Martin Luther on Preaching the Word of God

Note: Throughout the month of October, leading up to the 500th anniversary of the legendary date of the outbreak of the Reformation on October 31, 1517, Pray Tell is publishing writings of Martin Luther reflecting his beliefs on worship and church reform at various points in his life.

“Now in order to correct these abuses, know first of all that a Christian congregation should never gather together without the preaching of God’s Word and prayer, no matter how briefly, as Psalm 102 says, ‘When the kings and the people assemble to serve the Lord, they shall declare the name and the praise of God.’ And Paul in Corinthians 14 says that when they come together, there should be prophesying, teaching, and admonition. Therefore, when God’s Word is not preached, one had better neither sing nor read, or even come together.”

(from Concerning the Order of Public Worship. Featured image: pulput from which Martin Luther preached his last sermon in St. Andrew’s Church in Eisleben, Germany.)

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