The German-Speaking Church
What Is the Opportunity?
Today, Germany faces many of the same challenges it faced five centuries ago, with the fog of Roman Catholicism being replaced by the bleakness of skeptical secularism. German publishing, an industry which helped fuel the fire of Reformation, is consolidating and becoming less tolerant of Reformed materials.
Yet, our sovereign God still rules. German youth, in particular, have demonstrated an eagerness for theologically-sound materials. Reformed ministries such as Evangelium21 (E21) have arisen, signaling, “a time of both challenge and opportunity,” as 3L Verlag, our German publishing partner, describes it.
How Is Ligonier Meeting These Needs?
In the following outreach efforts, we strive to reach German-speaking pastors, unbelievers, and laypeople in varied walks of life.
The Reformation Study Bible
Several years ago, Ligonier was excited to release our revised Reformation Study Bible, and it is now our great privilege to announce the release of this seminal work into German. As with the English edition, there are over 1.1 million words of verse-by-verse commentary and topical explanations, award-winning maps and visual aids, contributions from 75 distinguished theologians, theological summaries from R.C. Sproul, and nearly 2,000 years of creeds, confessions, and catechisms. In Wittenberg, at our conference in August 2017, Ligonier distributed samples of this edition—exactly five centuries since a German monk called his countrymen to emphatic reform. As Dr. R.C. Sproul has said, “The light of the Reformation was the light of the Bible”—and the same is true today.
The Ligonier Statement on Christology
The Ligonier Statement on Christology seeks to encapsulate the historic, orthodox, biblical Christology of the Christian church in a form that is simple to confess, useful in helping to teach the church’s enduring faith, and able to serve as a common confession around which believers from different churches can rally for mission together.
Growing interest in the Reformed faith has sparked an eagerness for the teachings of R.C. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries. In the coming year, our goals include translating, printing, and distributing the following Reformation Trust titles:
- Are We Together? by R.C. Sproul
Our variety of teaching series help promote theological education, and in the coming months we plan to make the following, all with R.C. Sproul, available on YouTube in the German language:
- Chosen by God
- What Is Reformed Theology?
- Additional teaching series will be translated in partnership with E21
Recently Translated Books (All by R.C. Sproul)
- The Prince's Poison Cup
- The Barber Who Wanted to Pray
- Surprised by Suffering
- Unseen Realities: Heaven, Hell, Angels, and Demons
- Essential Truths of the Christian Faith
- Crucial Questions booklet series
- The Legacy of Luther, ed. R.C. Sproul and Stephen Nichols
- The Reformation Study Bible, R.C. Sproul, general editor
Recently Translated Teaching Series
What Is Needed?
- Translation, production, and distribution of the German Reformation Study Bible — $25,000 USD
- Digital outreach — $16,500 USD (annual)
- Printing and distribution of The Legacy of Luther — $9,000 USD
How Do Your Gifts Help?
These are a few of many international outreach projects underway, and we ask you to prayerfully consider supporting this effort through financially giving or simply through praying for the German-speaking and global church. Your generosity helps us translate, print, and distribute trustworthy resources, providing countless opportunities to reach people of varying ages and callings.
"Truly, the German church has long thirsted for the same material that Reformed and Conservative churches in the United States have."
—3L Verlag, German Publishing Partner
Our policy is to apply gifts given toward a specific program. If we receive more contributions than can be wisely used for a given project, we apply these funds to meet other pressing needs in our outreach efforts. We are committed to stewarding all gifts wisely toward the goal of proclaiming the holiness of God to as many people as possible. Ligonier Ministries is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.