“Fear God and Give Him Glory”

The Festival of the Reformation
“Fear God and Give Him Glory”
October 28, 2018

Sermon Text: Revelation 14:6-7

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

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

It is the vision of John… St. John… what he is given the great privilege of seeing as to what is, and what is to come… that which will take place and is taking place throughout these latter days in which we live… in this time between Christ’s ascension into heaven and His glorious return on the last day.

Let us then, under the gracious guidance of the Holy Spirit, consider for a few minutes what John sees and hears. And this in two simple passages which, interestingly enough, clearly present the two key messages that we find in all of Holy Scripture… namely, Law and Gospel.

We could not pick a better day to do this than on Reformation Day. For you see, the key blessing of the same… of what came out of the Reformation… was the bringing into full light once again the Gospel of Jesus Christ… that which sinful men, churchly men no less, hid from the people… from the masses for so many years.

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“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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