Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a Welsh Protestant minister, preacher and medical doctor who was influential in the Reformed wing of the British evangelical movement in the 20th century.
James 4:13-16 — What does the Bible say about the world’s problems? The world gives many diagnostics to explain its many ills. The rationalist says that man’s biggest problem is that he does not use his reason. Others say that man has yet to overcome his baser desires. But what does the Bible say? Why, according to God’s Word, do men kill one another and oppress each other? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks at James 4:1 to find answers to these questions. Here, we see that man’s problem is that he is greedy and loves himself. It is out of this self-love that he fights and kills his fellow man. But this is only symptomatic of the deeper problem of his fundamentally fallen nature. Man not only sins, but he is sinful. What is the answer to this great dilemma? How can sinful man overcome his hatred of God and the Word, and be saved? The answer is Jesus Christ. In spite of fallen humanity's hatred towards God, God sent His only Son to die in the place of sinners. Have you heard this Good News? Have you trusted in the Gospel? This sermon confronts us all with the biblical command to repent and believe upon the name of Jesus.
James 4:1 — Does Christianity work? Many claim that Christianity is outdated and has no message for the modern world,. They argue that if man would simply use his reason, then all the wars and conflicts would end, and there would be true peace. What is wrong with this solution to suffering? In this sermon on James 4:1, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims that only the message of Christianity can bring peace, because only the message of Christianity deals with man’s most fundamental problem: sin. Man cannot save himself through reason because he places reason as king, yet is totally irrational! The best secular thinkers are unable to use their reason to live rightly; how then can all of mankind use reason to fix the world? The message of Christianity is hopeful because it calls us to forsake our own reason and to trust in Christ. Jesus died, not because men are irrational, but because men are sinners! They are irrational because all humans are born in sin, and it is this sin that blinds us all. “What does this sermon have to do with me?” someone might ask. The answer is simple. This sermon offers the only message of hope, that Jesus has died for all who believe! God is gracious and forgiving to all who seek Him and repent of their sins.
Hebrews 13:11-12 — In this classic sermon by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, he exposits Hebrews 13:11-12 and the effect of the meaning of the cross. The world believes that the cross was not historical or possible. Yet, directing our attention the epistle and the Bible, Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that the Calvary was not an accident or tragedy – it was a decisive act of God and the means to save and bring His people back to His presence. The cross also fulfills all the Old Testament prophecies and promises.
Hebrews 12:28-29 — In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exposits Hebrews 12:28-29 and its surrounding verses to call the listeners to heed the call to repentance by Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, should not be refused. While the misconceptions and vain philosophies of this age will soon fade, Jesus’s Gospel and Kingdom is eternal, and they will be unshakeable throughout all ages. More importantly, all people will pass, along with this world, and they will have to give account to every thought and deed. The judgement of God will be inescapable, but those who believe in God’s way of salvation through God’s Son will join Him in His everlasting Kingdom. Since Jesus sits on the throne and rules His Kingdom forever, Christians will be in His Kingdom forever. We will be considered as heirs and firstborns in His family. In contrast, those who refuse the One who speaks, and trust in their own abilities, will be judged eternally. They will be cast away with the worldly kingdoms and its ruler, the devil. Which kingdom would you like to be? Should you believe in yourself or should you believe in Jesus the King of the unshakeable Kingdom? Listen, now, to this powerful and convicting message by Dr. Lloyd-Jones.
Hebrews 12:25-29 — In this sermon on Hebrews 12:25-29, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones starts by addressing a common objection of the Bible. Many contemporary men do not believe the Bible and its value, simply because it’s old. It is irrelevant to us because it is obsolete. However, Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches that the Bible is ever relevant, ever contemporary, and ever true because it is the everlasting God who speaks about His Son, Jesus Christ. Human history, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, tells us that man refuses to listen to God and His Word. In turn, we become confused and unstable as we seek to find stability, security, and certainty in the things that aren’t meant to be. Only in the realm of God, the Kingdom of God, can humans find a place of spiritual rest. How can one enter into this Kingdom? The Gospel. Have faith in Jesus Christ and trust that He has taken away your sins. Do you wish to find stability in this unstable world? Listen to this sermon by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he clearly teaches about the everlasting Kingdom of God and its implication for Christians of the 21st century.
