The Book of Hebrews
In this sermon on Hebrews 12:25-29, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones starts by addressing a common objection of the Bible. Many contemporary men do not believe the Bible and its value, simply because it’s old. It is irrelevant to us because it is obsolete. However, Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches that the Bible is ever relevant, ever contemporary, and ever true because it is the everlasting God who speaks about His Son, Jesus Christ. Human history, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, tells us that man refuses to listen to God and His Word. In turn, we become confused and unstable as we seek to find stability, security, and certainty in the things that aren’t meant to be. Only in the realm of God, the Kingdom of God, can humans find a place of spiritual rest. How can one enter into this Kingdom? The Gospel. Have faith in Jesus Christ and trust that He has taken away your sins. Do you wish to find stability in this unstable world? Listen to this sermon by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he clearly teaches about the everlasting Kingdom of God and its implication for Christians of the 21st century.
In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exposits Hebrews 12:28-29 and its surrounding verses to call the listeners to heed the call to repentance by Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, should not be refused. While the misconceptions and vain philosophies of this age will soon fade, Jesus’s Gospel and Kingdom is eternal, and they will be unshakeable throughout all ages. More importantly, all people will pass, along with this world, and they will have to give account to every thought and deed. The judgement of God will be inescapable, but those who believe in God’s way of salvation through God’s Son will join Him in His everlasting Kingdom. Since Jesus sits on the throne and rules His Kingdom forever, Christians will be in His Kingdom forever. We will be considered as heirs and firstborns in His family. In contrast, those who refuse the One who speaks, and trust in their own abilities, will be judged eternally. They will be cast away with the worldly kingdoms and its ruler, the devil. Which kingdom would you like to be? Should you believe in yourself or should you believe in Jesus the King of the unshakeable Kingdom? Listen, now, to this powerful and convicting message by Dr. Lloyd-Jones.
In this classic sermon by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, he exposits Hebrews 13:11-12 and the effect of the meaning of the cross. The world believes that the cross was not historical or possible. Yet, directing our attention the epistle and the Bible, Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that the Calvary was not an accident or tragedy – it was a decisive act of God and the means to save and bring His people back to His presence. The cross also fulfills all the Old Testament prophecies and promises.
In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses the congregation with Hebrews 13:8. He encourages listeners that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. In this lengthy address, Dr. Lloyd-Jones provides an overview of some of the issues the world has faced in the past century. He says he is deeply thankful to be preaching in the 20th century, in which the world is confused and scared, the human soul is searching for a solution, and the Church is less characterized by empty religion. Throughout history, and most recently in the last two centuries, humans have become increasingly convinced of their own strength and have delusions of answers to the universe's problem; whether scientific, philosophical, or psychological. He says that these human solutions are all wrong. Rather, the Christian is to look to Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Looking to our unchanging God provides consolation that no worldly solution can offer. Jesus of Nazareth came into this world as the Son of God in order to rescue sinners from their well-deserved eternal damnation. He died for us, and was raised again, giving us eternal security if we choose to have faith in Him.
Prayer is vital to the Christian. So when this fails, everything else seems to go. Listen to this sermon on Hebrews 10:19-22 as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the great fight man is engaged in. Look at the instruction Christ provided on the difficult task of prayer. Why is prayer difficult? Learn about the grandeur of entering into the presence of God. There can be no confidence in prayer until the accusing conscience is dealt with. Man's heart is polluted by sin, and he is desperately in need of a sincere heart. Look at the hope of Psalm 51 and passages in the New Testament that show the possibility of going before God in boldness! There is a new and living way – no longer bound to the temporality of priests who die. Find a firm foundation in the shed blood of the Son of God. Prayer is not merely psychology, it is God's way to walk in confidence before Him. There is a needed sincerity and purity of heart that is required. You must deal with your conscience. Christ was punished and He literally rose again. You cannot resist the devil without this doctrine. Deal with your one remaining problem and rejoice in the hope God has given.
