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Sermon #5522

The Testimony of Christ

A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:4-9


1 Corinthians 1:4-9 ESV KJV
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—so that you are not …

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Sermon Description

Many people claim to be Christians but they are truly Christ-less. A Christian is one who has received and believed in Christ, one who has fellowship with Him, and one who is waiting for His return. Christ came to bear witness to the truth. In this sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:4–9 titled “The Testimony of Christ,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the testimony of Christ and the importance of foundational principles. What did Christ have to testify about? The question of the person of Christ is crucial – two natures in one flesh, God’s own son. No one is their own, and they have no right to do what they want with themselves. They have been rescued by Christ. If anyone has the Son of God, then they have eternal life. This gospel is not simply a theory or personal opinion; it is the testimony of God Himself. It is a tragedy to deny these things. This sermon teaches what Christ says about God and humanity, and the only way of being right before God.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon begins by emphasizing the importance of understanding foundational principles in order to live a successful Christian life. The writer uses the example of geometry to illustrate this.
  2. The sermon then transitions to discussing the foundational principles of Christianity, specifically how God has provided salvation through Jesus Christ.
  3. The sermon outlines three definitions of a Christian in terms of their relationship to Jesus Christ:
  4. A Christian is someone who has believed and received the testimony of Christ. This includes Christ's testimony about God, the law, and himself.
  5. A Christian is someone who has been called into fellowship with Christ.
  6. A Christian is someone waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  7. The sermon explores the meaning of "the testimony of Christ." This could refer to either Christ's own testimony or the apostles' testimony about Christ. Either way, it refers to the revelation of who Christ is.
  8. The sermon emphasizes that Christianity is centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ. One cannot be a Christian without believing in Christ as the Son of God and savior.
  9. The sermon highlights several passages of Scripture that point to Christ as the only way of salvation, including John 14:6, Acts 4:12, and 1 John 5:11-12.
  10. The sermon discusses justification as coming through faith in Christ alone, according to passages like Romans 3:24-25 and Ephesians 1:7.
  11. The sermon proclaims that Christ is everything to the Christian. A Christian finds life, love, joy, and satisfaction in Christ alone.
  12. The sermon concludes by re-emphasizing the importance of believing the testimony of Christ in order to live as a Christian. One must start with who Christ is before applying Christianity to various issues.

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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.