Hebrews 12:18-24 — Why are Christians miserable? Where might the believer turn when cast down with guilt? In this sermon on Hebrews 12:18-24, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines this question pointing to testimony of Jesus’ blood. The Christians in the book of Hebrews were dejected and disappointed. They have come to this great salvation, yet have been met with suffering and loss. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that it was for this reason that this letter to the Hebrews was written. The writer knew that their fight was not merely against flesh and blood, but spiritual in nature. The devil uses these moments to attack God’s people. Satan is the accuser. He speaks against us. In our suffering, it seems God may be against us. Should we expect our sin-guilt to remain? To what does the Christian plead when attacked by Satan? As the devil accuses, how can I answer him? Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones lifts up the blood of Christ declaring that the throne of judgement has become a throne of grace. The saints in Hebrews overcame the devil through the testimony of the blood of Christ. The Christian today must point to the blood of Christ. It silences the devil. As a result, nothing is able to separate us from the love of God.
Hebrews 12:1-20 — Are we slaves to our circumstances? Do circumstances control us as cruel masters while we live under their power? Absolutely not. In this sermon on Hebrews 12:12, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks at the hope set before the early believers in the book of Hebrews. While their circumstances were miserable, their hope was unchanging. Those who have gone before us are witness to this reality: Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, we then run this race with patience. Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages the listener to look to Jesus amidst difficult times. In Jesus we see, first, the cross. He endured that which was set before Him for the joy of what was to come. In Jesus, we see the resurrection. If He is raised, we will be raised. In Jesus, we see the hope of heaven. He is preparing for us a place so shall be with Him forever. In Jesus, we see our hope, for He is the finisher of our salvation. Listen and let your hearts be glad. We are not a slave to our circumstances. Christ has overcome the world. Where He is, so shall we also be.
Hebrews 11:16 — How can we face, not only present difficult circumstances, but whatever future may come? When the world is filled with sorrow, and the future is filled with doubt, how should we live? In this sermon on Hebrews 11:16, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exhorts the believer to live with confidence. The early believers were in much trouble, yet they triumphed in this world, gloriously living and dying with faith. It wasn’t the power of their faith in and of itself, but rather the power of the One in whom faith rests. This great hope in uncertain days can only be applied to the believer, for only the believer can be accepted by God. He is not ashamed of all those who trust in Jesus. He is building a city for them which lasts. He has promised to dwell and walk with them. God has received them. The believer, then, leaves the city of destruction and runs to that other country, the city with foundations. Listen to this sermon as Dr. Lloyd-Jones challenges the listener to ask: “Is this true of me? Is God my God?” This is the only way to face the present, whatever future may come, knowing that God is not ashamed of you and is not ashamed of being called your God.
Hebrews 11:13 — Today, we are confronted with a choice. Will we go with the world or will we go with God? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines men of faith in Hebrews 11:13. He displays that each of them were, first, confronted with this choice, and second, believed God. The world is under the judgement of God. When this is realized, the Christian runs out of the City of Destruction as fast as he can. He sees the world for what it is. He sees himself for who he is. This man can no longer remain in this old life of sin. He leaves the world and goes with God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that this man runs out of the doomed world by faith, believing the promises of God. For the believer today, this means trusting God with complete assurance that Jesus Christ died on the cross for one’s sin, and that He was raised to give new life. The Christian now despises his former life of sin and wants nothing to do with it. He no longer lives for the wicked world, but lives for God. This is what it means to become a Christian – to be justified by faith.
Hebrews 11:8 — When the future is unknown, how should we live in the present? Anxiety about the future leads to time wasted, frantically attempting to discover the answer to “what will happen?” It leads to impatience. In this sermon on Hebrews 11:8, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exclaims that all of one’s thinking about the future will not affect the future. He examines the faith of Abraham who lived his life not knowing what would happen. He didn't care. He wasn't preoccupied with questions on the future. In contrast, Abraham went out only with the promises of God. The early Christians were depressed and discouraged. They had reason for worry. The writer of Hebrews gives them this great picture of faith to remind them: Abraham believed God. He was a man of great faith, and needed not worry about the future. What matters not is how one will spend the next few years of their life, but how one will spend eternity. Whatever may happen in the future will not affect God and His promises to us. If God is truly with us, we can face anything in this life. Listen and be concerned with nothing else but knowing and walking step by step with Him.
Hebrews 10:19-22 — Are you unhappy in your faith? Genuine Christians may lack joy in Christ as they lack certainty of their relationship with God. In Hebrews 10:19-22, the writer encourages the reader to have full assurance and draw near to Christ. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses the chief problem: our conscience condemns us. In one’s nature, man is unable to come before the throne of God in prayer because of sin. Dr. Lloyd-Jones highlights the Old Testament temple practices of entering the Holiest of Holies and the work of the priest. This was the old way, one which required blood and priests. It was a kind of communion with God few would enter. This practice, however, paved the way to a new and better way. Through the blood of Christ, the vilest of sinners can enter the holiest of all. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that Jesus washes and sanctifies the believer, clothing them in righteousness, and fitting them for the presence of God. As the High Priest, Jesus has gone before them and has prepared a way for believers to commune with God. Therefore, let us draw near to God with a true heart having full assurance of faith. Listen and experience the joy of the Christian life.
