The Unchanging Task of The Church
Sermon: Jesus Christ is the Same Yesterday and Today and Forever
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In this sermon on "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" from Hebrews 13:8 titled “The Unchanging Task of the Church,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones encourages listeners that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In this address, Dr. Lloyd-Jones provides an overview of some of the issues the world has faced in the past century. He says he is deeply thankful to be preaching in the 20th century, in which the world is confused and scared, the human soul is searching for a solution, and the church is less characterized by empty religion. Throughout history, and most recently in the last two centuries, humans have become increasingly convinced of their own strength and have delusions of answers to the universe’s problems, whether it be scientific, philosophical, or psychological. He says that these human solutions are all wrong. Rather, the Christian is to look to Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Looking to the unchanging God provides consolation that no worldly solution can offer. Jesus of Nazareth came into this world as the Son of God in order to rescue sinners from their well-deserved eternal damnation. He died, and was raised again, giving eternal security if one chooses to have faith in Him.
- Dr. Lloyd-Jones begins by acknowledging the poor audio quality of the recording and apologizing for any issues it may cause.
- He expresses gratitude for being asked to preach at the inauguration of the London Theological Seminary.
- He acknowledges the report given by Reverend Andrew Davis on behalf of the faculty and the remarks of the chairman, Mr. Mengard. He thanks God for his blessing on the seminary.
- He introduces Hebrews 13:8 as the focus of his sermon: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever." He notes that verse 7 provides context.
- He explains that the epistle to the Hebrews was written to discouraged Christians facing persecution and difficult circumstances. The author aims to encourage them.
- He says we today face similar circumstances, especially those entering the ministry. Though the conditions seem hopeless, there are grounds for encouragement.
- He says he will focus on the past 100 years to provide historical context, though the church spans 19 centuries. 100 years ago, the church seemed prosperous but faced threats.
- On the surface, 100 years ago the church was popular and churches were full. Religion was customary and respectable. But people lived on past revivals and lacked living faith.
- Beneath the surface, forces threatened the church: science, philosophy, psychology, and biblical criticism. Leaders thought there was no God, supernatural, or infallible Bible.
- Today seems hopeless but is better to preach in. The world provides an introduction to the gospel. Science and philosophy have limits. Scholarship supports the Bible. Criticism has reversed.
- The world is uncertain and fearful. False optimism is gone. People want experience and believe anything offering hope. The task is the same: address mankind's sin and futility of man-made solutions.
- Christ is unchanging. His person, work as savior, and word are the same. He is the only savior, needs no supplement, and provides eternal redemption. His resurrection proves his work is finished.
- Believers can come boldly before God's throne of grace through Christ's sacrifice and intercession. Christ sympathizes with our weaknesses, having been tempted like us yet without sin.
- Christ reigns in power and glory but still lays his hand on us. All enemies will be under his feet. He is coming again to judge the world and share his glory with believers.
- It is a privilege to preach the unchanging Christ as the only certainty in a changing world. He transforms life and gives hope of a new creation.
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.