Learn how to read God's Word through the lens of Luther's Small Catechism. Looking for the Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, the Apostles' Creed, and the Sacraments on every page of the Bible.
Scripture Text: Romans 3:23–25a
The justification of sinners is received as God’s gift, not because of religious or moral activity. Justification is a legal term, appropriated by the Apostle Paul to express God’s great gift.
Scripture Text: John 1:29
In this great, narrative sentence, there is one subject and a countless number of direct objects. Let us begin with the objects of the subject.
Scripture Text: Romans 4:20–25
Faith in God is essential. Without faith, we are like ships tossed about on the waves. But if Christ was not raised from the dead, our faith is futile.
Scripture Text: Romans 14:19
Luther wanted unity in the Church, but not if it meant sacrificing the very truths that upheld that Church. Three memorable, Latin slogans that came out of the Lutheran reform movement can help us determine when we are parting from Christian truth.
Scripture Text: Matthew 12:40
The force of Luther’s writing up to this point is that the German reformers and the church in Rome held to the same basic, credal beliefs.
Scripture Text: John 1:1, 14
When we confess that we “believe in God,” we are saying that we believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Scripture Text: John 15:26
With the Nicene Creed, Luther confessed that God the Father is eternal, that the Son is eternally begotten of the Father, and that the Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son.
Scripture Text: Romans 1:20
Luther begins with the beginning: that God is that One God, the Only God, who has created everything. This beginning includes the great mystery of the Christian faith...
Scripture Text: Hebrews 9:28
Oh! the dawn of that glorious Day! When Jesus returns, what need will there be of Councils? Every knee will bow before him and his word will be enough for all.
Scripture Text: John 14:15, 21
We busy ourselves with a kind of mundane yet exuberant piety, the machinations of religion, so that we might deceive ourselves (and others, I suppose) into thinking we are holy and righteous.
Scripture Text: Matthew 23:24–25
All those things that Luther denounced were outward displays. They ought to be fixed, but dealing with those outer matters neglects the more important things, the inner matters that end up improving the outer.
Scripture Text: Ephesians 4:22-23
The more things change, the more they stay the same. The old adage rings as true today as it seems it did in Luther’s day.
Scripture Text: Matthew 9:35–38
It was after Jesus saw the desolate villages, the “sheep without a shepherd,” that he called the twelve disciples. God equips his Church with a variety of vocations...
Scripture Text: Luke 13:3
The Spirit of God often uses new situations to change our perspective, to bring us to repentance. We are all sinners, so we are all in need of daily and constant repentance.
Scripture Text: Ephesians 4:11–16
God uses his Word and Sacraments to grow our faith, and increase and unify the Church. Nevertheless, his Word and Sacraments are distributed by the work of his Spirit through people.
Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 5:3–5
Luther is still speaking primarily of the fanatics, the schwärmerei, those who used Luther’s words to their own ends. They twisted his teachings, bringing division to the church instead of reform.
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