by Zach Terry

A Biography of Martin Luther
Zach Terry
Hebrews 12:1-2

Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

The writer to the Hebrews wants us to view life as competing in an arena while the stands around us are filled to capacity with people who are cheering us on. IN this series we are listening more closely to a few choice voices throughout church history.

Tonight we are going to study the life of a man who the Pope called, ''a wild boar''. John Huss prophetically spoke of Luther many years earlier as he was about to be burned at the stake for translating the scriptures - Huss said, ''You are going to burn the goose, but in 100 years you will have a swan that you can neither roast nor boil''.

Birth and Early Life

Martin Luther was born in the 15th Century in the year 1483 as the son of a coal miner - Hans Luder and his wife Margarethe in Eisleben, Saxony. He was baptized as a Catholic.

The Luders had a decent measure of wealth. Hans had acquired a number of copper mines and Margarethe a significant inheritance. As a result they were able to provide a more than decent education for their children.

At the age of 14, Martin Luther left his home in Mansfield and was enrolled in a Latin school.

He was classically educated focusing on the so-called ''trivium'': grammar, rhetoric, and logic.

Incidentally - when the 95 thesis is posted - it will be written in Latin which was the language of the academics. That's important to realize - he wasn't trying to stir up a worldwide controversy but rather engage in an honest academic discussion.

At the age of 18 he enrolled at the ...

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