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Sermon #5618

His Workmanship Alone

A Sermon on Colossians 1:12


Colossians 1:12 ESV
giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. (ESV)

Sermon Description

In this sermon on Colossians 1:12 titled “His Workmanship Alone,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the necessity of praise in the life of all Christians. There is no other response they could give after receiving this great salvation that made them a Christian. In His grace, God brings His people out of the world and its sinful ways and offers forgiveness and adoption through His Son. One must never think that they can be saved by their own works or merits, for all are in sin and saved only by grace. Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds the listener that no one can contribute anything to their salvation. This is why Christians are to worship out of a heart of thankfulness and praise. The greatest tragedy is that there are those who do not praise God because they do not know Him. This sermon calls all to forsake themselves, trust in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and rest in His mercy. There is no other way of salvation but through Jesus Christ.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The first point is that the Christian's characteristic note is always a sense of thankfulness and gratitude to God.
  2. The second point is that we should give thanks unto the Father because our salvation is altogether and entirely of the grace of God. It is the free gift of God.
  3. The third point is that we should give thanks unto the Father because of what he has done to enable us to enjoy this great salvation.
  4. The fourth point is that we should give thanks unto the Father because of the glorious character of the salvation.

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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.