Preparing to Preach on Reformation Sunday: Thoughts from Hermann Sasse
Whether you are a Christian or not, you cannot escape the significance of the Reformation. It is an important chapter in western history; yes, in world history.
Gospel: Matthew 22:34-46 (Pentecost 21: Series A)
The command to love those nearby is as challenging as it is simple. Jesus took the initiative to come near to us in loving sacrifice.
Epistle: Romans 3:19-28 (Reformation Sunday: Series A)
Justification matters so deeply. It is a matter of life and death, Heaven and Hell. It must be preached that way. Especially today.
Old Testament: Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 (Pentecost 21: Series A)
The LORD is the God of Israel and, therefore, Israel can walk in His paths with holiness and righteousness because His holiness is with them and on them.
Be Careful with Imperatives
Imperatives are good for many things. Luther said the Law is good, but precisely because it is good, it has become poison and death to the bad. The Law does not give life but evaluates it, and we encounter day in and day out its negative evaluation of us.