Christianity - the Only Hope
A Sermon on Acts 1:1-3
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. (ESV)
Why do Christians go to church? What compels us to gather for a day of worship, fellowship and preaching? Is it because of an agreement of morals or a collective optimism about life? Is it only for the weak and discouraged? In this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains the true purpose of the Church. With clear exposition and thought-provoking questions, Dr. Lloyd-Jones presses into the heart and asks a compelling question: do you know the gospel? Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains the saving message of Jesus Christ, especially how Luke writes it in his gospel and his treatise to Theophilus entitled "The Acts of the Apostles," or "Acts." The sinner's past is forgiven when he repents of his sin. In an instant he is made a new creation because of what Jesus did on the cross in paying the wages of sin. Our victory is secure by the resurreciton of Jesus Christ. Since He is alive today, He fulfills the promise He made as He was ascending by being with us to the end of the age. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones exposits Acts 1:1-3, listen as he very precisely explains why Christianity is the only hope and how this concept displays itself in the church. As "The Doctor" says in this sermon: "If you want to understand Christianity, don't shut your Bible, open it! Listen for your 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.