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Sermon #2015

Praising God

A Sermon on Acts 2:46-47


Acts 2:46-47 ESV KJV
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (ESV)

Sermon Description

In this Easter day sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims the centrality of praise in the Christian life. He says that praise is one of the marks of a true Christian who has been transformed by the Holy Spirit. While even the demons believe that God exists, only Christians who know God as Savior and Lord can praise Him in truth and joy. This desire to praise God flows from the great salvation that He has granted in His Son, Christ Jesus. It is by grace and grace alone that Christians have been regenerated and adopted into God’s family as children and heirs with Christ. It is the great and glorious truth for which God is praised. He is to be praised for His grace and mercy that He has granted. The apostolic church in Acts 2:46-47 lived out this great truth in the ministries and lives of its people. The preaching of the apostles on the day of Pentecost was driven by their desire to see the Lord and Savior praised by all. The church of today and of all times must behold the greatness of God and His Son, and they must praise Him for all His great works of mercy. Only by seeking the glory of God in truth can the church of today be a bold witness of Christ and His gospel.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Dr. Lloyd-Jones begins by discussing the importance of understanding what exactly the Christian church is and what Christianity means. He says this is the most urgent question confronting the world today.

  2. Dr. Lloyd-Jones then provides an overview of the state of the world, describing it as a world of trouble, confusion, and unhappiness. He says that despite mankind's achievements and efforts, problems seem to be increasing rather than decreasing.

  3. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says the only hope for the world is that a power greater than ourselves, God, is concerned about the world. He says the church's message is that God loves the world and sent his Son to offer salvation.

  4. Dr. Lloyd-Jones then begins discussing the early church based on Acts 2, focusing on verses 46-47 which describe the early Christians as "praising God." He says this is the ultimate test of the Christian faith.

  5. Dr. Lloyd-Jones provides several reasons why the early Christians were praising God:

  6. They found themselves changed in a wonderful way they never knew before. They went from darkness to light.

  7. They realized this change was solely due to the grace and mercy of God, not anything they did themselves. This is the crucial test of real Christianity.

  8. They were amazed at the way God provided salvation through Jesus. They heard of his birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension.

  9. They understood God's plan of redemption and their part in it. They knew the church would grow and Jesus would return.

  10. As they understood what God had done, they began to see God's glorious character. They saw his wisdom, power, love, grace, and mercy.

  11. Dr. Lloyd-Jones concludes by asking if we are praising God. He says if we are not, it is because we are blind and ignorant of who God is and what he has done. But once we realize our ignorance and turn to God, he will pour out his love, forgiveness, and life on us.

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.