Repentance - Door to Forgiveness
A Sermon on Acts 5:29-32
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” (ESV)
What does it mean to follow Jesus? There are some Christians who say that following Jesus is merely an act of profession or bare intellectual assent. But the New Testament tells us something different about the Christian life. In this sermon on Acts 5:29-32, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches the biblical message that following Jesus means that we believe him and repent of our sins. This is because to believe in Jesus is to believe in his message and to obey it. Those who live in unrepentant sin and immorality, but claim to be Christian, are living a lie according to the Bible. For there is no forgiveness without repentance. But Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones is clear that repentance is not a work, it is simply what it means to be a follower of Jesus and a Christian. It also does not mean that Christians never sin, but only that they continually turn away from their sins and look to Christ. What does this mean to you? This is the most important message any of us can hear because it alone contains salvation! There is no salvation apart from repentance of sin and trusting in Jesus. This sermon asks us all the crucial question, do you believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins?
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.