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In The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther, I found a Luther of whom little is told: a Luther who loved an inerrant Scripture, a Luther who preached a glorious gospel, a Luther who was passionate for God's glory and God's people, a Luther who was willing to suffer for the cause. I am convinced that Steve Lawson has come closer to capturing the hear of Luther's passions and desires as a gospel minister than anyone else. Here I found encouragement for my heart as I carry out my weekly ministry: read this and find encouragement for yours. --Dr. Sean Micheal Lucas: Senior Minister First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Author, God's Grand Design: The Theological Vision of Jonathan EdwardsWith the quincentenary of the Reformation just around the corner, the publication of Steve Lawson's The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther could not be more timely. Indeed, with the modern church very much in need of the very kind of preaching Dr. Lawson portrays here, this book's message is perhaps more vital than at almost any time since the days of Luther. Highly Recommended. --Dr. George Grant: Pastor, East Parish Presbyterian ChurchHere is a profile of Luther the preacher in all his red-blooded roughness and desperate, dogged faithfulness. Steven Lawson has captured the spirit of this volcanic Reformer superbly, and the result is deeply stirring. This is a most welcome book for today, when the church is in such desperate need of reformation. May it help to rouse a generation of Luthers. --Dr. Michael Reeves: head of theology, Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship, UK; Author, The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567693218
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2013
  • Sales rank: 1,002,631
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Dr. Steven J. Lawson is the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, and a teaching fellow of Ligonier Ministries. He is the author of eighteen books, including The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards, and The Expository Genius of John Calvin, all in the Long Line of Godly Men Profiles series from Reformation Trust Publishing, for which he serves as series editor. He has contributed numerous articles to journals and periodicals, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences. He and his wife, Anne, live in Mobile.
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  • Posted April 26, 2014

    One of several books in Reformation Trust's "Long Line

    One of several books in Reformation Trust's "Long Line of Godly Men" series, The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther details what made Luther such a powerful preacher. Most people are familiar with Luther's Ninety-five Theses, nailed to the door of Castle Church, against the practice of the selling of indulgences by the church. Many will know that this was a giant step forward in the Protestant Reformation, but they may not realize that Luther's preaching would go on to be a model that pastors and preachers would continue to follow.
    There are five points that Luther believed that caused his preaching to stand out in his time:

    1. The Bible is divinely inspired.
    2. God's Word is absolutely pure and infallibly true.
    3. Scripture alone is the supreme authority for believers.
    4. The Bible is clear and understandable to all.
    5. The Bible is sufficient.

    Luther's belief that Scripture was meant for everyone led him to publish a German New Testament. This New Testament was translated from the original Greek, not the Latin used by the Roman Catholic Church. The importance of Scripture in Luther's sermon preparation was also evident. He always began his study with a prayer to understand what he was about to read, and he often. He focused on the Bible first, and is quoted as saying, "The Bible will be buried under a mass of literature about the Bible, and the text itself will be neglected." He devoted time to exegesis of the Biblical text in the original languages of Hebrew and Greek, as well as the scholarly language of the time, Latin. He also knew that his studies were dependent on the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit.
    Above all, Luther's sermons were always Christ-centered. Whatever the text, Luther preached Christ.

    This book is very informative as a study on Martin Luther's effectiveness as a preacher, and his dedication to the Word of God.

    I give this a rating of 5 of out 5.

    I was given a free PDF copy of this book from Reformation Trust in exchange for an honest review

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