The Gospel of God
A Sermon on Acts 5:20-29
“Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach.
Now when the high priest came, and those who were with him, they called together the council, all the senate of the people of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. But when the officers came, they did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported, “We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them we found no one inside.” Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to. And someone came and told them, “Look! The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.” Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.
And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. (ESV)
What is the message of the Church? What gives the Church any meaning in the modern world? This question arises because many say that Christianity and its message is irrelevant to modern man in this new age of science and enlightenment. In this sermon on Acts 5:20-29, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that the Church is just as important as it has always been, for the Church has one message: the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It is a timeless message that is for all people, in all places, and in all times. It is the one message that brings salvation from sins and true peace with God! The Church is called to faithfully proclaim this message as it has received it from God Himself. It is not to change it by adding or taking away. Do you trust in the Gospel? Have you forsaken all hope of saving yourself? God’s Gospel calls us all to flee from sin and find refuge in His Son, Jesus Christ. This sermon challenges each and every one of us to look at the Gospel as God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. For Jesus alone saves!
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.