Does Christianity have a place in today’s modern world, or is it outdated and in need of being replaced by newer ideas? Many people think that Christianity, and especially many of its teachings, are irrelevant because they are from such a long time ago. However, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues in this sermon, the Christian faith is needed just as much now as it was then. People throughout history have thought that the world would get better with new technology, globalization, and other breakthroughs that would unite the world. However, these man-made solutions have failed to bring about the utopia that many hoped for. Massive empires that once dominated the world are now nothing. Science, philosophy, wealth, and politics have all failed to bring about the change that is desperately desired. Dr. Lloyd-Jones notes this is due to man’s sinfulness. We are not perfect and nothing we build can be perfect. Thus, we are incapable of ultimately fixing the issues we encounter in the world. The Bible alone gives an explanation for the state of the current world, and the Bible alone provides a basis of hope for the future. God’s kingdom is the only one that won't change and that will last forever. Will you reject it, or will you join?
Listen to this sermon on Hebrews 4:14-16 as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones discuss the theme of the preeminence of God, the importance of doctrine, and two crucial prescriptions for the Christian. Christians are unhappy because they are not as certain about their salvation as they ought to be. We like psychology with a little biblical terminology, and feeling like we are good people. The Gospel is not merely for comfort. Two things are deemed to be inseparable prescriptions for the Christian. First, hold fast to the confession of the faith. Second, come boldly before the throne. Orthodoxy is not enough. Vague feelings and prayer are not enough. Learn the fallacy of the common phrase: “Christianity is caught not taught”. The Christian is an intellectual who he believes, what he believes, and why he believes it. Hear about the confessions and catechisms created by men of God – man needs a defined faith to hold fast to. What is the Christian faith about? Christianity is not just positive thinking and comfort. Look at the person and work of Christ – the resurrection, Christ as representative, High Priest, Son of God, and Son of man. Christ can sympathize with you. The throne of justice is also the throne of grace and must be approached with reverence.
Some say, “Doctrine divides, let’s focus on prayer.” But what is prayer without doctrine? Is prayer really the easiest thing we can do? Is it as simple as breathing? Can anyone go to God in prayer? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that prayer is not easy. It is extremely difficult. And here’s why: prayer is entering into God’s presence with a clean conscience and pure heart. How can anyone do this? It seems impossible. Our conscience condemns us. Our hearts prove our guilt. Yet, prayer is absolutely vital. It is essential to the Christian life. Listen to this sermon as the Dr. not only explains our problem in prayer, but shows the solution. We enter into prayer through the flesh of Jesus Christ. It’s through His incarnation and His death. Our punishment which the law required was placed upon Jesus Christ. It’s been dealt with; therefore, God cannot punish us again. Since the law is satisfied, our conscience is satisfied. How can we pray? It is through Jesus Christ and him crucified. Therefore, the Christian approaches the throne of God with fear, and also with great boldness. Lloyd-Jones points out: this is all doctrine. Thus, doctrine cannot be separated from our prayers.
What does it mean to look forward to the heavenly Kingdom of God? The Bible tells us that all believers are pilgrims and sojourners waiting for the day that Christ will return and make all things new. Christ will complete the salvation that He has begun and all who believe will be finally and fully freed from sin and death. Do you know this truth? Are you a child of God? This is the most important truth any one of us can ask because we are all in sin and depravity. But God comes to us in grace and gives us freedom and adoption in Him. In this sermon on Hebrew 2:1-4, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones tells us that we are all in need of Christ. Human wealth and wisdom cannot compare with what God has given all His children, to the grace that has been freely bestowed up all who trust in His Son. The sermon calls us to lay aside our pride and self-reliance, and trust wholly on God. It offers great encouragement to those who believe. To those who do not believe, it calls them to flee from sin and trust in God alone.
Why is it such a terrible thing to reject the Gospel? In this sermon on Hebrews 2:1-4, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on man's need of salvation and what happens if he rejects it. Salvation is such a weighty matter because of its source: God. If we say no to salvation, then we say no to the God who has offered salvation to all who believe. This is why it is such a dangerous thing to spurn God’s gracious gift that He has put forward in Jesus Christ. But those who do accept salvation are given the greatest possible blessing: eternal life and peace with God. The Gospel is God’s ultimate gift of grace that alone can free man from sin and judgement. This sermon calls each and every one of us to examine ourselves and ask the question, have I accepted God’s gift of salvation? Am I trusting in Jesus as my only hope? This is not an inconsequential question, but it is the most important question any of us can ask, for with the great gift of salvation comes with the great penalty for rejecting it.