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What makes Christianity different from every other religion? In a day when mysticism and spiritism are rife, the question inevitably comes up. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks at the prophecy of Isaiah 9:2, wherein man is said to walk in darkness and disbelief. Modern man is no different from those ancient Israelites who had turned away from God and gone their own way. But God’s answer to this great act of rebellion is also the same. God has sent His Son to die upon the cross in the place of sinners who did not seek God or desire His mercy. Jesus Christ is God’s only appointed means of salvation. What makes Christianity different? The answer is Jesus! God has revealed His eternal purpose in His Son who was born as a servant in Bethlehem. This infant grew up and lived a perfect life and died upon the cross to save those that killed Him. This sermon forces us all to ask the pointed question, “do I believe?” "Do I believe that God has sent His Son to die for me?” There is no more important question that we can ask because this question concerns our very soul. We must all believe in Jesus Christ as Savior.
Do you ever doubt or forget your experiences of God? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us that the reason for our doubting is because experiences are not meant to last. Instead of this, we must truly know the character of Jesus Christ; if we do this, we will never doubt our standing before God. Isaiah 9:6 teaches us the true character of Christ. Isaiah describes Jesus as Mighty God, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father. Dr. Lloyd-Jones unfolds these attributes to show us what we must truly believe and place our hope in. Jesus washes away our sin because we are unable. Christ is available to counsel us in every moment of need; he is the author of eternal life! If you doubt the goodness, reality, or importance of your Savior, reflect on the true character of Jesus Christ.
Do you wonder at times if you can trust God and his promises? Christmas tells you, “Yes! You can!” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches us in this text from Isaiah 9:6 that we must think more highly of the gift of Christ we are given from the Father. A gift tells us about the one who gives as well as the one who receives. When we consider the greatness of God giving us his Son, we understand three things. First, we must make much of God and not only Christ; the giver is as great as the gift. Second, we must be in very great need if we are given so costly a gift. Finally, our response must be one of amazement, gratitude, and praise. God loves us so much that he gave us the greatest gift that could be given! Hold fast to that when you struggle to trust God’s promises. Christmas is the guarantee that we can trust God’s goodness.
Do you battle temptations and trials daily? Do you feel afflicted by the opinions of the world? If so, you are in the same position as the Israelites in 1 Samuel 12:12. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches us that it matters what you do in response to your situation. The Israelites did not respond correctly, rather they insisted on their own way. They wanted a king in order to be like the rest of the world. Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches us that if we feel afflicted in our current state it is because we have forgotten the history of our salvation. Christian, do not forget the great privilege of being a child of the Lord! You have direct access to your Creator, and you have full forgiveness in Christ! You have a God who is not ashamed to call you his child! Do not succumb to the temptations of this world, but walk in gratitude for the gift of your Christianity and the great privileges you have in Christ!
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve find themselves in a fearful, worried state. How did they get there? This is the question Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers in this sermon on Genesis 3:1. Often times we can find ourselves fearful and worried like Adam and Eve. This is because we, like them, ask the question, “Did God really say?” We have absolutely no reason to believe that God is not kind, but we still question his goodness when we are told to obey him. This is what happened to Adam and Eve; they allowed themselves to question the intentions of the Lord. Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages us to believe what has always been true of God: that he is infinitely good, infinitely just, and infinitely holy! Give up foolish reason when you question the goodness of God. Instead of asking, “did God say?” proclaim, “I believe what God has said and I believe it!”
Man's situation; struggle and trial; the Bible a practical book about life; two views of life and the world; God revealed in the Bible; religion: realism not escapism; why is there pain and agony in life; why do we do wrong? opposition to God blinds one to the need of a Saviour.
In the garden of Eden, mankind tried to recover from what was lost at the Fall; Adam and Eve tried to cover their nakedness with leaves and hide from God. Ever since then, mankind has never ceased to run from God and cover the results of the Fall with intellect, politics, and medicine. Ignoring the reality that no politician or medicine can address the guilt-ridden conscience. In this sermon on Genesis 3:7-8, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that mankind has been trying to ignore the reality of God and of guilt ever since the garden. He illustrates this idea by calling out to the individual conscience and showing that fear of death and a guilt-ridden life have a God-given conscience in common. Do you find yourself trying to convince yourself that everything is just fine as it is? Or do you recognize that, without a Savior, this whole world is upside down and your own soul is torn with sin and guilt? Listen in and hear about the God who is both just and merciful. Do not try to cover over your inadequacies with false hopes that cannot fix your guilt stained conscience. Look to Christ who forgives sin and makes filthy consciences clean!
All men are guilty of the same sin as Adam; God continues to speak; man is addressed on a personal level; Christianity not a discussion bout ideas; man hides behind his intellectual 'trees'; the Gospel frees us.
The need for a broad view; a proclamation from God; when science goes beyond fact it becomes a philosophy; philosophy and the cults never face man's ultimate problem; the message of the Bible is true history; two types of history; periods of great knowledge and great darkness; a message of deliverance.
What is at the root of all of man’s problems? In this sermon Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the fall and the first transgression of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:22-24. He says the reason our first parents sinned is because they refused to acknowledge their own creature-hood and ignorance. They sought to become like God himself. This is still the fundamental problem of sin and evil: men do not accept that they are God’s creatures and subject to his Law. Man, in his pride, seeks to understand and explain the world by his own reason and standards. But this is utter folly because apart from God, man cannot truly know himself or the world. True understanding only comes when we accept that we are not God, but we are his creatures. We must put our faith in God and in what he has done for us on the cross in Jesus Christ! Only by repenting and believing in Jesus Christ can we return to true fellowship with God and be freed from the curse of sin. This sermon calls us all to ask the question, do I believe? Have I forsaken any chance of understanding the world without Christ? There is no more important question any of us can ask because it concerns not only our good in this life, but our very eternal salvation.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.