A Gospel for Sinners
A Sermon on Acts 8:25
Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans. (ESV)
Preaching from Acts 8:25 in this Christmas sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that the greatest message the world can hear is the Gospel. For the Gospel tells us of what Christ has done for us. It tells us that God loved the world so much that he sent his only begotten Son to die in the place of sinners who deserved judgment and condemnation. This is not a message of sentimentalism and shallow love, but it is one that proclaims the great power of God in salvation. For only by a direct act of God can sinful men be made righteous and holy before God their creator and king. But men scorn and mock this message. They think that a Messiah who dies on a cross is utter foolishness and stupidity. They see it as backwards and barbaric, they say it is not rational for any man to believe. But the Gospel is not according to the world’s wisdom, for God’s ways are not man’s ways. For all human pride and arrogance are destroyed by the message that they are fallen sinners, dead and unable to save themselves from the wrath they so justly deserve. For in Christ all the wisdom of God is made manifest.
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.