Timeless insights from one of the most important people in church history. Some people value good works so much that they overlook faith in Christ. Faith should be first.... It is faith—without good works and prior to good works—that takes us to heaven. We come to God through faith alone. —Martin LutherResounding across the centuries, Martin Luther’s prolific writings as a pastor, theologian, scholar, Bible translator, father, and more, remain powerful and richly relevant. Faith Alone is a treasury of accessible devotionals taken from Luther’s best writings and sermons from the years 1513 through 1546. This carefully updated translation retains the meaning, tone, and imagery of Luther’s works. Through daily readings, Luther’s straightforward approach challenges you to a more thoughtful faith. Read one brief section a day or explore themes using the subject index in the back of the book. Faith Alone will deepen your understanding of Scripture and help you more fully appreciate the mystery of faith.
Martin Luther's core teachings on justification by faith alone are particularly well exemplified in his classic commentary on Galatians. In this pivotal work, we see Luther at his most compelling, mapping out the relationship between law and grace. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the fundamentals of Protestant conviction.
"The Bible is alive," declared Martin Luther, "it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me." The Protestant Reformation's most prominent leader possessed a gift for evocative speech, and he was as articulate and outspoken in private as he was in public. Fortunately for posterity, some of Luther's loyal followers took note of his informal speeches. The Table Talk of Martin Luther consists of excerpts from the great reformer's conversations with his students and colleagues, in which he comments on life, the church, and the Bible. Collected by Antony Lauterbach and John Aurifaber, Luther's close associates, these absorbing anecdotes reveal the speaker's personality and wisdom. An informative introduction by editor Thomas S. Kepler describes the circumstances under which this book came into existence and the remarkable story of its initial translation into English. This text is based on the acclaimed English translation by the literary critic and essayist William Hazlitt.
Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses forever changed the world. This is one of Christianity's most important documents. It was not, as most people assume, Luther's explanation as to why he was separating from the Catholic Church, but it was a shot across the bow of a corrupt system that eventually lead to the Reformation. Also included in this edition are seven of Luther's most important sermons including Christ's Holy Sufferings, Enemies of the Cross of Christ & the Christian's Citizenship in Heaven, Christ Our Great High Priest, On Faith & Coming to Christ, Of The Office of Preaching, The Twofold Use of the Law & Gospel: "Letter" & "Spirit," and The Parable of the Sower.
This edition of the Bondage of the Will was translated by Henry Cole in 1823. "Free will was no academic question to Luther; the whole Gospel of the grace of God, he held, was bound up with it, and stood or fell according to the way one decided it . . . . It is not the part of a true theologian, Luther holds, to be unconcerned, or to pretend to be unconcerned, when the Gospel is in danger . . . . The doctrine of the Bondage of the Will in particular was the corner-stone of the Gospel and the foundation of faith'' (40-41, emphasis added). ''In particular, the denial of free will was to Luther the foundation of the Biblical doctrine of grace, and a hearty endorsement of that denial was the first step for anyone who would understand the Gospel and come to faith in God. The man who has not yet practically and experimentally learned the bondage of his will in sin has not yet comprehended any part of the Gospel" "Justification by faith only is a truth that needs interpretation. The principle of sola fide [by faith alone] is not rightly understood till it is seen as anchored in the broader principle of sola gratia [by grace alone]; . . . for to rely on one s self for faith is not different in principle from relying on one s self for works" The Bible teaches that faith itself is and has to be, a gift of God, by grace, and not of self (Ephesians 2:8). It is safe to deduce that for Luther, any evangelist who advocates free will has not only ''not yet comprehended any part of the Gospel, '' but also that he has not yet preached the Gospel at all; his is a counterfeit gospel.Luther was ordered to recant his teachings on threat of excommunication. Luther thundered, ''Unless I am convinced by Scriptures and plain reason [for Luther, this meant logic], my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything. Here I stand, I can do no other!" [From a review in The Trinity Review] Martin Luther (1483-1546) shattered the structure of the Medieval Church by demanding that the authority for doctrine and practice be the Scriptures rather than popes or councils, and ignited the famous Protestant Reformation. The Roman Catholic hierarchy could not refute his logic, so they attempted to have him killed. But he was protected by Frederic. It has been said that more books have been written about Luther than about any other person except Jesus Christ. 164 pages, hard cover "
In the Large Catechism Luther set out to inculcate the centrality of the Gospel. Whether Luther is dealing with the Ten Commandments or the Lord's Supper, the dynamic of the Word of God as Gospel provides the cutting edge for what he says. The Large Catechism is a primary source for an understanding of the Christian ethos in action in Reformation Christianity.
