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Sermon #5731

Witness in The Power of The Spirit

A Sermon on Acts 5:32


Acts 5:32 ESV KJV
And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” (ESV)

Sermon Description

How is one to face the problem of evangelism? Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he preached this sermon on Acts 5:32 titled “Witness in the Power of the Spirit,” onboard the OM ship Doulos on September 18, 1978. The church is fighting for life amidst pagan countries. Be certain of the authority of God and not humanity, and replace the fear of humanity with the fear of God. Learn of the two elements that are absolutely necessary for witness. One can be perfectly orthodox and yet still dead. There is great danger in taking the Spirit without the Bible and apostolic witness. Hear of the baptism of the Spirit and the transformation of Peter. To what does the Spirit bear witness? Is it to Himself, humanity, gifts, or something else? He was sent for one great purpose. Learn of one test to know whether a person has been filled with Spirit: do they point to Christ? There is great danger in living off other people’s experiences. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses the true understanding of a revival. This is not something that can be announced and planned for: it is the falling of the Holy Spirit upon people in great power.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. We must be absolutely certain of our authority. We ought to obey God rather than men.
  2. We must go not in our own strength, but in the strength of the Lord and in the power of his might.
  3. Fear him, ye saints, said John Bunyan, and you will have nothing else to fear. If we work in the fear of the Lord, we shall soon lose the fear of men.
  4. The Holy Spirit does not bear witness to himself. The Holy Spirit does not call attention to himself, nor to his works, nor to his own power.
  5. The Holy Spirit came in the form of a dove. I believe that was very deliberate to suggest the shyness, the fact that he doesn't demonstrate himself, as it were, a delicacy, a shyness.
  6. And the Holy Spirit has been specifically sent for one great purpose. What's that? To testify to the Lord Jesus Christ. To glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, not himself, nor anything that he does.
  7. He says, it's Christ, this son of God whom you rejected, who's done this, it's always the same.
  8. And Peter filled with the spirit, invariably, and I can take you on and give you other examples. He always does precisely the same thing.
  9. The theme of the great revivals of history has always been the person of Christ's atoning death and his glorious resurrection.
  10. My dear friends, we must keep the scriptural balance and realize that always the spirit glorifies and bears witness not to himself, but to the Lord Jesus Christ, his person and his work.
  11. I am emphasizing this phenomenal aspect, this something that happens outside us.
  12. You know, there's a great illustration of this in the chapter four of this book of the Acts of the Apostles. When Peter and John had been set free by the Sanhedrin, we are told that being let go, they went back to their own company and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said unto them.
  13. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken. Where they were assembled together, the place was shaken. Now, that's not witness through people, is it? It was the building that was shaken.
  14. And who shook the building? The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was bearing his witness by shaking the building, not through the apostles, but through the material building.
  15. I know the clever critics would have us believe that what really happened there was this, that these people praying were so frightened that they began to shake in. No, no, it was the building that shook. The Holy Spirit can shake buildings, he can shake nations. He can shake any power.

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.