Hebrews 8:5 — Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he proclaims from Hebrews 8:5 the great commission that was given to Moses, and ultimately to all preachers of the Gospel. Where did Moses' authority and message come from? Look at how God commissioned Moses with a detailed plan; He has done the same for us. The quest for truth cannot start with modern man; Christianity must have a different starting point. You are invited to come back to the revelation of God Himself. Moses has no authority apart from God, and neither do we! Take a closer look at God’s pattern and plan for humanity. God alone can tell us about ourselves, life, and death. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones walks through the Sermon on the Mount and then brings us to the mount of Calvary to hear its message. This is a message of the holiness and love of God. Sin will be punished, and Christ did not offer the blood of bulls and goats, He offered His own blood! Salvation is through the shed blood of God’s only Son. Are you looking for hope? Stop trusting your own opinions and the opinions of others. Come just as you are.
Hebrews 6:16 — Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones provides counsel for the troubled soul in this sermon on Hebrews 6:16. He exhorts his listeners that the author of Hebrews' central object is to say that believers can have peace in spite of their bad circumstances. Dr. Lloyd-Jones proclaims how wonderful a truth this is in a world that has so much calamity and uncertainty. A Christian's hope is not in his circumstances, but rather in the Lord who has redeemed his soul. Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches that the Bible teaches believers how to live in this world; it is a manual that has passed the test of time. With this manual in hand, Christians can enjoy peace even if there was another world war, Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches. The reason Christians may have such peace is that the Gospel provides us with refuge for the soul. He is quick to clarify that there is no promised refuge for the body found in the pages of Scripture; many have been martyred for their faith. Rather, the Christian may be comforted in that God has secured his soul. Man must consider the truth about his eternal soul before he is given this refuge, and he must repent to the Lord for God to rescue him. In Christ, Christians may have an anchor within the veil.
Hebrews 6:11-12 — The Christian was always meant to have full assurance and happiness. Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he addresses the problem on translation, faith, understanding, and hope in this sermon on Hebrews 6:11-12. Dive into the epistles and discover how they were written for the assurance of believers. See the circumstances of uncertainty that surrounded these believers and what hope they received. Dr. Lloyd-Jones touches on the three assurances of faith, understanding, and hope, while focusing more on the full assurance of hope. We ought to preach sanctification by preaching the hope and the glory of Christ. This is not a message that is subjective to the feelings of man. Christianity is primarily and essentially other-worldly. Put aside your earthly prospects to follow Him. Do you know of the "first fruits"? Soak yourself in and meditate on the Scriptures. “Endure by seeing Him who is invisible.” Faith is the substance, and hope is the outcome of this faith. What is meant by the "state of hope"? When all else gives way, Christ is the solid rock that we can stand on. God provides the diligence and faith that is necessary. Look to Him and have full assurance unto the end!
Hebrews 6:7-8 — Attending church is not sufficient for salvation! The greatest sin in modern man is that he lives as if he owns himself, but he does not. Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he declares we are not our own in this sermon on Hebrews 6:7-8. Look at the illustration of two fields. The whole world was created by God and made for Him. Every life will go on to judgement in relation to our response to this Gospel. The value of one soul is such that we cannot put too much emphasis on listening. Reject this word and you are utterly hopeless. It is the reaction to the treatment of the Gospel that distinguishes Christians from the rest of the world. Contrast the dramatic difference between the two products produced. Examine that which pleases the Creator of this world. The natural life alone is useless before God! Look at the marks of a true believer. Repent and believe this message of God's salvation in Christ. It is not enough to simply know the Gospel. You must deny yourself and take up your cross – follow Him and leave everything else. Turn from your old nature and follow Him while there is still time!
Hebrews 2:14 — Listen to this Christmas message on Hebrews 2:14 as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones remembers He who is our Savior and salvation. Do not think of the Christian life in any general way apart from Christ. Through death, Christ destroyed him who had the power of death. Death lost its sting! Man's greatest temptation is to leave out the “wonderful works of God.” Salvation is the result of God’s activity. There is great trouble when we become doubtful of the person of Christ. Look at the two heresies of Christ. The mystery of godliness is Jesus' being truly man and truly God. We are all sharers of human nature, but Christ's manhood was entirely different. God voluntarily added to what He already was – adding flesh and blood to the Divine. Two natures in the One. He who made all things now knew what it was like to be weak, misunderstood, and even to die. Christ became the captain, author, and composer of our salvation. God had to become man. Christ had to die to save us from the condemnation of the Law. He robbed the devil of the power of death and is our representative at the right hand of God. He can sympathize with you, blessed be His name.
