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God made man for Himself and His own pleasure. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks at Amos 8:9-12 to see the warnings of sin and the promises of obedience God gave to Israel. The Christian message starts with personal condemnation and exposure of sin, but it does not stop there. Hear the gracious message of God making a way for man in spite of his grievous sin. God's only Son came to deliver man from the wrath he deserved. Why does man ignore the Word of God? Man thinks he knows better. This is the same today as in Amos, with the children of Israel. Is this you? Man doesn't like the Word of God because he doesn't like what it commands and what it prohibits. This is a moral problem. Is religion just a parachute to fall back on in time of need? God sends His word and speaks, but man ignores it. God chastises and punishes, but gives hope by calling man back to Himself through famines. Learn about the worst famine of all–the silence of God. The disobedient man is left to himself–completely hopeless. Nothing he or anyone else can do will improve his position. Find a firm foundation in the hope of Christ.
The story of the human race points to Bethlehem. The focal point of history is Bethlehem. Everything in the Scriptures points to Bethlehem. In this Christmas sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones brings out the amazing and marvelous character of the season. But how do we respond to the Christmas season? Do we marvel at it? Are we amazed by it? Often we are distracted by many other messages during this time. Listen as he looks at Micah 5:2 in order to move the Church to adore the great Savior Jesus Christ. In the message, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says we marvel at Bethlehem because it is where God’s promises are fulfilled. In Bethlehem, God the Father was vindicating His character and proving Himself to be faithful beginning in Genesis 3. What is more, it is in Bethlehem that the eternal counsel by the Triune God was made manifest as the Son of God came to earth. Jesus Christ was just like every other babe, for He was fully human. But He was unlike every other babe in that He is from everlasting. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones connects the promises of God from the Old Testament to their fulfillment in the babe in the manger. Come let us adore and marvel at the mystery of Bethlehem.
Everyone is given the choice of wisdom or pleasure in this life. This is the choice Solomon was given and he chose wisdom. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us that when we choose the world over wisdom, we are guaranteeing emptiness. Man was created to be fulfilled most fully in the Lord. Lloyd-Jones says that to choose anything but wisdom is short-sighted and in fact an insult to man's nature. So what is it that makes us choose wisdom? It is what happens when we truly understand the greatness of the task ahead of us in this life, we will choose wisdom to help us. The world will call for our attention and promise its comforts, but it will not satisfy. Will you consider the hard path ahead? Will you choose wisdom and fulfill yourself in this gift from the Lord? God alone is strong enough to guide us through this life and into the next.
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.