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Sermon #5475

Written that Ye Might Believe

A Sermon on John 20:30-31


John 20:30-31 ESV KJV
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (ESV)

Sermon Description

When Christ saves a person, will all of their troubles end? In this sermon on John 20:30–31 titled “Written that Ye May Believe,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers this question through the eyes and experience of first-century believers. Who was the book of John written to? Many believe that John’s Gospel was written for evangelistic purposes and while it is, the purpose to believe in Jesus was also directed to Christians. The Christian life, while filled with eternal purpose and joy, does not end one’s troubles on earth; in fact it will increase them. To face these new difficulties, Christians must believe in the truth about Jesus with firm purpose and unwavering resolve. The first-century believers endured ongoing persecution, suffered great personal loss, and faced mounting attacks of false doctrine. These believers, and all believers of all times, needed their resolve fastened to sound biblical doctrine of the person and work of Jesus. Therefore, while acknowledging the clear purpose of John’s Gospel, Dr. Lloyd-Jones calls Christians to believe in the vital doctrines concerning Jesus and to live in accordance with them. If they do, while their troubles may increase, they find resolve and strength to live for the glory of God.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon transcript focuses on John 20:30-31 and John 1:12 which emphasize believing in Jesus as the Christ and Son of God in order to have eternal life.
  2. The sermon was written to encourage and strengthen early Christians who were facing persecution, false teachings about Jesus, disappointment that Jesus had not yet returned, and a lack of assurance in their faith.
  3. Dr. Lloyd-Jones argues that Christians today have the same needs as the early Christians. Many Christians today lack knowledge about core Christian doctrines, need comfort and encouragement, and lack a vibrant Christian life and witness.
  4. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that the solution to these needs is not comfort, exhortation, or appeals but instruction in Christian doctrine and the person of Jesus Christ. Knowledge of Christ leads to life and experience.
  5. Dr. Lloyd-Jones focuses on who Jesus is according to John 1:1-14 to show why doctrine and theology matter. Jesus is eternal God, the Word of God, the Creator, the source of spiritual life, and the Light of the world. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us as a man.
  6. Dr. Lloyd-Jones argues that truly believing in who Jesus is should lead to a life of wonder, praise, and testimony. Lack of these shows a lack of true belief and knowledge.
  7. Dr. Lloyd-Jones's main point is that Christians need to turn from themselves and their problems to focus on Jesus Christ through understanding Christian doctrine. This will lead to comfort, help, and a vibrant Christian life.

The Book of John

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.