Hebrews 2:11 — In this sermon on Hebrews 2:11 from Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, he preaches on the wonders of Christ and His shared inheritance with the redeemed. The theme of the book of Hebrews is the preeminence of Jesus Christ, Dr. Lloyd-Jones tells us. The wonder of the Gospel is that Jesus is not ashamed to call us brethren. Though we are but humans, the Lord God calls us brethren because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Dr. Lloyd-Jones proclaims that humans are the sanctified, and Jesus is the sanctifier. Yet He became a little lower than the angels in order to redeem us back to Himself. He became man while not ridding Himself of His Godhood. Because of Jesus Christ's sacrificial condescension to humanity, we can share in His wonderful, eternal, and glorifying inheritance. Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches that although God has made Himself one with His redeemed, He is also entirely separate. Jesus Christ is the bridge of the expansive gap between God and man. Jesus made a way for us to come to Him; He made a way for us to be brothers. And Jesus Christ is not ashamed to call us brethren! Dr. Lloyd-Jones wonderfully articulates that when Jesus came, the Lawgiver came unto the Law. He took upon the form of a servant. Because of this, we can call Jesus our Brother.
Hebrews 2:9 — There is no lack of content in Scripture about the cross of Christ. In this sermon given on Good Friday, Dr, Martyn Lloyd-Jones presents various questions about this subject and answers them from Hebrews 2:9. Who is this person dying upon a cross? Jesus Christ, the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person, humbling Himself by coming in the likeness of man, sojourning among men, and suffering and dying that He might taste death for every man. What does it mean that He tasted death? On the cross He experienced – in body and soul – everything that is involved in death as the punishment for sin. Nothing was withheld. Why did He suffer such a death? The answer is given in one word: “FOR everyone”. He took our place, bearing the wrath of God for our sins upon Himself. What’s the result of His coming? The glorious result is two-fold: because Jesus suffered and died, He has been exalted, crowned with all glory and honor and power, and He has taken out the sting of death for all believers. Why did He do it? Because God’s very nature is one of grace, compassion, and love. Hallelujah!
Hebrews 1:1-3 — In this sermon on Hebrews 1:1-3, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exposits the book of Hebrews and carefully explains the great theme of the entire epistle: the glory and preeminence of Jesus Christ. A special attention is given to the latter part of verse 3 as the author of Hebrew only notes Jesus’s earthly ministry of purification of sin. The purification and cleansing of sin, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains, has to be the center of the focus of Christian faith because it perfectly displays the glory and humility of Christ. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also explains the strangeness and the meaning of the cross: the cross is strange to the world because the glory of God is displayed in one of the most humiliating places and symbols in the world. The cross also means to be the fulfillment of all the Old Testament types. As Jesus Christ, in glory and humility, came to purify and cleanse sins of the world on the cross, He puts an end to the Old Testament rituals and offers the ultimate way of salvation. In result, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, Jesus has now “sat down at the right hand of God,” displaying both His glory as the Son and the finished work on the cross.
Titus 2:11-14 — 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 us facts in history. Instead, argues Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the Gospel asks us to look at ourselves. The Gospel forces us to ask what person we should be? It challenges us to personally ask "What have I done with the good news?" Dr. Lloyd-Jones follows the apostle Paul in Titus 2:11-14, emphasizing how the Gospel teaches us how to live the Christian life. As we live between the first advent and the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, our understanding of God, ourselves, and this world are radically altered. This results in changed living. We no longer desire worldly lusts. Instead we long for righteousness. A sober view of life takes over ungodly living as we remember the present time and anticipate the future return of our Savior. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches us how to put the Gospel into practice in this present age, between the first coming and second coming of the Son of God.
Titus 2:11-14 — For various and sometimes nefarious reasons, people often isolate the Christmas message of the babe in a manger from the rest of the Gospel story. The tendency is to take parts of the whole person and work of Christ and segregate them from the rest. Or perhaps worse, some as children heard the message of gentle and lowly Jesus in a manger and never move beyond; they start at Bethlehem and end with Bethlehem. This is a tragedy, says Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. It inevitably ends in error. Instead, he says, in this sermon on Titus 2:11-14, we must follow the apostle Paul’s important principle and take the Lord Jesus Christ’s work as a whole. Paul frames the first appearing of Christ in conjunction with His second advent. Placing these two advents side-by-side in his sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones contrasts them. While the first coming of Christ was humble, lowly, and hidden, the second coming will be glorious and made for all the world to see. Listen as the great twentieth century preacher provides a unique and passionate Christmas message where we come face-to-face with the entire person and work of Christ.
