This post is adapted from Gospel Sermons: Volume 1 by C. F. W. Walther.
Easter Sunday has come and His Church rejoices in the beauty and wonder of the resurrection. Christ has defeated sin, death, and the devil himself, and the heavens and earth celebrate for weeks to come. The season of Easter is truly a time of rejoicing in Christ’s victory. Read C. F. W. Walther’s sermon on the true joy of Easter below from Gospel Sermons I .
As Good Friday approaches, the Church prepares for the most somber occasion of the year: Jesus’ death. But in mourning, Christians know that His death also brings His resurrection. His suffering takes the burden of sin off the sinner’s shoulders. Read C. F. W. Walther’s Good Friday sermons from Gospel Sermons, Volume 1 below to see why we can rejoice in our mourning.
The idea of predestination can be difficult to understand. Are Christians truly saved simply by Baptism and belief in Christ, or is there human effort that is needed? Are Christians predestined to salvation? Read C. F. W. Walther’s explanation on the topic of predestination below to learn more.
In a few short days, we will be celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This is a monumental event, and C. F. W. Walther agrees. As a devotion for this significant celebration, we read Walther’s Christmas Day sermon below from Gospel Sermons Volume 1.
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.
On September 12, 1884, students piled into the auditorium of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, for Professor C. F. W. Walther’s usual Friday evening “Luther Hour” lecture. The new topic, which would last every Friday evening for one and a half school years, was the proper distinction between Law and Gospel. Walther recognized the apparent contradictions in Scripture, with the greatest apparent contradiction being about the purpose of the Bible—how we come to God and are saved—and concluded that the answer to that and all other contradictions is found in the proper distinction between Law and Gospel.
In 1878, C.F.W. Walther began a series of lectures to the students of Concordia Seminary on thirteen theses about Law and Gospel. Because of the popularity of the presentation, Walther presented a second, expanded, lecture series in 1884–85 on twenty-five theses. In 1929, the notes of the second lecture series were printed in translation by W.H.T. Dau as the classic The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel, which has remained the most popular of Walther’s writings and a powerful witness to the biblical and confessional stance of the founder of the LCMS.
The following excerpt is taken from the reader’s edition of Law and Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible (trans. Christian C. Tiews, ed. Charles P. Schaum). Footnotes have been omitted.