This timeless little classic communicates essential teachings of Martin Luther. The subject of Freedom is both timely and poignantly relevant today. For the Christian, this freedom is liberty from sin and death, and the opportunity to serve one's neighbor. Written in a simple style, On Christian Liberty conveys significant spiritual insight into the grace of God and liberating faith in Christ Jesus. It is counter-cultural, down-to-earth, and accessible to young adult readers in an inexpensive pocket-sized book.
"Luther had a very sharp and satirical style; but his Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians was his favorite work. His favorite doctrine was justification by faith alone, and not by works, moral, legal, or evangelical; but we must do him the justice to observe, that he perpetually inculcated the absolute necessity of good works. According to him, a man is justified only by faith; but he cannot be justified without works; and where those works are not to be found, there is assuredly no true faith... His followers called themselves Lutherans, much against his mind; but they recede from him in many things, as may be seen by their writings... Melancthon says, 'I am a logician; and Justus Jonas is an orator; but Luther is good at everything: the wonder of mankind; for whatever he says, or writes, it penetrates the heart, and makes a lasting impression." (Excerpts from "Life of Luther," in Luther's Commentary on... Galatians, p. lxx).
"Denn darum predigt man das Evangelium, dass die Menschen ihre Sünde erkennen, und fromm und gerecht werden sollen." (Predigt zu Joh. 20, 19-31). Die Predigten Martin Luthers zogen zahlreiche Besucher, auch von weit her, an und prägten die Verkündigung anderer Reformatoren in Deutschland, Skandinavien und der Schweiz. Dieser Band enthält einen Jahrgang Evangeliumspredigten, ausgewählt und in heutiges Deutsch gebracht durch Kurt Aland. Die Perikopen entsprechen weitgehend der heutigen Ordnung; ein Bibelstellen-Register erlaubt einen schnellen Überblick.
Der Kleine Katechismus ist eine kurze Schrift, die Martin Luther 1529 verfasst hat. Der kleine Katechismus will als Einführung in den christlichen Glauben verstanden sein. Er ist mit dem Großen Katechismus und den Schmalkaldischen Artikeln der Teil der lutherischen Bekenntnisschriften, die aus Luthers eigener Feder stammen. Er hat deshalb in den lutherischen Kirchen Bekenntnis- und Lehrcharakter: Auf diese werden heute noch Pfarrer und Pfarrerinnen der evangelischen Landeskirchen und die Pastoren der evangelischen Bekenntniskirchen ordiniert. D.h. sie versehen ihren Dienst auf Grundlage der Heiligen Schrift und gemäß dieser Bekenntnisschriften. Ausgangspunkt für die Erstellung von Katechismen ist das Bemühen, Kernelemente biblischer Überlieferung von Generation zu Generation weiterzugeben (Dtn 6,20 ff Lut). Im Anschluss an kirchliche Praxis predigten die Reformatoren seit 1517 regelmäßig über Gebote, Glaubensbekenntnis und Vaterunser. Gemeinsam mit Johannes Bugenhagen legte Martin Luther ab 1525 besonderes Gewicht auch auf das rechte Verständnis der Sakramente. Die Reformatoren bezogen die Aussagen der Heiligen Schrift auf deren Anwendung in Gottesdienst und Alltag der Gläubigen. Was darüber hinausgeht, ist nicht mehr Gegenstand der Lehre; so entfallen alle positiven Hinweise auf die in der mittelalterlichen Kirche besonders hervorgehobenen Mariengebete. (aus wikipedia.de)
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