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Sermon #5566

The Gospel; Good News

A Sermon on Galatians 1:8


Galatians 1:8 ESV KJV
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. (ESV)

Sermon Description

If a Christian does not find the gospel thrilling, they find themselves in the same position as the Galatian church when the apostle Paul wrote to them. In this sermon on Galatians 1:8, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that the gospel is most simply this: the Good News. The gospel is the most simple, most clear, and most thrilling message that has ever existed and we must be careful to speak of and think of the gospel in this way. Dr. Lloyd-Jones tells us that the whole trouble of the current generation, and every generation, for that matter, is that it does not concern themselves with learning the gospel well and being gripped by its thrilling message. God sent his own Son to die in our place and there is no other Good News. When this message is truly contemplated, the Christian will burst with praise and thanks.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon text is Galatians 1:8 which states "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."

  2. The sermon focuses on explaining what the true gospel is according to the Apostle Paul.

  3. The gospel is first and foremost good news - it is a thrilling and exciting message. If it does not elicit feelings of wonder and praise, it is not the true gospel.

  4. The gospel is not a vague or indefinite message. It can be clearly defined and articulated. It is not based on feelings or experiences alone.

  5. The gospel is exclusive - it is the only gospel. It is not one of many ways to God or one philosophy amongst many. It stands alone.

  6. The gospel was not created or taught by men. Paul received it directly through revelation from Jesus Christ.

  7. The gospel centers on Jesus Christ - who he is and what he has done. He is the Son of God who died, was buried, and was raised from the dead.

  8. The gospel is about how God sent his Son into the world to save sinners. Jesus came to die in our place and deliver us from this present evil age.

  9. The gospel demands a response - we must believe in Jesus Christ and accept what he has done to be saved. We must know him personally.

  10. If anyone preaches another gospel, let him be accursed. There is no other gospel that can save. Only faith in Christ alone.

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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.