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Sermon #2025

Jesus; the Cornerstone

A Sermon on Acts 4:11

Scripture

Acts 4:11 ESV NASB KJV
This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. (ESV)

Sermon Description

God’s way of salvation is wholly opposed to humanistic and human-centered philosophy. The ancient Jews and Greeks rejected the gospel as it was taught by the apostles, and modern humanity rejects the gospel as it is proclaimed by the church. In this sermon titled “Jesus, the Cornerstone,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches how this is the devastating condition of the world. All unbelievers laugh and scoff at the ideas of the new birth, the resurrection, and the cross as a way of salvation. But as Acts 4:11 shows, the wisdom of God triumphs in the midst of the so-called wisdom of the world. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the new city that is being made. This new city is one that is made up of all who trust and believe in the work of Christ on the cross. This is in opposition to the city of humanity built upon the foundations of sinful and fallen human reason that is wholly corrupted by sinful nature. Christians have nothing to fear from the enemies of God and can rest in the truth of who Christ is and what he has done. The Christian can be assured that Christ will return to judge the living and the dead, and he will establish a new heaven and a new earth. Christ is victorious over all those who oppose His gospel.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon examines Acts 4:11 which says "This is the stone which was set at naught of you builders, which is become the head of the corner."

  2. The sermon looks at the folly and futility of unbelief as depicted in this verse. Unbelief is sheer madness and the most futile thing.

  3. Unbelievers completely overestimate themselves. They think they can solve problems with their intellect and reason but they are hopeless judges of themselves. This is the sin of pride of intellect.

  4. Unbelievers are also hopeless judges of "stones" - they reject the cornerstone (Jesus Christ) that can bear the weight of problems. They reject his teaching, miracles, and sacrifice.

  5. Unbelievers are exposed by common people who believe - like in Acts 4:4 where many believed and the number became 5000. The "wise" of the world are made foolish.

  6. Unbelief produces nothing but talk. The test of a builder is the building produced. Civilization and man's remedies have produced no real solutions.

  7. Unbelief fights against God's plan and purpose. God has revealed the cornerstone (Jesus) but unbelievers reject it. They need God's city, not their own.

  8. Unbelief will face inevitable destruction. Unbelievers are like Canute fighting the ocean or Pharaoh fighting God. They will be defeated. Jesus rose showing God's power.

  9. God's kingdom cannot fail. Jesus will reign and every knee will bow. Unbelievers will face judgment.

  10. Unbelief provides no real solutions or peace. Unbelievers have built on sand and need to repent before it's too late.

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.