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Is Christmas really that important? Does the story of Christ's birth really matter? In this sermon by Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones, listeners are reminded of the true significance of Christmas. Christmas is not simply to warm our hearts, nor only to produce a cheerful attitude; Christmas is a time in which believers in Jesus Christ must magnify the Lord our God. Through an explanation of "The Magnificat" in Luke 1:46-55, Dr. Lloyd-Jones aids listeners with a rich and theologically profound explanation of Mary's song of praise upon learning she is pregnant with Jesus. One of the first points The Doctor emphasizes is Mary's heart in forgetting herself and praising the Lord. She is humbled and grateful that the Lord would choose her to bear the Savior of the world. She is able to praise God so thoroughly because her praise is based on understanding, not simply emotion. Since she is able to understand a portion of God's glory, her emotions correspond and she praises God. She praises God's power, without which not a soul on this earth would be saved. She praises His holiness, without which He would not be worthy of praise. She praises his mercy, without which everyone would be doomed. In God's precious mercy, he chose Mary to bear Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Listen in as Dr. Lloyd-Jones helps us worship God better.
The incarnation; the supreme example of God fulfilling prophecy; the Magnificat as a summary of the Old Testament; God always remembers His promises; the future guaranteed.
Have you come face-to-face with the real purpose of the Gospel? Has it made any vital difference to you? It's meant to change everything. Listen in as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Luke 1:46-55 and talks about the dangers of being unaffected by the Gospel, and what response and reaction it ought to invoke. "To be a Christian means that we have had an experience of the grace of God; that is essential Christianity.” Diving into Mary’s Magnificat, we see the recounting of her response to God's work; in a sense this was the first Christian experience. More than an amazement that she would have a child was the realization of what God was doing on a larger scale. Christianity is, "the life of God in the souls of men.” It is about what God does to us, not what we have done. The mark of a Christian is the experience of God’s grace, but this does not look the exact same for everyone. Search yourself to see if, “The One who made you at the beginning is making you again.” Assurance is not in a feeling of entitlement to be forgiven, but rather in one who is immensely conscience of his own unworthiness. God’s mercy is on those who fear Him. Do you?
Why does the world not turn to Christ? the forces that oppose Christian people; the forms of attack the devil uses; the devil has adopted the Christian message; the message of Christmas humbles the world; the Christmas message and modern man; the wisdom of man made to look foolish; philosophy unable to save; God saves.
Has Christianity failed? This is the question that Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones seeks to answer in this sermon on Luke 18:8. Many critics of Christianity say that after nearly two thousand years since the establishment of Christianity, the world is still full of strife and conflict. The world is still full of war, poverty, and crime. Modern history has shown that, if anything, the world is only getting worse. What does all this mean for the claims of Christianity? Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows that the troubles of the world do not constitute an argument against the claims of Christianity for the reason that Christianity never claimed to solve all the world’s problems here and now. For at the center of Christianity is Christ who died upon the cross in order to save sinners from the wrath of God and make them inheritors of eternal life in the age to come. In fact, the Bible teaches that men are fundamentally sinners who hate God and oppose His Law. It is only by the Gospel that they can ever be transformed. Christianity never claims that this world will be made perfect by the Church, but what it does teach is that Jesus Christ will return on the Last Day, and He will make all things right.
This letter; and its application to the present-day evangelical church; the state of being 'lukewarm'; the difference between sentimentality and emotionalism; Christians who are blind to their condition; self-deception; the need for self-examination.
Lists of names or genealogies can seem quite obscure, boring, and irrelevant. In his message on Matthew 1:1, however, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says the essence of the Christmas message is found in Matthew’s genealogy. If Christianity was just a teaching or philosophy, Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us, then historical events in the Bible would not matter. If Christianity was merely a new outlook on life, then dates would be no concern. Since Christianity is based upon, and concerned with, the person of Christ, we recall that there was a given day when Christ was born. Because we are concerned with a person and not just a teaching, we remember that this event really did happen. Take away the event and you take away Christ. Take away Christ and there is no Christianity. Dr. Lloyd-Jones highlights the names of David and Abraham in the genealogy in order to connect the coming of the Messiah with the Old Testament promises. The essence of the Christmas message can be summarized in the fulfillment of these two promises, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones. In God’s covenant with David, He establishes that it is through His posterity that His universal kingdom will be fulfilled. Through Abraham, God commits Himself to the salvation of the nations. Dr. Lloyd-Jones calls us to reflect upon the Christmas season and find comfort in the fulfillment of the promises of God. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones bring the message of comfort and joy in the fulfillment of Old Testament promises.
Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:33 seem simple: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reveals in his sermon “Seek Ye First,” they are in fact a profound statement on the priorities of the Christian life. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains the impact “seek ye first” can have on your life and how seeking God and his righteousness can change your perspective for the better.
Three principles concerning Christianity; a false view of life; man sees himself as only a body; the effects of a life of slavery; the establishment of the kingdom; the wrath of God against the unrighteous.
What does it mean to be called by the Lord Jesus Christ? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks to the example of Matthew 9:9. Matthew was a tax collector whom Jesus called one day. Matthew responds to this call by leaving his old sinful life behind and committing himself to Christ. This demonstrates that the call to be a Christian is a call to leave behind the old way of living and to seek Christ Jesus and His Kingdom. It is an uncompromising commitment to love God and follow His commandments, not out of self-preservation, but out of a new love for God and neighbor. To be a Christian is to follow Jesus and to obey His commandments. This is done first and foremost by believing in His Gospel and the fact that He is the Savior sent from God. How does this apply to us today? Being a Christian in modern times is fundamentally the same as always because it is about following Christ and believing in His Gospel. It is about trusting in Jesus in the midst of suffering and persecution, and pursuing God in all aspects of life. The call to be a Christian is one that all must accept because it is the only way to eternal life.
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.