Why the Reformation Still Matters

By Michael Reeves, Tim Chester

Why the Reformation Still Matters

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Why the Reformation Still Matters

By Michael Reeves, Tim Chester

Does the Reformation Still Matter?

In 1517, a German monk nailed a poster to the door of a church, disputing key doctrines taught by the Roman Catholic Church in that day. This moment set in motion a movement that changed the entire trajectory of church history. But do the Reformers still have something to teach us?

In this accessible primer, Michael Reeves and Tim Chester answer eleven key questions raised by the Reformers—questions that remain critically important for the church today.


Michael Reeves (PhD, King’s College, London) is president and professor of theology at Union School of Theology in Oxford. He is the author of Delighting in the TrinityRejoicing in Christ; and The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation.

Tim Chester (PhD, University of Wales) is a faculty member of Crosslands and a pastor with Grace Church, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire. He is an author or coauthor of over forty books, including A Meal with JesusReforming Joy; and, with Michael Reeves, Why the Reformation Still Matters.


“Rarely does one find such a rich combination of historical theology and passionate exegetical argument. This is a warm, pastoral, and rigorous defense of the central claims of the Reformation. It also includes a defense of this common heritage from the perspective of Anabaptist/Baptist distinctives that recognizes important differences with the magisterial Reformers. For both reasons, Why the Reformation Still Matters represents an important contribution to ongoing conversations in the global church.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, Justification (New Studies in Dogmatics)

“Authors Michael Reeves and Tim Chester have made a solid contribution to the commemoration of the Reformation in their clear account of what the major Reformers, especially Martin Luther and John Calvin, taught about Jesus, God’s grace, Scripture, the sacraments, and other important subjects. With the five-hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses quickly approaching, this timely book underscores the vital importance of what he and other early Protestants devoted their lives to teaching.”
Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame; editor, Protestantism after 500 Years  

“Reeves and Chester clearly and straightforwardly explain the vital importance of the Reformation, summarize its message, and show its ongoing relevance. Why the Reformation Still Matters may be only two hundred pages long, but it vibrates with life. A brilliant achievement by two modern-day doctors of the church, and a great little book.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“If there are any doubts over whether the Reformation still matters or whether the church needs to be always reforming, Reeves and Chester dispel them. Winsome and wise, this book provides solid reasons to be Protestant and offers biblically and historically accurate accountings of key doctrinal formulations. As Protestant Christians around the world celebrate the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation, they will find strong encouragement here. Semper Reformanda!
Sean Michael Lucas, Senior Pastor, Independent Presbyterian Church, Memphis, Tennessee; Chancellor’s Professor of Church History, Reformed Theological Seminary

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Table of Contents:


  1. Justification 
    How Can We Be Saved?
  2. Scripture 
    How Does God Speak to Us
  3. Sin 
    What Is Wrong with Us?
  4. Grace 
    What Does God Give Us?
  5. The Theology of the Cross 
    How Do We Know What Is True?
  6. Union with Christ 
    Who Am I?
  7. The Spirit  
    Can We Truly Know God?
  8. The Sacraments 
    Why Do We Take Bread and Wine?
  9. The Church 
    Which Congregation Should I Join?
  10. Everyday Life 
    What Difference Does God Make on Monday Mornings?
  11. Joy and Glory 
    Does the Reformation Still Matter?

General Index
Scripture Index


Format: Paperback
Case Quantity: 10
Page Count: 224
ISBN-10: 1-4335-4531-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-4531-3
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 8.66 ounces
Published: September 30, 2016