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The danger of seeking only the subjective; the theory of evolution and the modern world; astrology and spirit ism rife today; the eternal purpose of God revealed at Bethlehem; a Son given for us.
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.
The Bible presents its truth in an existential manner; Genesis 3 a perfect description of men and women today; the restlessness in human nature; the sense of deprivation; religion an attempt to fill the gap; man held in bondage by the fear of death; pardoned by God.
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.
Man sees only the visible; misses the invisible and thereby the cause of his problem; modern man is confused; sin enters the world; the knowledge of evil inside us; the knowledge of death; our greatest problem; science; man always searches in the wrong place.
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.