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What is a Christian? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers saying the Christian is the one sees his sin and brokenness. He is the one sees his weakness and flees to Christ, abandoning all efforts of saving himself. Regardless of one’s background and upbringing, what unifies all of mankind is their fallen nature and their need for redemption in Christ. All men are born in Adam and are children of wrath. It is out of this mass of fallen mankind form which Christians are saved through the work of Christ. It is Christ that delivers men from sin and gives them new life in the midst of their distress. So, all Christians are saved through the same blood, Savior, and God. This common salvation applies to all people regardless of their personality. It saves all people regardless of their ethnic background and cultural background. The peace that Christ brings applies to all men in all times and in all places. This is because Jesus Christ fulfills the deepest need of all men. He delivers all who cry out and believe from their sin and brokenness by leading them into the heavenly Jerusalem, making them a new people by the power of His blood. Jesus delivers us from all brokenness and sin by the power of His gospel.
Pauls concern; the world without a foundation; incapable of laying a foundation; the wrong approach; the great inspector; the only foundation; the great builder. (52 minutes long; but missing the last few minutes)
If you are a Christian, you have faced persecution of some sort. Christians all around the world face varying levels of this— some believers are murdered or physically harmed for their faith, while others are merely scoffed at by those who think Christianity is foolish. What can we do to combat this? In this sermon on Acts 4: 23-24, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains how the church can stand strong in the midst of trying times by pointing back to the early church and the examples of Peter and John. First, believers must not compromise their message. After being released from prison, Peter and John continued to preach the gospel even though they had been forbidden to on penalty of death. Second, they must go to God in prayer. It is so easy for Christians to become anxious about what they need to do, yet Lloyd-Jones points out that Peter and John acknowledged that it was His problem to handle, not theirs! This brought immense peace because they were choosing to rest in God’s sovereignty by trusting His plan rather than becoming worried about the circumstances. Listen as The Doctor unpacks how Christians today can stand strong for the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of persecution.
What is the state of your heart? Are you sad, or do you have joy in the Lord? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from the New Testament passage in Luke 24: 25-26 regarding the two men walking to Emmaus. The gospel author uses four words to initially describe these men: “their hearts were sad.” Later, however, they undergo a massive emotional swing as they end up with their “hearts burning within them.” Which description characterizes you? Lloyd-Jones says there is nothing more important than this change because when people claim to be Christians and yet have a heavy heart, they are a poor witness: “Masses of people are outside the church today because they look at us and see what we are.” Are we making the gospel attractive to people? Are we, as Paul instructs us to be in 2 Corinthians 2:16, a sweet-smelling aroma? For many believers, it is still a struggle to live in the joy that is ours in Christ. The Doctor says that the remedy for this is to pray and ask the Spirit to open our eyes to the truth and to enlighten us so that our heart rejoices. Sincere joy in the Lord will aid your testimony as a Christian— do you have it?
The problem of communication; how the gospel spread; the Christian message; the forgotten introduction; Jesus of Nazareth; preached with assurance; received with assurance. (55 minutes long)
Why are you struggling in your walk with Christ? Are you still overcome with anxiety? Are you frustrated with continued temptations? While we are promised that God will gradually grow us into the image of His sinless Son, many of us become frustrated to find that we still struggle with many of the things we wrestled with before we became followers of Jesus. In this sermon from 2 Peter 1:1, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that many of the the problems in our Christian life can be traced to our forgetfulness about the truths of our faith. If you are constantly anxious about things or if you are discouraged because you find yourself still wrestling with many temptations, The Doctor encourages you to actively call to mind the core tenets and promises of Christianity, such as that God has equipped you with everything you need to live in a way that pleases Him. Do you realize the precious character of your faith? It is precious because God Himself has given it to us, because it cost Him His Son, because it is rare and many people do not have the blessing of knowing Jesus as their Savior, and because we are in the same company as the heroes of the faith who have gone before us. Let us rest in the precious value and promises of our faith, for He is faithful!
Why do some people reject Christ? The truth of the Gospel seems so sure, and yet many still turn from it. Why? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones takes us to Scripture to explain why people reject the Gospel. One of the greatest missionaries of all time was the apostle Paul. Yet in 1 Timothy 1:12-13, he makes a startling admission— that he had at one point been a great blasphemer of God and persecutor of Christians. And yet, God eventually saved him. People today say that they are not Christians because of their high intellect— they say that Christianity is for the weak-minded, and that they do not need it since they have a high intellectual understanding. Yet, many great Christians throughout history have shown this to be false simply because they were men of towering intellect themselves! Augustine and Paul himself are just two out of a vast number of those who are brilliant and yet follow Jesus. Paul writes that the real reason for rejection is unbelief and ignorance that bring prejudice against the Gospel and blind people to its truths. What exactly is this unbelief and ignorance about? Listen as The Doctor explains the real reason for unbelief and how we as Christians can effectively engage it today!
The wonder of Creation; only the Christian really perceives; the uniqueness of man; the problem and tragedy of man; only one hope; do you think? Reasons for urgency.
We do not know the venue at which this sermon was preached.
Preached on 18th September 1978; onboard the OM ship 'DOULOS'. This sermon is 76 minutes long!