Sermon on St. Matthew 11:12-15 Reformation Day (Observed) 28 October 2012 + In the Name of Jesus + For by grace you have been saved through faith. — Ephesians 2:8 Some of you have heard of the Latin phrase Sola Scriptura, “By Scripture alone.” This phrase, popular since the Reformation, reminds us that all doctrine […]
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A free text for Reformation…freedom of the Gospel and all…. In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit The text for today’s observation of the Reformation is from Romans chapter one, verses 16 and 17: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for […]
Reformation Day (Matthew 11:12-19): Martin Franzmann on The Evil Root of Man’s Contradiction to the ChristTuesday, October 23rd, 2012
What is the evil root of man’s contradiction to the Christ? Two indictments made by Jesus, one of the people in general and one of their Pharisaic leadership, make it particularly plain. The indictment of the people takes the form of a little parable (Matthew 11:16-19). Jesus compares the men of “this generation” to petulant […]
“[Luther] gathered the principal and most necessary points of doctrine and comfort in beautiful German Psalms and hymns, so that the simple too might make continual use of them–as has manifestly (praise God) come to pass, and no one can truthfully deny.” These words, written about a century after Luther, summarize what it means to be the singing church. As we are currently learning in Adult Bible Study and exploring in our day school this year, Luther’s legacy was not just talking about God, but also singing the Gospel. Singing engraves the text our hearts, gives musical expression to the text, and preaches the good news that Christ is present in our singing. This morning, I’d like to briefly explore two aspects of our sung confession of faith. First, the song of justification. Second, the song of Jesus’ real presence in the Lord’s Supper. We need to sing both of these songs, for they deliver the good news of Christ to our ears and to our very mouths.
In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Jesus says in Matthew chapter 24: And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. Thirteen chapters before this, Jesus says, And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven […]