Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Louis Sieck

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Acts 20:27; Romans 6:22; Titus 3:8; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Colossians 3:10; Galatians 5:17; Galatians 5:24; Romans 6:4; Romans 6:11; Ephesians 1:19; Philippians 2:13; Romans 8:13; Romans 8:37; Galatians 5:22-23; Colossians 2:20-22; Matthew 15:9; John 16:2; 1 John 3:9; Matthew 7:17-18; Matthew 12:35; Psalm 53:1; John 15:5; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; 2 Corinthians 8:7-20; Titus 2:14; 2 Corinthians 8:4; Galatians 6:9-10; Ephesians 5:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 1:17; Romans 3:24; Romans 4:4; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 11:6;


The problem, then, with which this paper shall deal is this: “On what basis and in what manner shall a Christian minister urge his people to perform good works?" This shall be seen, first of all, from the Bible, both the Old and the New Testaments, the unalterable Word of God, which clearly sets forth the motivation for good works. It shall be seen, secondly, that the Scriptural motivation is clearly and correctly set forth in the Symbolical nooks of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The last section of this paper will be devoted to an analysis of sermons and writings of the world's great preachers and theologians with the object of determining their approach to the Scriptural motivation for good works. Although Scripture indicates but a single motive for good works, there are nevertheless various methods of presentation of this doctrine, and these are demonstrated in the works of those who have gone before. Since it is ultimately with preaching the motivation for good works that this paper deals, it is for the most part by a study of sermons that the manner of preaching can be discovered.

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