Titus 2:11-14 — Christmas can come and pass without Christians truly questioning what the season means. This is a tragedy because Christians can easily adopt the world’s view of Christmas if there is not proper effort and diligence. The world will celebrate the season with a vague principle called the “Christmas spirit” – general benevolence and encouragement to each other to be a little nicer than before. Or the world will tout a Gospel of peace where nations, political leaders, and governments are addressed about their bombs and armaments. But how does the apostle Paul react to the coming of Christ? What does the celebration of Christmas mean to him? These are the questions Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses in his Christmas sermon on Titus 2:11-14. He argues that Paul reacted with the deepest feelings, emotions, and praise at the appearing of the Son of God. This praise and shouts of joy were because of an actual event in history that took place. God’s grace appeared, not in a teaching or principle primarily, but in a real person whom Paul declares is our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones challenges us to ascribe to the “facts” of Christmas without losing the joy that the event should bring to us.
2 Timothy 1:12 — Have you been wrestling with some hard and deep questions about your life? “How can I be happy?” “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” In this sermon on 2 Timothy 1:12, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones tackles these questions and more from a Scriptural perspective. Here’s some good news! Your existence is not a result of random chance. It has a purpose, and God is in charge. Because of God’s revelation in the Bible, we know that man is different from animals because he was created with a soul. Dr. Lloyd-Jones presents some common views of man today, reminding us that man was created to do far more than eat, drink, and fulfill our lusts. Many today chase these activities in hopes that they can be made happy. Yet Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches that our happiness was never designed to be tied to our circumstances — we can find temporary pleasure, but we cannot find lasting happiness. The thing that our happiness is dependent upon is a relationship with God. Yet, our sin separates us from Him. What can be done about this? Nothing of our own accord — the Bible tells us that we cannot earn our way to God. Yet, He sent His sinless Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and rise from the dead so that all who put their faith in His sacrifice can be saved. This is how you can have peace with God — repent from your sin and believe today!
2 Timothy 1:12 — Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones opens this sermon reading from 2 Timothy 1:12. In Paul’s letter to Timothy, the apostle writes from prison and explains his confidence in whom he has believed. Jumping from Paul’s example, Dr. Lloyd-Jones dives into the importance of the Gospel. Salvation is more than living morally and making good decisions. It is more than being a “Good Christian.” Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that salvation is trusting in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross for the payment of our sins. This is God’s plan for the redemption of men. For the natural man is corrupt. He is under the power of sin – the total pollution of it. Man’s very nature can’t help responding to sin, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says. On his own, he is unable to overcome his disposition. Good works offer no assurance. Even the great Christian figures like Paul, Martin Luther, and Charles Wesley did not rely on their works for salvation. No. It is impossible. But, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that there is a work that saves, but it is not of men. The only work that saves is God’s work – sending His Son for our redemption so we may live eternally.
2 Timothy 1:12 — What is the focus of Christianity? Some say that Christianity is about simply being a good moral man, others say that it is about religious experiences. But in this sermon from 2 Timothy 1:1-12, we find a very different answer. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that Christianity from start to finish is concerned with the person and work of Jesus Christ. This Jesus was delivered up for our sins, rose from the dead in victory, and now reigns in heaven. We must not be distracted by anything other than Christ, for when Christianity is no longer about Christ, it seeks to be true religion. What do we do in Christianity if Christ is the source of salvation? We must not trust in ourselves, but rest wholly in Christ. We must understand that our relationship with God is not about our works, but about Jesus Christ’s unchanging love for us. This puts the emphasis away from our good works, which are important, and points us towards the works of Christ. We ought to live a life of good works not because we are seeking to justify ourselves, but because we have already been justified in Christ and are secure because He loves us.
2 Timothy 1:12 — What is your approach to the hard and difficult things that come your way in life? Do you have peace when things are spiraling out of control? In this sermon on 2 Timothy 1:12, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones draws encouragement from Paul’s life and resilience in the midst of difficult circumstances and takes the listener through how he or she can be at rest in the midst of difficult times. Paul underwent countless sufferings, and yet he was content and at rest in God. What accounts for Paul’s attitude? First, he had recognized the supreme value of the soul. What is this? It is a recognition that the soul will last forever and that there is an eternal reality we are living for. Second, he lived his life in view of what he called “that day,” the coming day of Judgment. Third, above all, Paul had a personal knowledge of Christ and the love of God. He knew that God loved him and would keep His promises to grow Paul in his Christ-likeness, even if that meant difficult circumstances on earth. Yet, Paul was at peace with that because he knew it was for his ultimate good. When you’re a Christian, you have this same confidence, too — you have nothing to fear, not even death. Repent today and become a child of God!
