This is my favorite picture from the Reformation: it is of Martin Luther using the word of God to point to Christ crucified. This is the goal of all Christian reformation: to direct and redirect men to Christ.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified… My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.
—1 Corinthians 2:2-5 (NIV-1984).
All congregations on earth are always in need of constant reformation. However, some don’t know it.
For more information on the above painting by Lucas Cranach (the elder), check out this post entitled “Cranach in the Study” by Pastor Caauwe.