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What is a revival? In this sermon Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones seeks to answer this question by looking at Genesis 26:17-18. Put simply, a revival is a work of the Holy Spirit wherein He moves amongst God’s people and unbelievers. The Holy Spirit is the one who works in God’s people to equip them and gift them for the work of spreading the Gospel and building up the Church. It is the Holy Spirit who gives the Church apostles, preachers, and prophets. It is also the Holy Spirit who moves in the world to convict fallen sinners of their wicked ways and of their need of repentance. But one of the Church’s greatest dangers is to quench the work of the Holy Spirit by denying His work. Dr. Lloyd-Jones argues that one of the biggest problems with the Church today is false teaching about the nature of the Holy Spirit’s work and ministry amongst the people of God. If the Church is to be faithful and equipped to serve God, Christians must return to a doctrine of the Holy Spirit that recognizes His working and power in the world. This sermon has a message for both believers and unbeliever in that it calls all to recognize the grace of God in giving His Spirit to the world.
Prayer is a beautiful gift that has been given to God’s people, but it is not a gift to be taken lightly. The Bible tells that when the Christian prays, they are to pray fervently in the Spirit. What then does it mean to pray in the Spirit? In this sermon on John 4:13–14 titled “Prayer and the Holy Spirit,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses this topic by showing from Scripture how Christians should pray. He begins by saying that in order to pray in the Spirit, the Christian must be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit. When this is done, the Holy Spirit will give the words to pray and will lead in prayer. It is through the Spirit alone that the Christian is able to have access to God, because it is the Spirit who enlightens the mind and reveals God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones then shows that the result of praying in the Spirit is the realization of God’s presence. Prayer is a privilege to be in the presence of the holy God. It is this act of bowing down before the Lord in humility and following the leading of the Spirit that leads to true prayer.
Once saved, always saved. But what happens when we doubt our salvation? How do we regain assurance? The greatest assurance of all is that the love of God has been spread into our hearts. This act is done by the work of the Holy Spirit. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that this is the first time the Holy Spirit has been referenced in terms of our salvation and he makes a few points concerning what this means. The Holy Spirit is given to all Christians without exception and He dwells in our bodies. Some might ask how this is a guarantee of our salvation? Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds that any good work that Christ has begun will not go unfinished. The seal of the Holy Spirit is a guarantee that we are finally fit to enter the glory He has prepared for us. The second part of the sermon explains how someone would know that the Holy Spirit has been given to them.
Biblical authority lies at the center of evangelical identity. Without the authority of the Scriptures, the normative claims of the faith are severely undermined. While the authority of the Scriptures should be fought for, defended, and part of convictional orthodoxy, in this sermon on 1 Corinthians 2:4–5, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds believers it is possible to hold to the authority of the Scriptures and yet have a dead, lifeless orthodoxy. It is only when the authority of the Holy Spirit is affirmed and applied that we see the Christian faith lived with power. In this message, Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches in the hard truth that evangelical Christianity, in its concern over “enthusiastic” religion and emotionalism, responded negatively by down-playing the importance of the Holy Spirit’s power. Instead of searching for the God-given means of power for evangelism and cultural impact, the church sought it in education, social reform, advertising, and other dignified or respectable means. Dr. Lloyd-Jones questions if Christians are guilty of quenching the Spirit through such action. In this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones also surveys the Scriptures, noting the authority of the Spirit in the believer’s conversion, assurance, Scriptural illumination, apologetic, and evangelism. Listen as he makes a compelling case to reassert the authority of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church.
What does it mean to “grieve the Holy Spirit?” In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones continues his series with Ephesians 4:30. Paul’s statement above encompasses all the particulars that he had been talking about in the preceding verses. Importantly, it also serves to differentiate Christian ethics from any other ethical tradition. If a Christian’s morality is not rooted in this purpose and understanding of sinning against God, then it is not Christian at all! Paul’s point is this: any wrong living grieves the Holy Spirit. Why? Because the Holy Spirit is the seal of our inheritance and indwells those who are saved. Any sin runs counter to the character of God, and thus, grieves him greatly. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that when we become Christians, our relationship to God becomes one of love instead of being a lawbreaker. Thus, when we sin, we must not be grieved because we have broken his Law, but rather because we have sinned against his great love for us. Understanding this, it is easy to see why it is such a serious thing to sin and grieve the Holy Spirit. How can we counter this? Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that we must constantly be aware of the Lord’s presence. As people are reverent around royalty, we must remember that God is constantly with us and act accordingly. This will drive us to a desire to honor and please Him with our lives.
