Church Postil

Luther on the Forgiveness of Sins on Earth

CPH is proud to announce the release of the newest volume in the Luther’s Works series: Church Postil V. The following excerpt is from a sermon Luther preached in 1524 and was selected as the conclusion for a sermon on Matthew 9:1–8, the Gospel reading for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity. Here Luther discusses “The Power to Forgive Sins(…)

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Luther on Prayer for the Dead and Communication with Spirits

The following excerpt from Luther’s 1522 sermon for the First Sunday after Trinity provides the reformer’s commentary on prayer for the dead and communication with spirits. For the complete sermon, see Volume 78 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works.

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Luther on the New Birth from Water and the Spirit in Baptism

The following excerpt from Luther’s 1526 Trinity Sunday sermon provides the reformer’s commentary on the new birth Christians receive through water and the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. For the complete sermon, see Volume 78 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works.

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What Does Luther Say about Trust in Christ?

As we pause this Ash Wednesday to reflect on our sinfulness and our need for a Savior, let us also meditate with Luther on the importance of trusting that Christ is truly our Savior from sin, death, and the devil. The following excerpt from Luther’s Church Postil comes from a sermon on Mark 16:1–8. What a(…)

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Luther on the Development of the Creed

Luther repeatedly pointed Christians old and new to the articles of the Apostles’ Creed as the simplest, most profound statement of faith. Not only did he address the Creed in his catechisms, but it found its way into his sermons with great frequency. The following excerpt from Luther’s 1535 Trinity Sunday sermon provides the reformer’s commentary on(…)

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Announcing the Release of Vol. 78 of Luther’s Works

The fourth volume in Concordia’s release of Luther’s Church Postil (sermons for the church year) offers Luther’s sermons for the Epistle and Gospel readings from Trinity Sunday through the Tenth Sunday after Trinity. Part of the ongoing translation of Luther’s Works, this volume also includes Luther’s Several Beautiful Sermons on 1 John, On Love (preached in 1532 and(…)

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Luther on Ghosts

As secular society observes Halloween and Christians prepare for All Saints’ Day, this excerpt from Luther’s sermon on Luke 24:36–47 (included in his Church Postil) on ghosts or “wandering spirits” seems appropriate. Luther believed in apparitions—but as a trick of the devil intended to subvert the faith of Christians. Read on for the reformer’s perspective and for his(…)

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Luther on Prophecies concerning Christ’s Resurrection

As we continue the celebration of the great Easter Feast, today’s excerpt from Luther’s Church Postil comes from a sermon on Acts 13:26–39. Here Luther addresses Paul’s use of passages from the Psalms and from Isaiah to prove the resurrection. In addition, he points out that Christ is both true God and true man (the Son of(…)

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Luther on Christ’s “Sermon” to the Emmaus Disciples

We rejoice today that Satan, sin, death, and the grave have been conquered. Alleluia, He is risen! Christ is risen indeed, Alleluia! In this excerpt from Luther’s sermon on Luke 24:13–35 included in his Church Postil, the reformer reflects on the “sermon” that the risen Christ preached to the two disciples as they traveled from Jerusalem to Emmaus.(…)

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Luther on Baptism

The observance of the Baptism of Our Lord on January 11 offers the opportunity to reflect on the significance of Baptism in the life of a Christian. What exactly occurs when water and the Word are applied to a sinful human being? Luther addressed this life-giving Sacrament in a sermon on John 20:19–31 included in his Church(…)

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