“Here I Stand”

The Festival of the Reformation
On the Occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
“Here I Stand”
October 29, 2017

Sermon Text: Romans 3:20-25

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you this most blessed day from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

“Hier stehe ich”  These words in German have been the subject and title of countless books and articles written over the past five hundred years.

“Here I stand.” Actually the complete phrase that Martin Luther is purported to have said is: “Ich kann nicht anders, hier stehe ich, möge Gott mir helfen. Amen.”

“I cannot do otherwise, here I stand, may God help me. Amen.”

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Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ

The Festival of the Reformation

Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:8-9

Peace be unto you from the Lord of the Church, its Sovereign Head, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

So, what should we talk about? Odd question, I know, on this very special day. The word “reformation” certainly gives it away, but it may not say it all. To this, it would be fitting to add the words “restoration” and “preservation.”

What was reformed was the Christian church here on earth as it was cleansed of so many impurities and pollutants that had been added over time, sad to say, by the very men who were entrusted to keep it pure and undefiled.

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