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Sermon #1080

What Baptism did You Receive?

A Sermon on John 1:26-33

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John 1:26-33 ESV NASB KJV
John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ (ESV)

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What does it mean to be a Christian and receive the fullness of Christ? Is there a difference between Christianity and religion? Listen in the sermon “What Baptism Did You Receive?” as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones walks through the stages of the Christian life and answers these pressing questions. Christ is the essential element to a new life and He alone characterizes the difference between having life and having life abundantly: “God deals with you not on the basis of your ancestors.” One cannot rely on those who’ve gone before. There is a thirst, hunger, and longing that is an essential pre-requisite to acquiring such life. Dr. Lloyd-Jones follows the life of Apollos who was instructed not just by way of books so as to imitate the religion of the Jews, but in the way of the Lord and salvation and being zealous in the Spirit. Christianity is not merely something that one must do or even know. It is a revival of the heart, one that requires honesty, instruction, and humility. To be mighty in knowledge is to be mighty in the knowledge of the Scriptures, growing in accuracy and in affection. These truths are rekindled in proclamation of Scripture from John 1:26–33.

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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.