This lecture is a review of Luther’s early life with a focus on the forces that God used to turn him from thinking salvation was by his own works, to understanding it is by faith alone. In his early life Luther excelled in his studies, his father dreamed of his son being a lawyer but God by his providence led Luther into a monastery. There he sought after righteousness, he sought to meet all of God’s demands for good works. In the end, through many people and events that God brought into Luther’s life, he understood that he could never be good enough to meet the standard God had set. God revealed to Luther the righteousness of Christ and he laid hold of this righteousness by faith.

Luther is an example to us - we too need to turn from our attempts at pleasing God through our own works and look in faith to Christ alone for our salvation.

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Greg Hodson

Greg came to Grace Church, Modesto from the UK in 1997. For many of the intervening years, he has functioned as a teaching elder in the fellowship. He is frequently involved in the teaching ministry and also leads the Internet Ministries and the Youth Ministry. Before coming to Grace Church, he was a teaching elder in a small village chapel in the UK for four years. He is married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

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