2 Timothy 1:12 — The Gospel is what enables living well in the midst of difficulty. In this sermon on 2 Timothy 1:12, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones poses these questions: what is the Gospel, and how does it impact the Christian? Paul’s main principle in this passage is that everything must be examined, including our lives, in the context of the whole collection of Scripture. Just as a doctor would want to address the root cause of an issue instead of merely trying to fix the symptom, so too, the Christian must look to Scripture and see the roots of the sin and seek to weed it out instead of attempting to merely fix the outward manifestations of the issue. Our framework for understanding this depends on our view of life. Dr. Lloyd-Jones contrasts the biblical view with the unbiblical, which is based on the principle that everything is constantly in flux and that life is a random accident. In contrast, God’s plan has a purpose and is not based on blind chance — it provides hope and rest, and best accounts for the condition of the world today. For Christians, this provides the hope and foundation needed to face difficult times.
2 Timothy 1:12 — What would you give to have a confidence that stays the course regardless of if things are easy or difficult? Paul wrote 2 Timothy 1:12 as he was on the cusp of being executed. Yet, as Dr, Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches, Paul wrote confidently because he believed the Gospel he had written about. Many today try to extract the blessings of Christianity without committing fully to its doctrine, but Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that in order to know the blessings of the Gospel we must believe its truth. And so, Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks, "Do you believe the message of Scripture?" The Gospel starts with God and His process of redemption established before the world began. Dr. Lloyd-Jones instructs us that the foundational truth, and what has been called the “watershed moment” of Christianity, is rooted in history — the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. By rising again, He fulfilled His promise to His disciples that He would live again, and by sending His Holy Spirit after His ascension, He again kept His promise that they would not be without a helper. This is important because it shows God’s purpose. Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks again, “Is your life controlled by the fact that you believe in the purpose of God? Does the Gospel mean anything to you?” If not, you are living apart from its promises and on track to die without its hope. Repent and believe today, for today is the day of salvation!
2 Timothy 1:12 — Where do we put our hope in times of great trial? How we answer this tells us much about ourselves. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains the words of the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:12, when he was imprisoned and facing death. He encouraged Timothy to stand in the faith that was delivered to the saints: the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For Paul had not lost hope in the face of dire circumstances, but he was encouraging others in the face of his own death. This is what it looks like to trust in Christ until the end. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shares how this trust is at the heart of the Christian's life and is a source of peace. This is because Christians do not have to trust in politics or any other earthly institution for hope. It is Jesus who will return on the last day and bring the new heavens and the new earth. It is Jesus who will banish all sin and darkness, bringing all Christians' hope to completion. This sermon asks the question, where is your hope? Are you like many resting in the things of this world? Or are you like the apostle who trusts in the faithfulness of Christ to deliver him in the greatest times of suffering? There is no more important question than where your hope is.
2 Timothy 1:10 — This sermon calls to those who have a tendency to feel down or discouraged about life. It is for those who look around at the world and wonder what good can possibly come from all the evil that seems to run so rampant today. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from 2 Timothy 1:10, and offers the believer some practical encouragement drawn from Paul’s letter. Timothy, like many believers today, had a tendency for being down, especially with the anticipated death of Paul, his beloved friend and mentor. Knowing this, Paul wrote this encouraging letter to Timothy. His remedy for Timothy’s sadness is to remind him of the gospel. It’s easy to think that things have only been going poorly in the world during this lifetime. However, this evil has been occurring since the beginning of time, and it’s crucial to remember that God has been acting from even before that time. The Christian’s hope and rest is in the gospel because God is in control of it all and through Christ who has cancelled out the effects of sin and death. Christians are those who have been made alive unto God, and thus, can look at this world knowing that there is a perfect world awaiting followers of Jesus upon their deaths. This is the hope that Paul imparted to Timothy and that Dr. Lloyd-Jones wants to give to the listener.
2 Timothy 1:12 — As time has progressed and the world has become more secular, many charge that the Gospel is useless, outdated, and has failed despite being given several centuries to flourish and establish itself. In this sermon on 2 Timothy 1:12, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers some of the criticisms of the Gospel and helps us understand how we can formulate a biblical answer that is intellectually and spiritually satisfying. The first difficulty we encounter is the definition of the Gospel— can it be defined? While many different people will offer to have their own “version” of the Gospel, Dr. Lloyd-Jones points us to Scripture and reminds us that Paul defined the Gospel right there. Second, many feel that the Gospel has failed. Yet, Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that it has accomplished exactly what it was established to do: to reconcile people to God through faith in Jesus’ atoning sacrifice for their sins. Third, some object that the Gospel is of no value because progress has left it far behind. Yet, he reminds us that the struggles of people today are no different than they were in the first century — Scripture is still incredibly relevant. So what is the Gospel? What is man’s authority? Does reason have limits? Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones answers these questions and points to why we as humans need divine revelation and why Scripture is the best answer to our problems today.
