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Sermon #5803

Southern Cross Mission Diamond Jubilee Service - June 6th 1967

A Sermon on Hebrews 2:1-4


Hebrews 2:1-4 ESV KJV
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It …

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Sermon Description

Why do we praise God? Why do we worship him and gather together so often? In Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ sermon on Hebrews 2:1-4, he explains why we worship God in such a way. To answer such questions, Dr. Lloyd-Jones first explains what Christianity is. Many people think that Christianity is simply an activist movement for World Peace and philanthropy; however, that simply is not the case. Dr. Lloyd-Jones states that although good deeds are often associated with Christianity, the purpose of the Christianity is to spread the gospel of salvation. It is the mission of the Christian to spread God’s great salvation to the ends of the earth. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones states that the reason the masses have not been converted is because we have failed to show them the greatest thing in the world, the gospel of salvation. But many ask the question, how will we get people to listen and value this Gospel as it truly should be? The only way to do this, is to show them their need for salvation. If an unbeliever has no need for salvation, then why should he care for it. To present the gospel of salvation in all its due glory and power, the unbeliever must be made aware of his sin. It is necessary to tell the unbeliever that he is sinful and deserves eternal banishment from the presence of God. Only once this is made clear can the gospel of salvation be presented. Only then will the unbeliever see the true love of God for sending his one and only son to die on our behalf. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones states, “ The gospels true greatness can be seen only when we realize that the omnipotent God became a simple human for our sakes.”

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The author expresses his privilege at being asked to speak and notes that he always receives more than he gives at such occasions.
  2. He is happy to be speaking under the chairmanship of Mr. Henman again.
  3. He aims to provide a close to what has been happening and an introduction to what will happen in the future.
  4. The passage for the sermon is Hebrews 2:1-4 which exhorts us to give earnest heed to the Gospel.
  5. The Gospel is great in its authorship - it comes from the Trinity.
  6. The Gospel saves us from a great calamity - the punishment for sin.
  7. The Gospel saves us for great blessings - forgiveness, reconciliation, adoption, help in temptation, comfort in death, and an eternal inheritance.
  8. The drama of the Gospel is seen in how Jesus left heaven, became a man, died, rose, and ascended - this is a great salvation.
  9. We should not be ashamed of this great salvation but glory in it.
  10. We should be a daily witness to this great salvation.
  11. We should thank God for this great salvation.

Itinerant Preaching

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.