by Martin Luther
Edited by Thomas and Colleen Witte
In offering this selection of Sermons to the public, the publishers have not been governed by Sectarian principles, but have selected Sermons upon various subjects, that the reader may understand the general doctrine held forth by this eminent divine. When we consider the mental darkness which enveloped the world in the days of Luther, under Popish superstition and idolatry, and that he was the first who attempted to emancipate the human intellect from more than “Egyptian darkness,” the reader will undoubtedly censure lightly any defects that may appear in his discourses; considering his great object to have been, the removal of that servile yoke of Papistry under which nations were groaning, and of bringing mankind into the liberty of the gospel.
Luther's Sermons, after having been translated, were published in the year 1581, and re-published in 1649. In consequence of the imperfection of the English language, when these Sermons were formerly published, it was found necessary to revise them, and correct the language; but in so doing, particular care has been taken to preserve precisely the original meaning.
Martin Luther was a tireless preacher, sometimes churning out as many as four sermons in a single day. His prolific preaching ministry was one of the primary ways common people in sixteenth-century Germany absorbed Reformation doctrine. Including an introductory biography of Luther by John Mackenzie, this volume collects sermons that best represent the thought and ministry of this eminent pastor-theologian.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
LIFE AND CHARACTER OF MARTIN LUTHER, D.D.
Luther's birth and education
The beginning of the reformation, by Luther's opposing the sale of Indulgences; A. D. 1517. . 11
Luther's excommunication, and perseverance.
Proceedings of the diet at Worms; with Luther's trial and concealment, 1521.
Origin of the name of Lutherans and Protestants; and further progress of the Reformation. . 23
Death and Interment of Luther, with some remarks upon his Character
SERMON I: Galatians, Chap iv. from the first to the seventh verse, inclusive.
SERMON II: Being a continuation of the first
SERMON III: Luke, Chap. x. From the 23d to the 37th verse, inclusive
SERMON IV: Matthew, Chap. i. From the 1st to the 16th verse, inclusive.
SERMON V: Matthew, Chap. ii. From the 1st to the 11th verse, inclusive
SERMON VI: The fruit and virtue of Christs Resurrection.
SERMON VII: John, Chap. x. From the 11th to the l6th verses, inclusive
SERMON VIII: John, chap. vi. From the 44th to the 51st verses, inclusive.
SERMON IX: Romans, Chap. xiii. From, the 11th to the 14th verses inclusive,
SERMON X: Luke, Chap. vi. From the 36th to the 42d verses, inclusive.
SERMON XI: 1 Timothy, Chap. i. verses 5, 6, and 7
SERMON XII: Matthew, Chap, xviii. From, the 23d to the 35th verses, inclusive
SERMON XIII: Luke, Chap. i. From the 68th to the 78th verses inclusive.
SERMON XIV: Philippians, Chap. iv. verses 4, 5, 6, and 7.