2 Timothy 1:12 — What role does Christianity take in your life? Is it a Sunday-only activity that helps you to meet other people? Do you take some of its points and mix it in with aspects from other worldviews? Or is it central to every aspect of your existence? As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains, many people think they can construct a worldview built from Christianity and other religions or ways of thought and still experience the hope that a follower of Christ has. But as Dr. Lloyd-Jones illustrates from 2 Timothy 1:12, you cannot have the benefits of Christianity without believing and following Christ. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains the Gospel and its importance for everyone. Jesus, the God-man, entered into time and became God in the flesh. In His living, He showed us how man is to live. In His sacrificial death and resurrection, He made a way for people to be made right with God and to have their sins forgiven. All that He claimed to be while alive was proven by His resurrection, showing that He is God and the Lord over all, even death. He established that death is not the end — He has conquered it. Friend, you cannot have this hope and confidence unless you are trusting in Jesus solely as your Savior from sin and following Him as your master. As the hymn states so beautifully, “What is our hope in life and death? Christ alone, Christ alone.” He alone can save and give us the hope we yearn for.
2 Timothy 1:12 — What is the real cause of all failure and unhappiness in life? How can a person live in this world when the world, the flesh, and the devil are against them? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers clearly: “when one is defeated in life, it is always ultimately due from the fact that he has the spirit of fear.” In this sermon on fear, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explores what the causes, consequences, and cure of this fear are? Is it actually possible to walk without fear, confident that all is truly well with one’s soul? Dr. Lloyd-Jones boldly answers, “Yes!” In this faith-building sermon from 2 Timothy 1, he explains that it is the gift of the Holy Spirit – what He does to the Christian, in the Christian, and what He enables the Christian to do---that makes it possible. God has given to every Christian the Spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind, empowering them to no longer fear. God’s children can walk confidently, knowing whom they have believed until that final day. The one who is not afraid of the final day never needs to be afraid of the things that can happen in this world.
2 Timothy 2:8 — Does the Gospel change from person to person? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones dives deeper into what the Gospel is. In 2 Timothy 2:8, Paul instructs believers to follow “my Gospel.” Some have interpreted this to mean that we each have our own individual Gospel based off of our individual experiences. Yet, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows, this cannot be further from the truth — Paul is exhorting Timothy to hold tightly to the unchanging, true Gospel that Paul was preaching. What else is he saying in this passage? First, that it is the only Gospel. Second, this Gospel is to be remembered because it is the story and meaning of the story of Jesus the Christ. While some say that claiming to have exclusive truth is “narrow-minded,” Dr. Lloyd-Jones provides some reasons why Christians can rightly claim that this Gospel is true. First, if there was any other Gospel, the events that occurred in the life of Jesus would not have happened because they would not have been necessary! Second, Jesus is the only one to fulfill the prophecies from the Old Testament about the promised Savior. Third, Jesus is the only one who can really teach us about God since He is a person of the Trinity. Fourth, only Jesus could perform the task to accomplish what we need — our salvation, the defeat of our enemies, and a guide through life.
2 Timothy 1:12 — In his sermon on 2 Timothy 1:12, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that the gospel will benefit anyone who believes in Jesus Christ— it is good news for all people. Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds the listener that the Apostle Paul was a natural pessimist, and yet, he found hope through the gospel. He boldly proclaimed “I am not ashamed.” Scripture’s promises are not dependent upon a person’s temperament or tendencies; it has power for all. Many today hold to a stoic view of life and believe that all are born to die, but this view provides no hope for people. Dr. Lloyd-Jones contrasts this with the Christian view, using the real-life example of songwriter Horatio Spafford who penned the well-known hymn, “It is Well with My Soul.” Spafford wrote this hymn soon after the tragic drowning of his children and losing most of his wealth. Though all here on earth could be going horribly wrong, and though evil and its results seem to prevail, followers of Jesus have hope. Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds the listener that this is not automatic — though salvation is received through faith alone, the Christian journey is one in which its followers must play an active part in living out the gospel. He closes by stating that Christianity has no comfort or consolation if one does not believe its truth. Paul’s comfort was deduced from his faith — repent from sins and believe the gospel today in faith.
