This is it! We’ve come to the conclusion of our series! We hope that you can say with us, “It was good!” In the last few weeks, we have been both challenged and humbled by the lives of some remarkable women of the church. History confirms it. The women of the Reformation were every bit as invested in the gospel as the men were. Just as the Lord raised a line of mighty men for this hour in history, He also had a succession of godly women called for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
The Word of God tells us that Christians are to “stir one another up to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24). But how do we do this? Two ways. First, through the fellowship of the living saints. Hebrews 10:25 says “encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Second, through the encouragement of the dead. If ever there were a biblical mandate to study church history it is found in Hebrews Chapter 11. While the author of Hebrews could not have known, the women of the Reformation are among those numbered in that “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1). As we look to the lives of these church mothers, we are inspired to “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely” and to “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). I don’t know about you, but I’m sure looking forward to meeting some of these saints in glory and hearing all about the grace of God!
At the onset of our series, we explained our little endeavor to be barely a scratch on the surface when it comes to covering the whole of the contributions made by our sisters. To that end, we want to encourage you to pursue your own studies! I think we’ve proven that when we study the lives of the saints who have gone before us our hearts are strengthened and our faith is increased. We are reminded that the same God who was with them, is also with us! As it is written, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
As we pass the gospel flame of the Reformation to the next generation, may we view the world through the lenses of His divine providence, and the furtherance of the gospel. And, may the words of Romans 11:36 be inscribed across our hearts, just as it was our Reformation sisters, “For from him and through him and to him are all things.” Amen.
And now, for the winners….Can I have a drum roll, please?
The winner of Roland H. Bainton’s, “Women of the Reformation in Germany and Italy” is…….“Rachel”
The winner of Roland Bainton’s, “Women of the Reformation in France and England” is………“Christina Lum”
The winner of Susan Hunt’s “Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women” is……“Nohemi Lugo”
The winner of Roland Bainton’s “Women of the Reformation: From Spain to Scandinavia” is……“Jayneen”
The winner of Diana Lyn Severance’s “Feminine Threads: Women in the Tapestry of Christian History” is….“Amy”
Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for joining us, and celebrating the beautiful legacy of the women of the Reformation. May the Lord bless you!
The sun never shone on a nobler band of women than those who labored in the Reformation. There is little need of literary embellishment, their sublime faith and heroic deeds throw a halo of glory around them, and they stand with the Master on the mount of transfiguration. The simple story of their unselfish lives comes to us across the centuries with power and pathos to stir the dullest heart to sentiments of gratitude and veneration. Remarkable alike for their great personal charms, extraordinary leadership, masterly mental powers, sublime heroism, and entire consecration to God and humanity, the women of the sixteenth century have never been equaled. – Mrs. Annie Wittenmeyer
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