Christian leaders and Theologians will be gathering in Zürich, Switzerland from 15-20 July for the Reformation 500 Global Church Council. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of Ulrich Zwingli launching the Swiss Reformation in Grossmunster, Zürich, with verse by verse expository preaching, starting with Matthew 1:1, the Global Church Council will be held near Zürich, 15-20 July 2019 to affirm 24 Theological documents applying the Lordship of Christ to every area of life. The Global Church Council will include a Reformation Celebration and guided tours of historic Reformation sites in and around Zürich. 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.
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 their leaders, which side of the controversial doctrinal position was Biblical and true and which side was false and worthy of condemnation by the churches’ leadership. The first Church Council was the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. when the full deity of our Lord Jesus Christ was upheld. The Church has had to go through this process throughout history, periodically clarifying what it considered to be true, Biblical doctrine, or heresy.
Controversies which Confront Us
In the 21st century, 24 concerns have risen to the surface as controversial issues, all raised by Evangelical and Bible-believing sections of the greater body of Christ worldwide (such as the Inerrancy of Scripture, the Centrality of Christ and the nature of man). 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 merged into church life. The Theological teams have boiled down each issue into its own salient points, then formulated 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
Following up on the Reformation 500 Church Council Consultation held in Wittenberg, Germany, October 2017, two major Global Church Council meetings are planned in the immediate future, including: Zurich 2019: on the 500th Anniversary of Ulrich Zwingli launching the Swiss Reformation with expository preaching in Zürich, Switzerland, in 1519; Worms 2021: on the 500th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther making his “Here I Stand” speech before the Emperor at the Diet of Worms in Germany, 18 April 1521. By God's grace and leading, we are inviting representatives from around the world, after having studied all 24 of these Theological documents, to apply to participate in these events.
Reformation 500 Church Council
At Reformation 500 Zürich, 15-20 July 2019, participants will discuss these 24 documents and the effective mobilisation of Reformation and Revival worldwide and how to find Godly, Christian leaders to work for Biblical Reformation and pray for spiritual Revival worldwide. Participation in these events are by invitation only to accredited leaders of churches, missions and colleges. The Church Council will include various discussion groups, working on a global generic Statement of Faith, Coalition on Revival’s 42 Articles on Historic Christian Doctrine and a universal Biblical Constitution to offer nations which want to establish new, more Biblical civilisations.
Topics to be Discussed
If you would like to apply to participate, you will need to study and sign all 24 of the Church Council documents which can be downloaded from www.churchcouncil.org.
Rebuilding Civilisation on the Bible
For a more thorough overview of this entire Church Council Project, or the 24 Theological documents together with introductions, explaining each document, one may purchase the Coalition on Revival book: Rebuilding Civilisation on the Bible. This book can be ordered from www.nordskogpublishing.com. In Southern Africa, it is available from www.christianlibertybooks.co.za. “To the Law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20
Resources for Reformation
Also 17 Christian Worldview Documents are available and can also be downloaded from our websites: www.reformation.net and www.Reform500.org. These documents offer blueprints for how the Bible can be applied to every area of life to rebuild civilisation upon the principles of the Bible in the fields of law, government, economics, business, education, science, media, the arts, family, church, etc. The Coalition on Revival Reformation 500 FIRE Manual is also available in print and online.
Reformation 500 on Social Media
If you are on social media, you can also find our Reformation500 Facebook page.
Audio Visual Resources
Videos of the Reformation 500 Wittenberg events and the Eurochor concert in Wittenberg can be viewed on the www.FrontlineMissionSA.org website Video Gallery under Reformation. For copies of the USA and Europe Reformation 500 Mission audio and video boxset, contact Christian Liberty Books, PO Box 358, Howard Place 7450, Cape Town, South Africa, Tel: 021-689-7478, Fax: 086-551-7490, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and Website: www.christianlibertybooks.co.za.
95 Theses for Reformation Today
The 95 Theses for Reformation Today leaflet can be viewed or downloaded for printing in English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish and Afrikaans from www.ReformationSA.org.
Greatest Century of Reformation
The inspiring lives and doctrines of the Reformers are available in the well-illustrated Greatest Century of Reformation book (288 pages with over 200 pictures and maps), available from www.christianlibertybooks.co.za.
For more information, or to apply to participate, contact Dr. Jay Grimstead of Coalition on Revival, P.O. Box 1139, Murphys, California, 95247, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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