), the archbishop of Carpentras (in southern France, near Avignon, about as far from Geneva as Strasbourg was, but in the other direction) wrote to the Genevan people in an effort to persuade them to return to Roman Catholicism. Sadoleto's letter is notable in that it frankly acknowledged the abuses and corruption most frequently attacked by Protestants and other reformers. He argued that nevertheless authentic Christian faith was still best sought under the cloak of Holy Mother Church. In spite of having expelled Calvin from the town, the Genevans nonetheless requested that Calvin respond to Sadoleto's tract, and soon afterwards the city government ordered that the response be printed and publicized. Calvin's "Reply ," a powerful defense of the need for reform, sought to explain that Protestant reform was not simply a response to abuses in the church but to a rejection of the very heart of Catholic faith and practice.

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The inseparable bands quote "Here I stand. My conscience is captive to the word of God" on the black band, and on the white, "Loyal to Jesus. Loyal to His Gospel. Love His church"

On the inside of both bands are the five Solas: “Sola Fide. Solus Christus. Sola Gratia. Sola Scriptura. Soli Deo Gloria”

Martin Luther, the Father of Reformation truly captures the heart of the Reformation in his quote - that the highest authority is none other than the Word of God. 500 years later, and the call of the Reformation is still the same - We are to be Loyal to Jesus and Loyal to His Gospel, which leads to an inevitable Love for His Ghurch.

People of God, the Reformation is far from over. The Gospel Growth Fellowship is celebrating the 500 years of the Reformation in 2017 by calling on Christians in the Klang Valley to be loyal to Christ and to the same Gospel that was fought for 500 years ago.

The GGF #Reformation500 band thus symbolises our solidarity in the gospel and towards that end – so get yourself one today!

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Dr. Stephen Wellum

Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist theological Seminary; GGF Advisor

Dr. Bradley G. Green

Associate Professor of Christian Thought & Tradition, Union University

Dr. James M. Hamilton

Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary & author for Desiring God

Dr. Carl Trueman

Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Grove City College, Pennsylvania.

Rev. Canon Dr. Mark Thompson

Principal, Moore Theological College

Rev. Dr. Andrew Shead

Head of Old Testament, Moore Theological College

Rev. Dr. Peter Adam

Vice President of Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES) and former principal of Ridley College, Melbourne

Rev. Dr. Vaughan Roberts

Director of Proclamation Trust and writer of God's Big Picture

Rev. Christopher Ash

Writer-in-Residence at Tyndale House and Ministry Trainer at St. Andrew the Great, Cambridge

Glenn Nesbitt

Associate Minister, St Ebbe's Church

Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner

Associate Dean of The School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Ligon Duncan

Chancellor/CEO and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

Chris Larson & Dr Stephen Nichols

President and Chief Executive of Ligonier Ministries & President of Reformation Bible College and Chief Academic Officer of Ligonier Ministries

Dr. Sinclair Ferguson

Chancellor's Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

Dr. Richard Pratt

President, Third Millenium Ministries

Dr. Herman Selderhuis

Professor of Church History, Theological University of Apeldoorn (Netherlands)

Rev. Dr. David Peterson

Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in New Testament, Moore Theological College

Dr. Kevin DeYoung

Council Member of The Gospel Coalition, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte) & Senior Pastor at Christ Covenant Church (PCA) in Matthews,

Dr. Brian J. Vickers

Professor of NT Interpretation and Biblical Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Mark Dever

President of 9Marks, Council member of The Gospel Coalition & Pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, D.C.)

Dr. Bryan Chapell

President Emeritus, Covenant Theological Seminary

Dr. Jonathan Leeman

Editorial Director, 9Marks

Dr. Daniel Strange

Director, Crosslands Forum

Dr. Daniel Strange

Director, Crosslands Forum

Ps. Bobby Jamieson

Associate Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church

Timothy Brindle

Senior Admissions Counselor at Westminster Theological Seminary, Ph.D. Student in Old Testament

Dr. David Kummerow & Dr. Don West

Lecturer in Old Testament (left) & Principal (right), Trinity Theological College

Dr. Marty Foord

Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Church History, Trinity Theological College

