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The Work of The Holy Spirit

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Book of Acts

A Sermon on Acts 4:29-33

And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

They Had Everything in Common

Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. (ESV)

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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.


Additional Scripture Translations

Acts 4:29-33, New American Standard Bible

29And now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant it to Your bond-servants to speak Your word with all confidence, 30while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” 31And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

Sharing among Believers

32And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. 33And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.

Acts 4:29-33, King James Version

29And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

31¶ And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. 32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 33And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.


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.