Reformation Sunday

Revelation 14:6–7; Ps. 46:1-11; Romans 3:19–28; John 8:31–36 (or Matthew 11:12–19)

Entrance: LSB 656 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Of the Day: LSB 555 Salvation unto Us Has Come

Offertory: LSB 580 The Gospel Shows the Father’s Grace

Distribution: LSB 574 Before the Throne of God Above;

LSB 558 Not unto Us

Closing: LSB 655 Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word

The Son of God Has Set Us Free from Sin and Death by His Grace

“Wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matt. 11:19), and the true Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus the incarnate Son, justifies us by His deeds. He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, in order that we may eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever” (John 8:35). He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 11:18–19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel “to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (Rev. 14:6), “the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law” (Rom. 3:21), “that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). And by the hearing of that Gospel of Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:25), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32).

Dr Martin Luther:

John 8:31-36

“Regardless of how terrified the Christian is by the Law and how much he acknowledges his sin, he does not despair; for he believes in Christ into whom he has been baptized and through whom he has the forgiveness of sins. Now if our sin has been forgiven through Christ Himself...we have become free by the deliverance of the Son.” Luther's Works 26:447

Matt. 11:12-19

“This is the way the Lord, our Ruler, establishes His kingdom, through the external oral Word which the Apostles preached and which now, by God’s grace, we also preach, hear, accept, and believe. Many hear and accept it with us; we do not force anyone into this. They push themselves into it so that no one can hold them back, as Christ says in Matthew 11:12: “The kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force.” Luther's Works 12:114


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Worldview Everlasting – Violent and Free Reformation Madness! (John 8:31-36; Matthew 11:12-19)

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! ReformationRAMA! Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on the texts appointed for the celebration of the Reformation.


Worldview Everlasting – Excellent Reformation Adventures (Romans 3:21-28)

This Sunday is Reformation Sunday, so Pastor Fisk goes through a most excellent text - Romans 3:21-28. Enjoy the pure Gospel that drips from today's video.

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Pastors’ Roundtable -- The Truth Will Set You Free, John 8:31-36 – Issues Etc

Pr. Jon Furgeson of Peace Lutheran, St. Louis, Mo. and Pr. Larry Peters of Grace Lutheran, Clarksville, Tenn., discuss John 8:31-36 with Pr Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:20, 23.4 MB, 2012-Nov-08)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Reformation Sunday — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:18, 52.7 MB, 2016-Oct-24)


Lectionary Podcast - Reformation Sunday - Matthew 11:12-19 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


John 8:31-36 (SBLGNT)

31 Ἔλεγεν οὖν ὁ Ἰησοῦς πρὸς τοὺς πεπιστευκότας αὐτῷ Ἰουδαίους· Ἐὰν ὑμεῖς μείνητε ἐν τῷ λόγῳ τῷ ἐμῷ, ἀληθῶς μαθηταί μού ἐστε,

32 καὶ γνώσεσθε τὴν ἀλήθειαν, καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια ἐλευθερώσει ὑμᾶς.

33 ἀπεκρίθησαν ⸂πρὸς αὐτόν⸃· Σπέρμα Ἀβραάμ ἐσμεν καὶ οὐδενὶ δεδουλεύκαμεν πώποτε· πῶς σὺ λέγεις ὅτι Ἐλεύθεροι γενήσεσθε;

34 Ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι πᾶς ὁ ποιῶν τὴν ἁμαρτίαν δοῦλός ἐστιν τῆς ἁμαρτίας·

35 ὁ δὲ δοῦλος οὐ μένει ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα· ⸀ὁ υἱὸς μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.

36 ἐὰν οὖν ὁ υἱὸς ὑμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃ, ὄντως ἐλεύθεροι ἔσεσθε.


Literal Translation

(31)  Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in Him, If you continue in My Word, you are truly My disciples.

(32)  And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

(33)  They answered Him, We are Abraham's seed, and we have been in slavery to no one, never! How do You say, You will become free?

(34)  Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Everyone practicing sin is a slave of sin.

(35)  But the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains to the age.

(36)  Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.

(37)  I know that you are Abraham's seed, but you seek to kill Me, because My Word is not given room in you.

(38)  I speak what I have seen with My Father. And you therefore do what you have seen with your father.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.