Yesterday Elizabeth asked me what Martin Luther said in his 95 theses (declarations) to the church in Wittenberg. You may read the theses here. The statements were his attempt to bring the church to a point of repentance for its corruption of the truth of the gospel — that man is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. His first declaration summarizes the rest very well: “When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said ‘Repent,’ He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”

For more information about Luther’s life and influence, you may read or listen to John Piper’s biographical message that he did at the Bethlehem Baptist Church pastor’s conference ten years ago.