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Sermon #2082

The God of Miracles

A Sermon on Miracles from Acts 7:30-33


Acts 7:30-33 ESV KJV
“Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and as he drew near to look, there came the voice of the Lord: ‘I …

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Sermon Description

What is the purpose of miracles? Can they happen today? In this sermon on miracles from Acts 7:30–33 titled “The God of Miracles,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains the power of God to supernaturally work through miracles and providence. He cannot be comprehended by finite creatures apart from the Holy Spirit’s illumination. Modern humanity rejects God, refusing to submit to the One who stands above and beyond all humanity and who reserves the right to do with them and all of creation as He pleases. Humanity wants a god they can understand and grasp, not one who is the ultimate authority, directing and ordaining all things. Sinful people do not want to believe in angels, demons, or miracles because their hunger for imperial evidence views them as non-scientific or irrational. However, these reasons for denial are only excuses to avoid accountability to God’s holy standard. With the message of the gospel comes the strong warning of condemnation that will fall on all who reject God. On that final day all will bow their knees before the throne of God and there will no longer be any objection to God’s law and reign. They will no longer sneer at the word of God and its miracles. All who reject the gospel of God and His only Son will perish without any hope. Only by believing in the gospel can any rebellious sinner be saved.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon begins by introducing the passage from Acts 7:30-33 which describes Moses' encounter with God at the burning bush.
  2. Dr. Lloyd-Jones then provides context for the passage, explaining that Stephen was on trial before the Sanhedrin for preaching about Jesus. In his defense, Stephen recounts Jewish history to show how the Jewish leaders have always rejected God's messengers.
  3. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says the passage shows the nature of God's salvation - it is a message of deliverance. But the world rejects this message, as do many in the church.
  4. Dr. Lloyd-Jones then examines Moses' initial reaction to the burning bush. Moses was curious and wanted to investigate the strange sight. But this attitude is wrong. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says we cannot approach God with confidence in our own wisdom and understanding.
  5. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says the right way to react to God's supernatural intervention is with fear, awe, and reverence. We must recognize God's holiness and our own sinfulness. We must be silent and listen.
  6. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says no one can become a Christian without learning to tremble before God, see their own insignificance, and become utterly ashamed. We must become like the tax collector who could only cry out "God, have mercy on me, a sinner."
  7. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that when we are silent before God, He will reveal the message of deliverance - that He loves us, sent His Son to die for us, and wants to make us His children.
  8. Dr. Lloyd-Jones concludes by saying this message is miraculous and supernatural. Under its power, we can become new creatures.

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.