Martin Luther quotes

Please review these famous Martin Luther quotes before reading the posted sermon (“Martin Luther visit”)

1. I cannot nor will not retract anything since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. Here I stand, may God help me. Amen.

– with these words spoken to authorities at the Diet of Worms (April 15, 1521), Luther drew a line in the sand and started an age of Reformation for Christian church

2. It is true; we are all beggars

– Martin Luther’s last written words before he died (February 16, 1546)

3. Be a sinner and sin boldly; believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly

– in a letter to Philip Melanchthon (August 1, 1521)

4. What does this mean?

– repeatedly, prior to each explanation, in Luther’s ‘Small Catechism

5. Semper Reformanda

– the cry of the reformers in the 16th century, whose idea originated in the writings of Saint Augustine, and whose words are attributed to Karl Barth in 1947

6. The Law says, “do this”, and it is never done; Grace says, “believe in this”, and it is already done

– in Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation (1518)

7. By my own understanding or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ

– explanation of the 3rd Article of the Creed, in Luther’s ‘Small Catechism’ (1529)

8. This is most certainly true

– repeatedly following each explanation, in Luther’s ‘Small Catechism’ (1529)
(Most of these quotes are from “The Lutheran Handbook”, Augsburg Fortress, 2005, p.55-57)

About raspberryman

I am a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, serving a parish in Ottawa Ontario. I am a husband, father, and admirer of the Ottawa Valley. I enjoy beaches, sunsets and waterways. I like to write, reflect theologically and meditate in the Christian tradition.
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