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Sermon #5654

The Christian View of History

A Sermon on Titus 2:11-14


Titus 2:11-14 ESV KJV
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, …

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Sermon Description

The Son of God appearing in human history is not simply an abstract truth. While the Christmas message objectively happened in the past, the good news does not simply tell facts in history. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues that the gospel asks Christians to look at themselves. The gospel forces them to ask who they should be. It challenges people to personally ask “What have I done with the good news?” In this sermon on Titus 2:11–14 titled “The Christian View of History,” Dr. Lloyd-Jones follows the apostle Paul in emphasizing how the gospel teaches how to live the Christian life. Living between the first advent and the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ radically alters one’s understanding of God, themselves, and this world. This results in changed living without the desire for worldly lusts, but instead with a longing for righteousness. A sober view of life takes over ungodly living as one remembers the present time and anticipates the future return of the Savior. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches how to put the gospel into practice in this present age, between the first coming and second coming of the Son of God.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The grace of God brings salvation and has appeared to all people.
  2. This grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.
  3. We should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world.
  4. We should look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of Jesus Christ.
  5. Jesus Christ gave himself to redeem us from all iniquity and purify us as his own people who are zealous for good works.
  6. We must look at Jesus Christ, who he is and why he came.
  7. We must consider Christ's two comings - his first coming and his second coming.
  8. The gospel calls us to look at ourselves and see our desperate position before God.
  9. Without Christ we are hopelessly lost and condemned under God's wrath.
  10. Christ's first coming shows us our sin and need for salvation. His second coming shows us the judgment for those without him.
  11. The gospel changes our view of ourselves, showing us our sin and need for Christ.
  12. The gospel changes our view of the world, showing us it is passing away and only meaningful in light of eternity.
  13. The gospel changes our view of the future, giving us a blessed hope in Christ's return.
  14. The gospel changes how we live, calling us to deny ungodliness and live righteously.
  15. We must leave sin and live for Christ out of gratitude for what he has done.

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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.