In this sermon on Acts 4:29–33 titled “The Work of the Holy Spirit,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches about the wonderful works of God in the preaching of the gospel. In the book of Acts, the apostles are told to stop preaching God’s word and performing miracles. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that this would not have happened if the authorities hadn’t realized what the true gospel was. The preaching of the gospel should be clear enough to distinguish. The apostles were preaching of the wonderful works of God, and this message has power to save. Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches of the special work of the Holy Spirit in empowering gospel preachers. Gospel preachers are not only men behind the pulpit, but also any Christian who speaks the gospel. In this preaching of the gospel, the Spirit both gives authority and enables the preacher to be clear in proclamation. The Spirit also acts upon listeners of the gospel. It is possible to be convicted, but not convinced. Not every hearer of the gospel who is convicted by their sin will be convinced of the truth of the gospel and turn to Jesus. The Spirit is the only one who can convince hearers, reminds Dr. Lloyd-Jones.
What is the basis of faith? Many see faith as nothing more than a feeling or something that is chosen to believe against all reason. But in this sermon on Acts 5:32, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that Christian faith is very different from these common misconceptions. The faith that is found in the New Testament, this true faith, is grounded in historical actions of God. It is grounded in the sending of His Son to die upon the cross, and in the sending of the Holy Spirit to empower believers to fulfill the mission of God. These are real events that have changed the course of history and the whole world! Jesus was a man who lived and died, but He was also God and what He has done is the foundation of all faith. His gospel is the only means of salvation and true peace with God. It is this witness of the Holy Spirit that works in time and history to spread the message of Christ through the church to the whole world. The gospel confronts with the vital question: do you believe in Jesus and that He has come and died so that all who believe might be saved?
What are spiritual gifts? Have you ever wondered if you had a spiritual gift, and if so, what it was? In this sermon, Martyn Lloyd-Jones takes the listener through this topic as he preaches on Scripture’s teachings regarding spiritual gifts. These are extraordinary powers that separate Christians from one another and enable them to serve effectively in different ways across the church. Spiritual gifts are not a blessing that some Christians receive— they are promised to all believers. Have you thought that perhaps the ability of one’s gift was related to its possessor’s spiritual maturity? You are not alone! Dr. Lloyd-Jones takes great pains to dispel this myth and to show that not only do the gifts differ widely from each other, but that they are not determined by the level of one’s spirituality. Theologians for centuries have argued over which gifts were only for the early church, which gifts exist in the church across its existence and even if any spiritual gifts are still in existence today. Lloyd-Jones provides a helpful commentary and discussion on these questions, showing the difference between natural gifts and supernatural gifts. What about the unforgivable sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit? Listen carefully as he unwraps this and more in this extremely helpful sermon on the Holy Spirit.
Who is Jesus? Many say that Jesus was merely a good teacher. He was, indeed a teacher, the greatest teacher who has ever lived. But, He is more. Christ did not merely come to teach, for teaching cannot conquer sin. Law cannot change a man. Jesus came to change lives. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, that Christians “once were” something else, but they have been transformed. The Christian is a new man, no longer under the power and sway of the devil. The wicked one cannot touch him. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that this is not achieved through Jesus’ gift of teaching, but it is achieved through Jesus’ gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit emancipates the new believer by giving him knowledge of, and a taste for, Christ. The believer has new affections and desires. Jesus, therefore, is seen in our weakness, in our failure, in our hopelessness, and in our despair. We must go to Him, just as we are, and find new life. We need more than His teaching; we need Him. Indeed, Jesus is more than a teacher. He is more than a law-giver. Jesus is the Savior who will never leave us nor forsake us.
God’s purpose for everything He does, according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is our sanctification. However, there are three dangers that Lloyd-Jones outlines: Christians must not separate justification and sanctification. Christians cannot believe to both receive sanctification at the time of salvation and also at a point in the future, and Christians must be wary of preaching a false evangelism that stops at forgiveness and excludes holy living. But why should we care about living a life that is pleasing to God? Because God is holy. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains our responsibility in sanctification. While the Holy Spirit is at work within us, we must not resist His work! Paul wrote about this in Romans 8 and other passages, teaching that we must actively seek to eliminate sin from our lives. Listen as Lloyd-Jones explains how we can come alongside the Holy Spirit in His work of making us more like Jesus Christ!