Preaching Justification and Regeneration Together
The Preacher need not fear to articulate consequent good works by Christians or the value of good works for the Church and our neighbors.
Old Testament: Isaiah 66:18-23 (Pentecost 11: Series C)
As we consider the connections to Revelation 21-22 we see that the “new heavens and new earth” are not the start of something new or different, but rather the restoration and return to what was originally intended.
Epistle: Hebrews 12:4-24 (25-29) (Pentecost 11: Series C)
They, and we, need to know the Christian faith—such as it does not capitulate with Zeitgeist—always comes with a price of being maligned, persecuted, marginalized, blamed, you name it.
Gospel: Luke 13:22-30 (Pentecost 11: Series C)
Luke does not tell us who asked it. But it’s a good question. “Lord, will those who are saved be few?”
[Luther's] Catechism is at home in the evangelical pulpit, guiding and shaping what the preacher says so faith might be created and love given direction.