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Martin Luther wrote extensively throughout his life making it difficult for even the avid reader to explore the depth of all of his material. However, Sermons for the Sunday After Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Epiphany offers a single collection of Luther’s core writings from the liturgical year centered on the life of Christ. This volume contains Scripture readings that highlight the most familiar events of Christ’s life, as well as the insightful thoughts of Luther as he extrapolates God’s message of hope and the urge to practically live out the Christian faith.
Number of Pages: 145
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
Sermons for Lent and Easter: Including Ascension Day, Pentecost Sunday, and Trinity SundayMartin LutherHendrickson Publishers / 2017 / Trade Paperback$7.99 Retail:
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Martin Luther (1483-1546) was a German monk, priest, professor, theologian, and church reformer whose teachings inspired the Reformation and deeply influenced not only the doctrines and culture of the Lutheran and Protestant traditions but also the course of Western civilization.
Luther emphasized salvation based on faith in the merits of Jesus Christ alone. He dealt the symbolic blow that began the Reformation when he nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church. That document contained an attack on papal abuses and the sale of indulgences by Catholic Church officials.
In this unique volume, the reader will find Luther's most significant sermons for the Sunday after Christmas, New Year's Day, and Epiphany, following the church year's most significant lectionary readings associated with the major feasts and fasts. Luther wrote thousands of pages of exposition during his life, but this book makes available in a single volume a core collection of his writing for this liturgical season, featuring Scripture readings that include the most familiar events from the life of Jesus. Other volumes in this series include Luther's Sermons for Advent and Christmas Day, and his Sermons for Lent and Easter through Trinity Sunday (including Christ's Ascension and Pentecost).
These writings represent the heart of Luther's thoughts on the Christian faith and his ideas for practical faith in that life.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Interesting and Unique!September 1, 2017Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Only recently have I been exposed to the sermons of Martin Luther, though I am well aware of his importance in church history. Hendrickson Publishers follows up their successful Sermons for Advent and Christmas Day with this fine book of sermons that picks up on the calendar exactly where the first volume ended. In three texts, we look at the Sunday after Christmas, New Years Day, and Epiphany. The only downside is that there is one less sermon in this book than the earlier one. The style and quality, however, remain the same.
The first sermon that is for the Sunday after Christmas is from Luke 2:33-40. In the first section of the sermon, Luther considers Simeon. Clearly, Luther is impressed with Simeons spiritual reaction. In the sermon, he next moves to the significance of the blessing that Simeon gave in the passage. Next, he looks at Anna, and probes her words for the same spiritual insights. Finally, he takes time with the return of Mary and Joseph to Nazareth, coupled with the little we know about the childhood of Christ. This sermon runs through page 40. It seems to me as if it wouldve been three sermons for most of us who preach today. I cant fathom either Luthers time for preparation or delivery for this sermon!
The second sermon is much shorter and only on one verse, Luke 2:21. With this text, he discusses the circumcision of Jesus. He approaches circumcision from its Old Testament origins, to what it meant in Jesus day, and to the significance of how we should consider it today. In the second part of the sermon, he focuses on the naming of Jesus, which took place at the circumcision. I cant recall ever seeing a sermon on this text alone, so it was particularly interesting.
The final sermon is on the visit of the Magi and takes Matthew 2:1-12 as its text. He begins this sermon by recalling the history of this story and drawing out its lessons. Under the second head, he examines Herods attitude. At times, he travels widely in Scripture even developing a section on Moses discussing knowledge. He also highlights the prophecy of Micah. The next two sections discuss the faith of the Wise Men that is quite beautiful in this passage. The fifth section covers the spiritual significance of the passage. Theres a final section on the true and false worship of God that could easily be its own sermon.
Luthers sermons contain many points. For example, the last sermon has 344 points! That is handy for the reader, though, as you can bail on a point that you feel is irrelevant and jump onto the next one. No one would be wise to preach a sermon today just like Luther did here, but we can all learn from what he says. This is an attractive volume that is well worth adding to your library!
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