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Sermon #2003

The Great Fact of Prophecy

A Sermon on Acts 2:14-36

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Acts 2:14-36 ESV NASB KJV
But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour …

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Sermon Description

Is Christianity merely some psychological construct that aids those who are emotionally damaged? Is its sole purpose built entirely around experience? Dr. Lloyd-Jones answers these questions with a resounding refutation. In this exposition of Acts 2:14–36, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains salvation is not based on individual experience, but on Jesus Christ and belief in His finished work. This is nothing new as the Scriptures proclaim this truth from the beginning and most boldly at Pentecost. Prophesy is not philosophical ramblings that have the potential of truth; it is the truth of the Living God. This living God cannot be defeated, and nothing has been able to stand in His way, as He proved when He rose from the dead on the third day after His execution. Dr. Lloyd-Jones asserts that it matters not whether an individual has great knowledge, or status, or power; it matters instead that God sent His Son as the savior of humanity.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon is based on Acts 2:14-36 which records Peter's sermon on the day of Pentecost.
  2. Pentecost was a turning point in history and vital to understanding Christianity.
  3. There is confusion about what Christianity and the church are. We must go back to the origin and beginning to understand.
  4. This sermon is the first sermon preached by the Christian church. It shows the nature and character of the church and message.
  5. Most people today are not interested in the Christian message. Over 90% of the population is uninterested.
  6. We live in a world we don't understand. Scientific discoveries have shown how little we understand. Life and death are mysteries.
  7. It is astonishing people ignore the Bible which provides some explanation and understanding.
  8. Many dismiss Christianity in terms of psychology. They say religious experiences are projections and objectifications of human fears and feelings.
  9. Christian experiences alone are not the basis of faith. They can be explained by psychology. The Christian message is based on facts and prophecy.
  10. Peter's sermon gives the facts about Jesus and explains prophecy to show Jesus is the explanation for the events of Pentecost.
  11. Prophecy is a fact. The prophecies of Jesus were written centuries before He came. Their fulfillment shows God's revelation.
  12. Prophecy can't be explained naturally. It was given by the Holy Spirit through human instruments. No prophecy is of private interpretation.
  13. The sermon reminds us of the living God, His plan of salvation, and His triumph over enemies. Nothing can stop His plan.
  14. The facts of Jesus—His birth, life, death, resurrection—are what matter, not our experiences or psychology. We must consider who He is and why He came.
  15. God's plan in Jesus is inexorable. All will face Jesus as King and Lord. We must ask who He is and why He came to understand life and death.

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.