This first sermon in our series reminds us how important it is to be “always reforming” ourselves into the image of Christ and is based on Philippians 3:12-14.
Jodocus van Lodenstein is not a name you hear bantered around at parties a lot, partly because he died in the 1600’s and partly because Jodocus sounds made-up; but he was the first to capture the true calling of the church in every age. After the Reformation, a lifeless faith took hold of most of England and the Netherlands. People loved the teachings of the Reformation (they even named the “Tulip” flower after these teachings), but they had little interest in applying the doctrines of grace to their lives. But Jodocus called the church to an invigorated spirituality rooted in the Word of God. He even created a slogan to remind people of our calling: “The church is Reformed and always in need of being reformed according to the Word of God.” We can also say it this way (with apologies to Emile Coue): “Every day, in every way, we are to be always reforming.” 500 years ago this month, Martin Luther set into motion the Reformation. What better way to celebrate this than by recapturing this glorious saying of the reformation: always reformed and always reforming and always by the Word of God.