The Introit p. 16
The Gloria Patri
The Kyrie p. 17
The Gloria in Excelsis
The Salutation and Collect p. 19
The Epistle and Gradual
Praise be to Thee, O Christ!
The Nicene Creed p. 22
Bearing Good Fruit
The Sanctus p. 26
The Lord's Prayer p. 27
The Words of Institution
The Agnus Dei p. 28
The Nunc Dimittis p. 29
The Benediction p. 31
The Hymn # 309 O Jesus Blessed Lord
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Eighth Sunday After Trinity
Bearing Good Fruit
KJV Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
When Luther preached on this topic, he suggested ending every sermon with a warning against false teachers, because this warning is at the end of the Sermon on the Mount.
Jesus' teaching might be divided into two categories -
- Illustrations from His Creation,
- Illustrations based on human nature - like the Prodigal Son.
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- Calvinists deny the Means of Grace and mock the Sacraments. I do not know what I can learn from them, because they begin in error. C. S. Lewis has some clever comments, but he is a kind of Universalist. so that wars against him as a Christian leader.
- Pentecostals largely hate infant baptism. I had one walk out of the room when I discussed the topic, her lips pursed in anger. One Baptist professor said to me, "You're a Lutheran, so you have to believe in infant faith." The true Pentecostals are Lutherans who teach the Holy Spirit working on through the Word. The true Baptists are those who know the power of the sacrament to be in the Word - which means rebirth, renewal, washing, forgiveness.
- Roman Catholics intend to awe people with their pageantry in worship, and they do that well, even in poor, out of the way churches. But as long as they require works for salvation, teach Purgatory, and other such dogma, they should not attract anyone faithful to the Word.
8. Wherever he permits the devil to create factions, he would thus stir you up, and say: Defend yourself, lay hold of the Word, and learn to experience God’s wisdom and power against the wisdom of the world and the lies of satan. Thus the strength and wisdom of God’s Word will appear, that you may learn that it is not to be conquered with power and wisdom; but it conquers, and puts to shame all power, cunning and wisdom opposed to it.
This is one reason why God permits factions and sects among us, who enter in as it were edgewise, as though they were beneficial and served to the end that the Word, the truth and Spirit prove themselves to be better and plainer; however aside from this factions and sects serve no good purpose.
In like manner people are accustomed to say in the proverb: All misfortune begins in God’s name. This is also true. Well, you say, then I will be careful not to make use of God’s name. What is that you utter? How can you blame the name, that is given in order that I might be saved? He will indeed find and punish these rogues and rascals. Well, then, the Bible is a heretic’s book, but I will not throw it away on that account; on the contrary, I will study and read it much more, so that I may know how to avoid the misuse of it.
20. Then let every one be prepared and armed, that he may not so easily allow himself to be misled by the brilliant pretensions of false teachers, although they at the time quote the Scriptures. For within certainly lie concealed ravenous wolves. And when you think they will feed and satisfy your soul, then they rend you, murder and devour you. But no one will so readily judge or decide this matter, except with spiritual eyes. The common man and the rabble cannot, for the largest multitude despise the Gospel and are unthankful, while the smallest flock receive it and can appreciate it.