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Jesus the Lowly

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Today is the festival of the Lutheran Reformation. The central article upon which the church stands or falls, the article that got Luther into a whole mess of trouble, is the doctrine that we are justified by faith in Jesus Christ alone. We are saved and forgiven, not by what we do,  but...

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Tags: jesus, luther, reformation day, lowliest

Faith

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

On Sunday, October 29th, we are beginning a walk through St. Paul's letter to the Saints in Rome. Luther makes the point that before you begin reading any book of the Bible, you have to know what the words of the Bible mean. For example, it is necessary to have a proper definition of the word...

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Tags: faith, jesus, luther, romans

God's Name is Holy

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Luther speaks of the 1st Petition of the Lord's Prayer saying, "Hallowed be Thy Name. What does this mean? God's Name is certainly holy in itself, but we pray in this petition that it may be kept holy among us also. How is God's Name kept holy? God's Name is kept holy when the Word of God is...

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Tags: catechism, god's name, jesus, luther

Why the Law? Hint HInt, it starts with a "J" and ends with "esus"

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In his work against Desiderius Erasmus' theology of free choice, "The Bondage of the will," Luther wrote concerning the law and its purpose asserting, "When sins are unrecognized, there is no room for a remedy and no hope of a cure, because man will not submit to the touch of a healer when they...

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Tags: bondage of the will, jesus, law, luther

I wanna know what Faith is.

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In his preface to the book of Romans, Luther defines faith saying,"Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that the believer would stake his life on it a thousand times" (LW 35.370).  What is faith? It is a certain trust in God's grace toward us. Faith is...

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Tags: faith, forgiveness, jesus, luther

Dear Children of our True Father

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Luther writes in the Small Catechism saying, "Our Father who are in heaven. What does this mean? With these words God tenderly invited us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their...

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Tags: father, jesus, luther, prayer

Jesus loves you.

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Luther says in the Smalcald Articles, "Although sin in the flesh had not yet been completely remove of become dead (Romans 7:18), yet He will not punish or remember it" (Smalcald Articles III.XIII.2). When we get married we take the vows that we will love our spouse for richer or poorer...

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Tags: hymnody, jesus, luther, smalcald

Jesus is always Faithful

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In the Freedom of a Christian, Dr. Luther says, "By the wedding ring of faith Christ shares in the sins, death, and pains of hell which are His bride's. As a matter of fact, He makes them His own and acts as if they were His own as as if He Himself had sinned; He suffered, died, and descended...

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Tags: jesus, luther, promises, song of solomon, weddings

Building Up Your Neighbor

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

The 8th Commandment declares, "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, slander him, or hurt his reputation, but defend him, speak well of him, and explain everything in...

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Tags: 8th commandment, catechism, jesus, luther

Articles to Hold Fast

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Dr. Martin Luther, of blessed and holy memory, writes in Against the Heavenly Prophets saying, "I will here briefly recount these articles of the Christian Faith to which everyone is above all things to pay attention and hold fast. The first is the law of God, which is to be preached so...

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Tags: gospel, jesus, law, luther

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