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What Mean These Stones?

Itinerant Preaching

A Sermon on Joshua 4:21

And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ (ESV)

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Do you ever feel hopeless? In our guilt and shame, where is salvation found? The history of the church is a story which reminds us that no one is without hope, because salvation is the work of God. In this message on Acts 24:1-27, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines the testimony of stones. After four hundred years of enslavement, Israel was being led out of Egypt. The Egyptians believed they were going to conquer Israel, but God was going to conquer the Egyptians. Stones would be set a reminder for generations to come that it is God who saves. God saves through judgement and deliverance. Dr. Lloyd-Jones continues through the biblical narrative and two-thousand years of church history, demonstrating that the Christian’s story is a story of God’s action, not ours; a story of God’s power, not ours. Our greatest danger, therefore, is to forget our history and turn Christianity into a mere philosophy of teaching. On the contrary, God acts through history and His actions we proclaim and remember. Nobody is hopeless because God is mighty. He can regenerate the hardest heart. He will save and deliver. As these stones were meant to teach us, listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains the meaning of these stones to our generation today.

Additional Scripture Translations

Joshua 4:21, New American Standard Bible

21And he said to the sons of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’

Joshua 4:21, King James Version

21And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?

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.