When preaching I find it always important to preach Law and Gospel. At my church in the bulletin it says proclamation of Law and Gospel instead of sermon. Now I don't know if this term is specifically Lutheran or not or whether or not you know what it means so I'll give you guys a quick run down of it. The idea behind it is that the Bible can be separated between two types of scripture, Law and Gospel. Verses that are law show us our sin. Verses of Gospel show us our salvation and forgiveness. The Law in showing us our sins will bring us to the Gospel. The law makes us conscious of our sin and the futility of being saved by works as is pointed out in Romans 3:20. The Gospel shows us we are saved by grace, through faith, it brings us hope and strength. So when preaching proclaim Law and Gospel. What good is either one without the other. Law alone will only condemn us and can not save us. Gospel alone makes Jesus’ death in vain for what good is it if we are not condemned or sinful. This doesn't really explain the practice of Law and Gospel fully for there is more too it but I find this to be a nice outline/basics to it. I know you guys probably know some of this already but hey I figured I might as well post it.
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the la