After the Diet of Worms, Luther’s life was endangered, but he was stolen away by friends to a castle where he translated most of the New Testament from the Greek to German. Luther returned to Wittenburg to put an end to the peasant revolts being stirred up by Carlstadt, one of the other professors there.

Luther continued working for a reformation of the whole church but in other places, especially Switzerland, others were also working to the same end. Luther was invited to the Marburg Colloquy where he, Melancthon, and others from Germany met and debated Zwingli and others from the Swiss Reformation. Luther stood firm on the words of Christ ‘This is My body’ and would not move from his position of a physical presense of Christ in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. This meeting almost ended in disaster and a complete division between the two groups of reformers, but at the last moment Luther himself was convinced to write up a statement of agreement between the two sides. The primary issue of disagreement was only the view of the Lord’s Table. On all other critical issues they were in agreement.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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