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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 question of authority; religion or Christianity? Christ is the authority of the Church.
Liberalism and modernism; the antagonism between science and Scripture; approaching the Scriptures; Scripture; and unregenerate man; the doctrine of Scripture; and the Person of Christ.
The Church's great need for the power and authority of the Holy Spirit; the power and authority of the Spirit defined; Christ anointed by the Spirit; the work of the Spirit in conversion and assurance; the Spirit in evangelism.
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.