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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.
To be a Christian means to experience the grace of God; the road to Christian experience does not conform to a fixed pattern; the need to be aware that God deals with you; the marks of a Christian.
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? the greatest cause of man's troubles; the social effects of Christianity as revealed by history; Christianity never promises to bring peace to this world; is Christianity selfish? the message of God's plan of salvatin.
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.
The facts are in accord with the Old Testament; God's plan of salvation central to Christmas; the Messiah has come; God's promise to Abraham fulfilled; sin overruled.
The problem of life and living; two views of life : the godly and the ungodly; Christianity not only for the simple-minded; religion should be first priority; love separated from sex; the enjoyments of the mind; the importance of happiness; the reversal of the order of priorities.
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.
The call of Matthew; and its relevance to modern man; Christianity not a philosophy; but of history; what is the meaning of the call? a call of totality; a new realm and level of thinking; His call leads to Calvary; called to humiliation; persecution and death; yet also called to God and forgiveness.
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.