Trinity Sunday .—The Article of Faith on the Trinity. The Revelation of the Divine Nature and Will. Romans 11:33-36 Second Sermon.— The Trinity. Romans 11:33-36 First Sunday After Trinity.— Love. God is Love. 1 John 4:16-21 Second Sunday After Trinity .—Exhortation to Brotherly Love. John 3:13-18 Third Sunday After Trinity.— Humility, Trust, Watchfullness, Suffering. 1 Peter 5:5-11 Fourth Sunday After Trinity .—Consolation in Suffering and Patience.
Waiting for the Revealing of the Sons of God. Romans 8:18-22 Second Sermon .—Suffering, Waiting and Sighing of Creation. Romans 8:18-22 Fifth Sunday After Trinity.— Exhortation to the Fruits of Faith. Duty of Unity and Love. 1 Peter 3:8-15 Sixth Sunday After Trinity.— Exhortation to Christian Living. Life in Christ. Romans 6:3-11 Seventh Sunday After Trinity.— Exhortation to Resist Sin. The Wages of Sin and the Gift of God. Romans 6:19-23 Eighth Sunday After Trinity.— Exhortation to Live in the Spirit Since We Have Become the Children of God, Sons and Heirs. Romans 8:12-17 Ninth Sunday After Trinity.— Warning to Christians Against Carnal Security and Its Evils. 1 Corinthians 10:6-13 Tenth Sunday After Trinity.— Spiritual Counsel for Church Officers.
The Use of the Spiritual Gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 Eleventh Sunday After Trinity .—Paul’s Witness to Christ’s Resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:1-10 Twelfth Sunday After Trinity.— The Twofold Use of the Law and the Gospel. “Letter” and “Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:4-11 Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity .—God’s Testament and Promise in Christ, and Use of the Law. Galatians 3:15-22 Fourteenth Sunday After Trinity.— Works of the Flesh and Fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5:16-24 Fifteenth Sunday After Trinity .—Conduct of Christians to One Another in Church Government. Sowing and Reaping. Galatians 5:25-26 and Galatians 6:1-10 Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity.— Paul’s Care and Prayer for the Church That It May Continue to Abide in Christ. Ephesians 3:13-21 Seventeenth Sunday After Trinity.— Exhortation to Live According to the Christian Calling, and in the Unity of the Spirit. Ephesians 4:1-6 Eighteenth Sunday After Trinity .—The Treasure Christians Have in the Preaching of the Gospel. The Call to Fellowship. 1 Corinthians 1:4- Nineteenth Sunday After Trinity .— Putting on the New Man and Laying Off the Old Man. Ephesians 4:22-28 Twentieth Sunday After Trinity .—The Careful Walk of the Christian and Redeeming the Time. Ephesians 5:15-21 Twenty-First Sunday After Trinity .—The Christian Armor and Weapons. Ephesians 6:10-17 Twenty-Second Sunday After Trinity .—Paul’s Thanks and Prayers for His Churches. Philippians 1:3-11 Twenty-Third Sunday After Trinity.— The Enemies of the Cross of Christ and the Christian’s Citizenship in Heaven. Philippians 3, 17-21 Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Trinity.— Knowledge of God’s Will and Its Fruits. Prayer and Spiritual Knowledge. Colossians 1:3-14 Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Trinity.— Christ Will Take Both Alike to Himself, the Dead and Living, When He Comes. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Trinity .—God’s Righteous Judgment in the Future. When Christ Comes. 2 Thessalonians 1:3-10 PREFACE This volume of twenty-four practical sermons from Trinity Sunday to Advent marks an epoch in that it completes in an unabridged form one branch of Luther’s writings, the eight volumes of his Gospel and Epistle Postil. They are bound in uniform size, numbered as in the Erlangen edition from the seventh to the fourteenth volume inclusive, paragraphed for convenient reference according to the Walch edition with summaries of the Gospel sermons by Bugenhagen. The few subheads inserted in the text are a new feature for American readers.
These eight volumes of 175 sermons and 3,110 pages are the classic devotional literature of Protestantism. They were preached by its founder to the mother congregation of Evangelical Christendom in the birth-period of the greatest factor in modern civilization. No collection of Evangelical sermons has passed through more editions and been printed in more languages, none more loved and praised, none more read and prayed. They will be a valuable addition to the meager sermon literature on the Epistle texts in the English language. English Protestants will hereafter have no excuse for unacquaintance with Luther’s spiritual writings.
What Luther’s two Catechisms were in the school room to teach the Christian faith to the youth, that these sermons were in the homes to develop the same faith in adults. They have maintained their good name wherever translated until the present and their contents are above the reach of critics. These Epistle sermons especially apply the Christian truth to everyday life. The order in developing the Christian life with the best help from the prince of the Teutonic church fathers, should be from the Small to the Large Catechism and then to his Epistle sermons. Blessed the pastor and congregation who can lead the youth to “Church Postil Reading”—to read in harmony with their church-going. Blessed is the immigrant or diaspora missionary who finds his people reading them in the new settlements he visits.
Next to the Bible and Catechisms no books did more to awaken and sustain the great Evangelical religious movements under Spener in Germany, Rosenius in Sweden, and Hauge in Norway, than these sermon books devoutly and regularly read in the homes of church members.
The German text will be readily found in the 12th volume of the Walch and of the St. Louis Walch editions, and in the 9th volume of the Erlangen edition of Luther’s works.
Grateful acknowledgment is hereby made for translations to the following:
To Pastor H. L. Burry, the first sermon for Trinity Sunday; Pastor W. E.
Tressel, Third Sunday after Trinity; Prof. A. G. Voigt, D. D., the Fifth and Twenty-fourth Sundays; Dr. Joseph Stump, Sixth, Eighth and Thirteenth Sundays; Prof. A. W. Meyer, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Sundays; and to Pastor C. B. Gohdes for revising the Second Sermon for Trinity Sunday and the sermons for the Second, Tenth, Twelfth and Sixteenth Sundays after Trinity. J. N. LENKER.
Home for Young Women, Minneapolis, Minn., Pentecost, 1909.