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From the MLJ Archive with Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

 

The Called of Jesus Christ

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Romans 1:6-7 - Why does God love us? Many believe he loves those who do good. This belief stems from the idea that one must first change, and then God will love him. Is his loved based on our ability to change? In this sermon, Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that God’s love is not contingent on us changing, but just the opposite. Our change is based on God’s love. Christians are not those who are earning love from God, but rather Christians are described as those who already are loved by God. Listen as the Dr. explains that God loves us in the same way he loves the Son. This love is based purely on his grace. And it’s a love which has the power to change. Because of his love, we are called the beloved; we are called saints. Our motivation to change is no longer based upon our hope that God might accept us. Our motivation to change now comes from the call: “Be who you are.” If we are indeed the beloved of God, let us display that. If we are indeed saints, let us show that we are saints. We are who we are by grace. Distinct from the world, that we may glorify God.

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Saviour of the World - Sunday, March 10, 2019

Romans 1:3-5 - Committal and submission; Christmas Evans and Sandemanism; a gospel for all nations; for the sake of the name of Christ; glorifying Christ by word; life and witness.

Jesus Christ; Our Lord - Sunday, March 3, 2019

Romans 1:3-5 - Christians are forgiven of sin so that we may follow our Savior. Some today reject this notion that one must submit to Jesus as Lord. They argue salvation is by grace, therefore obedience is not necessary. While salvation is completely by grace through faith, we must not separate our Christian faith from obedience to Jesus. Can one accept Jesus as Savior and not as Lord? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers that question with a resounding no. The earliest Christians were persecuted over this word, “Lord.” For them, Jesus was not only Savior, he was also Lord. The very nature of believing the Gospel becomes an issue of submission. We are commanded to believe, thus we obey the Gospel. Lloyd-Jones shows that the only way one can accept Jesus is in this full sense: as both Savior and Lord. Faith is obedience to the Word of God. If we reject the Word of God, we reject God, making him a liar. Receiving the Gospel is, therefore, to obey him and receive Jesus as Lord. The entire Christian faith depends on the recognition of this. This is what makes one a Christian. This is the work of God, that you believe on him who he has sent. Jesus Christ, my Lord.

Declared to Be the Son of God - Sunday, February 24, 2019

Romans 1:3-4 - Is Jesus really God? Some say he became divine at his baptism. Others suggest he became the Son of God at his resurrection. The deity of Jesus Christ has always been challenged, not by those who are saved, but by those who want to remain in their sin. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues that Jesus is and always was the unique Son of God from the beginning. In order to do the will of God the Father, his power and glory were hidden yet He never became less than God. As the Apostle Paul proclaims in Romans 1:3-4, the resurrection of Jesus proves that He is God! Like a son of the king ceremonially announced as heir of the kingdom, Jesus is declared to be the sovereign over all creation and conquerer of death. Listen as the Doctor explains that the resurrection of Jesus Christ announces His incarnate deity. Raised in power and glory, Jesus is formally appointed as the Christ, the Lord of all creation. “Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see; Hail, the incarnated Deity!” Come and see Christ our Lord.

Concerning His Son - Sunday, February 17, 2019

Romans 1:3-4 - The New Testament claims that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God. But the unbelieving world continues to challenge this fact. What’s more recent, however, is the false religion that rejects this doctrine yet can still be considered a “Christian.” Is the person of Christ necessary for Christianity? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues that without a Biblical view of Christ, there is no Christianity and no salvation. Islam can exist without Muhammad. Buddhism can exist without Buddha. But Christianity cannot exist without Christ. Our faith is built upon the identity, person and work of Jesus Christ. The God who made and sustains the world, fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy! Listen in as the Dr. explains the necessity of the incarnation and belief in this central doctrine. Christless christianity is not christianity at all, it is damning hypocrisy. Rejecting Jesus as Messiah places one outside of the Christian faith. Rejecting the divinity of Jesus disregards the whole of his work. And rejecting the full humanity of Jesus imagines a savior who cannot save. Christianity is more than a list of rules, a way of life or a set of principles. Christianity is about Christ.

The Holy Scriptures - Sunday, February 10, 2019

Romans 1:2 - Do you struggle with waiting on God’s timing? Why does God seem to take so long to fulfill His promises? Considering all of the suffering in the world, why doesn’t God bring ultimate fulfillment now? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones presses us toward the Old Testament where we have to wait on our Lord. Many years had passed from the time that God promised a Messiah to the fulfillment of that promise. Listen as the Doctor examines Romans 1:2 and asks the question: why does Paul reference the Old Testament at all? Is the Old Testament disconnected from the New Testament? No! The Old Testament is part of the authoritative Word of God which shapes our very understanding of the Gospel. The writer of Romans wants us to understand the promise given so long ago is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. While God seems to have been silent for so many years, His purposes were being achieved. Humanity has proven that they cannot save themselves and desperately need a Savior. The sacrifice for sin has come in Christ and the Messiah must die and rise again. While God’s timing may be a mystery, we can trust him. His promises are fulfilled in Christ.

Promised by His Prophets - Sunday, February 3, 2019

Romans 1:2 - Paul's method of reasoning from the Old Testament; the promises; prophesies and types; forth-telling and fore-telling; revelation and inspiration according to Peter; holy writings; the Word of God.

The Gospel of God - Sunday, January 27, 2019

Romans 1:1 - The significance of the word 'gospel'; the greatest good news we have heard; the gospel of God in three persons; the primacy of the Father; the limitations of apologetics.

Paul; an Apostle of Jesus Christ - Sunday, January 20, 2019

Romans 1:1 - Just who was the Apostle Paul? What right did he have to speak for God? While many question the credibility and authority of God's chosen author of Romans, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows Paul as a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, and be separated unto the gospel of God. In order to be categorized as an apostle, one had to have been explicitly called and empowered by the Lord Jesus Christ himself. Paul received this calling while travelling on the Damascus Road. As an apostle, he had the knowledge, truth, and authority as all of Christ’s twelve disciples. Paul was explicitly called to share this knowledge and truth of the gospel with the Gentiles. Seeing now the impact of Paul’s ministry, we wonder why God did not convert Paul at an earlier time. Lloyd-Jones emphasizes that the timing of God is one of the most fascinating things we see in Scripture. In time, the true fullness of God will come and it will come as God has planned. In the same manner, God knew you before the foundation of this world was formed, and his fullness will be revealed in you in His timing.

Paul; a Servant of Jesus Christ - Sunday, January 13, 2019

Romans 1:1 - Salvation cannot be divided, it is an all or nothing equation. No one can receive the gift of salvation without submitting their life to Christ any more than they can both skydive from an airplane and resist the laws of gravity. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones powerfully shows how the Apostle Paul submitted to the Lordship of Christ and was redeemed by our Master's love. Anyone claiming to be saved, yet rejects Jesus' authority over their life has no basis for assurance of salvation. Our assurance is built on God keeping His promise to fully and forever forgive our sin. Paul's confidence in ministry flowed from this transforming truth explained by The Doctor.

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