Information About Martin Luther and Lutheran Reformers
A document in 1530 used to defend Lutheran teachings was called The Augsburg Confession. It is mentioned in every Lutheran congregation's constitution to this day.
Luther found that many Christians didn't know the most basic parts of the faith. He wrote The Small Catechism so families had a summary of the Christian faith. This is still taught in Confirmation Programs. Luther also wrote a Large Catechism to assist Pastors in preaching.
Luther translated the Bible in everyday language. In his time, most people never read a Bible as they were written in Latin. Today there are many copies of scripture in many languages so it is available to all people.
Martin Luther nailed Ninety Five Theses to a church door in Wittenburg, Germany. He was concerned about the selling of indulgences to finance the Basilica of St. Peters, insisted that the pope had no power over Purgatory, and that the buying of indulgences gives people a false sense of security endangering their salvation.
After Luther died, his German followers argued about what his teachings really meant. They eventually agreed on "The Formula of Concord". This helps preachers and teachers know how to do their work so congregations understand what Jesus has done for them.
Because of Lutheran Reformers the focus of preaching focused on proclaiming the gospel.
Martin Luther was also a hymn writer. "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" was written by him. It is 5 centuries old and is still being sung today. In this song (based on Psalm 46) Martin Luther proclaims his confidence in God. He wants all Christians to fight against evil. Sing along ... words are included in the Link!