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Sermon #2059

God's Way of Salvation

A Sermon on Acts 6:2-7


Acts 6:2-7 ESV KJV
And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we …

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Sermon Description

How does one respond to the gospel? What should the attitude be toward Jesus Christ? In this sermon on Acts 5:41-42 titled “God’s Way of Salvation,” Dr. Lloyd-Jones directs attention to hearts and attitudes toward Christ. Is the view of Jesus like that of the Sanhedrin or the apostles? While the Sanhedrin believed in the existence of God, they rejected Jesus the Son and His atoning work on the cross. The apostles, on the other hand, had a different response — they believed in Jesus the Messiah. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones describes how Christians should live in light of the gospel. Christians should rejoice and glorify Christ, ready to suffer in His name. His name is worthy of suffering and sacrifice because, as Christians, Christ is all.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The passage under consideration is Acts 5:41-42 which describes the apostles rejoicing after being persecuted and beaten for preaching about Jesus.
  2. Christianity is an exclusive and intolerant teaching because Jesus said he is the only way to God. Many people think all religions lead to God but that is unbiblical.
  3. What makes someone a Christian is their relationship to and belief in Jesus Christ, not just a belief in God or being religious and moral. The Sanhedrin believed in God but rejected Jesus.
  4. Christians rejoice in and glory in Jesus Christ. They are proud to suffer for his name and spread his message.
  5. The difference between Christians and non-Christians is essential and absolute. Christians have a new nature and outlook.
  6. Jesus is the Son of God, creator of the universe, and savior. That is why Christians rejoice in him.
  7. Jesus died to save us from our sins and reconcile us to God. Christians rejoice in what Jesus has done for them.
  8. Jesus has made Christians children of God and heirs of eternal life. This is an incredible gift.
  9. Jesus gives Christians a new view of life in this world. He delivers them from worldliness and helps them resist temptation.
  10. Jesus makes a difference in death. Christians can face death with hope because Jesus overcame death.
  11. Jesus will make a difference for eternity. Christians will reign with him forever.
  12. The sermon calls listeners to examine if they have a relationship with Jesus like the apostles did. If not, they are called to believe in him.

The Book of Acts

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.