In his monumental work American-Lutheran Pastoral Theology, C. F. W. Walther addresses everything necessary for the pastor faithfully to carry out his call to minister to God’s people. In addition to guidance for sermon preparation and delivery, proper use of the Sacraments, proper exercise of church discipline, education of the youth, and other topics, Walther explores the necessity of pastoral care for the sick and dying. The following is Walther’s introduction to this topic.
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 on Earth.”
Volume 57 of Luther’s Works presents sermons by Martin Luther from the 1530s. During this period, much of the reformer’s preaching was topical, addressing key points of doctrine in response to internal and external challenges to the evangelical presentation of the Gospel. In January and February 1534, Luther preached a series of sermons on Baptism, which it is believed Caspar Cruciger (1504–48) later edited for publication. The following excerpt comes from the sermon of February 2, 1534 and addresses how Baptism does have, and must have, a real effect on the lives of Christians, as they live as members of the Body of Christ and exhibit the fruit of Baptism.
The following excerpt provides Luther’s commentary on Matt. 9:24: “[Christ] said, ‘Go away. The girl is not dead but sleeping,” and is taken from Luther’s Annotations on Matthew 1–18, as found in Volume 67 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works
This excerpt introduces the meditations on Genesis prepared by Valerius Herberger (1562-1627), a Lutheran pastor in Fraustadt (now Wschowa), Poland. Here Herberger discusses God's revelation in Scripture and in creation as "two books." The "Book of Creation" especially should lead us to praise God for His wisdom, power, and beauty. The following comes from The Great Works of God, volume 1.
The following excerpt from Luther’s Church Postil comes from a sermon on Mark 16:1–8. What a gracious God we have to send His only Son into the flesh so that through His death and resurrection we may be reconciled with God and may now call Christ our Brother and God our Father in complete confidence!
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 the development of the Creed and his use of the Creed to distinguish the persons of the Trinity and their unique works.