Dr. Allan Chapple

Founding Principal, Trinity Theological College

Lecturers and students from Trinity Theological College

Celebrating the Reformation

Dr. Steve Brady

Principal of Moorlands College, England

Ps. Chris Chia

Senior Pastor of Adam Road Presbyterian Church, Singapore

Rev. Ying Yee & Ps. James Bryner Chu

Pastor of Chinese Christian Church, Milsons Point, Sydney (left) & Pastor of Pilgrim Community Church, Philippines (right)

Ps. Alan Au

Pastor of Captivate Presbyterian Church, Sydney

Ps. Jonathan Gregory & Ps. Hugh Thomson

Pastors, City Church, Birmingham (UK)

Ps. Neil Powell

Pastor, City Church, Birmingham (UK)

Dr. Chuck T. Lewis Jr

Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

George H. Martin

Professor of Christian Missions and World Religions, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The Doxology Vocal Ensemble

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Tie King Tai

President of the Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference (SCAC), The Methodist Church of Malaysia

Koh Tat Kim & Ps. Franklin Morais

Deacon, Air Jernih Presbyterian Church (left) & Pastor, City Discipleship Presbyterian Church KL

Elder Jacob Yeng

Air Jernih Presbyterian Church

Rev. Low Teck Wah

Malacca Presbyterian Church (English)

Woo Weng Kong

Leader, Evangelical Free Church Gospel Centre

Dr. Michael Crane

Chairman of Gospel City Network

Massimo Gei

Gospel City Network

Ps. Michael Lee and his wife, Jen

International Church @ Mont Kiara

Rodney Duncan

Kajang Baptist Fellowhsip

Ps. James Indran

Pastor of Tamil Reformed Baptist Church

Dr. Peter Lau

Visiting Scholar, Malaysian Theological Seminary (STM)

Ps. Eko Aria

Reformed Evangelical Church of Indonesia (GRII Malang)

Rev. Dr. Mark Earngey

Head of Church History @ Moore Theological College

Rev. Dr. David Tong

Senior Pastor of Reformed Evangelical Church of Indonesia (GRII Karawchi)

Dr. Philip Kern

Head of New Testament @ Moore Theological College

Dr. Dan Doriani

Professor of Biblical & Systematic Theology and Vice President at Large, Covenant Theological Seminary

Dr. Samuel T. Logan

International Associate Director of World Reformed Fellowship

Dr. John Currie

Professor of Pastoral Theology

Dr. Philip G. Ryken

President of Wheaton College

Dr. Ray Ortlund

Council Member of TGC

Dr. Richard D. Phillips

Council Member of TGC

Robert Brady

Executive Director of Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

Dr. Stafford Carson

Senior Director of Global Ministries at Westminster Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Tim Escott

Assistant Minister at St Marks Darling Point and Lecturer, Cornhill Sydney Preaching Training

James Adair, Tom Widdowson & Pr. Duncan Woods

Leader of Friends International, Assistant Team Leader of Christian Union North East (UK), Elder of Trinity Church Sunderland

Central to the Reformation was the primacy of Scripture in the church. Luther, Calvin, and others recaptured the study of Hebrew and Greek in order to discover what the biblical authors said in their original context. In short, the Reformers turned the tide, and the church today is still in their debt. May we embody the same seriousness as we come to the Scriptures and proclaim them to the nations.

Dr. Benjamin L. Gladd, GGF's Adviser for New Testament

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What the Reformation was about

Quoting Calvin's 'The Necessity of Reforming the Church':

"According to [the New Testament description of what a minister should be], no man is a true pastor of the Church who does not perform the office of teaching. But, in the present day, almost all those who have the name of pastors have left that work to others. Scarcely one in a hundred of the Bishops will be found who ever mounts the pulpit in order to teach. And no wonder; for bishoprics have degenerated into secular principalities. Pastors of inferior rank, again, either think that they fulfill their office by frivolous performances altogether alien from the command of Christ, or, after the example of the Bishops, throw even this part of the duty on the shoulders of others. Hence the letting of sacerdotal offices is not less common than the letting of farms."

Full essay can be found here:

Keller, Piper, and Carson on Why the Reformation Matters Today