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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.
Evangelicals rightly value Truth. Sometimes, however, their reputation for truth is understood as the desire to merely be right. The former leads to freedom, assurance, and grace. The latter leads to a morbid cynicism. Among the problems in the church of Rome was the concern about whether they were right about eating and drinking. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones suggests from Romans 14:17, they were constantly worried about being right on the matter, which led to fearful, anxious and censorious conditions. The church was a place that contradicted what the Kingdom of God is about: peace. The church today is likewise preoccupied with the matter of being right. The result is we can constantly look for some defect in one another – we are “spiritual detectives” towards each other instead of the family of God. But where is peace in all this? Have we forgotten that the purpose of salvation itself is to have peace with God? This Gospel of peace spreads, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, to having peace with ourselves and one another. The Kingdom of God is about peace! Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones points us to the Prince of Peace in order that we may have wholistic peace.
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!
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.
What does it mean to be baptized by the Holy Spirit? This phrase is often misunderstood by many Christians, and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones takes this sermon to bring clarity to this topic. Many people will say that baptism of the Holy Spirit is the same as salvation. Yet, this implies that the apostles were not saved until Pentecost since that is when the Spirit came on them! No, the phrase must mean something else. Dr. Lloyd-Jones defines the baptism of the Holy Spirit as the initial experience of the glory, reality and love of the Father. Can one be filled with the Spirit repeatedly? Lloyd-Jones presents his argument for why he believes this to be the case and why it is the source of power and ability for the believer in Christian service and witnessing. This filling, he says, differentiates an advocate from a witness. Dr. Lloyd-Jones closes out by offering Scripture’s perspective on how to determine if someone is truly filled with the Spirit, and he establishes a foundational principle—revival is the pouring out of God’s spirit, and more than anything, that is needed in order to turn our countries back to Him. Christians have a biblical responsibility to pray for this.
Once saved, always saved. But what happens when one doubts their salvation and how do they regain assurance? The greatest assurance of all is that the love of God has been spread into the hearts of His people. This act is done by the work of the Holy Spirit. In the sermon "The Holy Spirit and Assurance" from Romans 5:5, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that this is the first time the Holy Spirit is referenced in terms of 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 their bodies. Some might ask how this is a guarantee of 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 Christians are finally fit to enter the glory He has prepared for them. The second part of the sermon explains how someone would know that the Holy Spirit has been given to them.
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?
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.
How can something be one but many different things? Yet, this is the nature of the Church. Each member is different, but part of one body. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones probes into how this can happen, and who produces it in his Exposition of Ephesians 2:20-22. First, Dr. Lloyd-Jones makes a distinction between individuals, and being individualistic. The former is, as he notes, a beautiful aspect of the church. Each stone is hewn differently—every Christian is different—but each stone does not pursue isolation. Each stone needs the others to be a temple. The differences in the church, according to Lloyd-Jones, spotlights the nature of a living God. However, who is the one responsible for the unity in the diversity? As he observes from Ephesians, the builder of the temple is the Holy Spirit (vs 22). As Dr. Lloyd-Jones notes, the church is a miracle. The Holy Spirit must bring us all to the conviction of our depravity and sin in order to shape and mold us into stones for the temple. Also, the Holy Spirit is the one who opens our eyes to the truth of the gospel, gives us understanding, produces the same fruit, and gives different gifts to members of the Church. We are unable to do anything apart from Him.
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.