1 Timothy 1:15 — Who is a sinner? This may seem like an odd question, but if you listen to this sermon on 1 Timothy 1:15, you will see how your answer has eternal significance. At the heart of the Bible is God's saving message to sinners, promising salvation for all who come and trust in Christ Jesus. Who then are the sinners? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that in one sense, any one who sins is a sinner, and the Bible gives many lists of sins. Adultery, lying, stealing, murder, and many other sins are mentioned in Scripture. While all sin is a violation of God's Law and will be punished, the sin that ultimatley condems us to eternal punishment is rejection of Jesus Christ. Apart from Christ, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones proclaims, there is no way of being forgiven! Listen as he explains the nature of sin. More importantly, you will hear the Good News of salvation from all sin and forgiveness in Christ.
2 Timothy 1:12 — What is mankind’s greatest need? Many modern thinkers say it is for man to be emotionally well. Others think that it is world peace. But what does the Bible say is mankind’s greatest need? In this sermon Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones seeks to answer this question by looking at 2 Timothy 1:12. In this letter we see that the abundant life is not about material things, nor is it about emotional needs, but it is about being right with God. Mankind’s greatest need is to be made pure, free from sin, in order that he might be reconciled to God almighty. For all men are born slaves of sin and inheritors of unrighteousness. It is only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ that any man can be set free from sin and live according to God’s ways! Freedom is found in being made right with God through Jesus Christ. Those who believe in Jesus are now able to live a life of righteousness and holiness. Listen closely as Dr. Lloyd-Jones offers a vital question: where is your hope? Are you like this passing world hoping in the temporal and transient? Or do you trust in Jesus who has died for sinners? This sermon concerns the most important truths anyone can ever know.
1 Timothy 1:13 — In this sermon on the ignorance of man, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reads the powerful words of Paul in 1 Timothy 1:13 where Paul confesses that he used to be the vilest of men. He was a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an incredibly violent man. Dr. Lloyd-Jones draws attention to something else the apostle mentions: his ignorance. Paul did all that evil because he acted in ignorance, and yet Paul was a learned man, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says. He was among the best educated, but with all his knowledge, Paul was bankrupt without Christ. Paul had placed his own life in the power of his intellect and the Jewish laws. However, when confronted on the road to Damascus, the apostle saw his wrong. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that Paul represents many people today. They place their trust in mortal knowledge, and they call Christians ignorant for believing in something so old. But Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that no human knowledge since Christ has solved spiritual problems. What happens after death? How should a person live? These are questions worldly understanding cannot answer. In closing, he invites those who have yet to believe to come into the knowledge of God, and to trust in His everlasting love and grace.
1 Timothy 1:12-16 — In this sermon on 1 Timothy 1:12-16 from Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, listeners hear about the danger of unbelief. The resistant unbelieving person is one who has made the decision not to believe, not merely one who has not heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. Unbelief is not purely intellectual, Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches. A popular assumption among non-Christians isthat secularism is an intellectual pursuit and that Christianity is the opposite. This is not helped by Christians who are amazed that other Christians could be intellectuals. Rather, when looking to the Scriptures, we see that many Christians throughout history have proved the intellectualism of Christianity. One must merely look at the letters of Paul to see the greatness and grandeur of Christian doctrine. This doctrine is meant to feed the mind and soul of the believer who humbles himself and puts his faith in Jesus Christ. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also exhorts his listeners that the reason so many people have not committed to Jesus Christ is because they refuse to admit that they are wrong. It is difficult to humble oneself before Godand admit that one is wrong, but this is what repentance and belief requires. The Light has come, repent and believe in Him!
1 Timothy 1:1 — Who has the answers, God or humanity? In this sermon on 1 Timothy 1:1, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows the error of putting human thinking above the wisdom of God. He shows that all sin stems from Adam and Eve putting their reason above God when they ate of the forbidden fruit. Modern humanity is no different; they look to themselves to solve the problems of the world. This is hopeless because salvation comes not through humanity’s own deeds, but it is a free gift from God. This is how God has shown the wisdom of the world to be utter foolishness. He sent His only Son to die upon a cross in the place of the very people who murdered Him. Dr. Lloyd-Jones proclaims that it is Jesus who came to die and rise from the grave in order to break the bonds of sin, and to free all from sin’s dominion and condemnation. This sermon will encourage all who are trusting in their own wisdom to turn to Jesus as the only true source of happiness, peace, and true communion with God. The message of the glorious gospel is one that commands people to turn away from themselves and look to Christ as the only Savior sent from God.
Colossians 1:18 — Who is Jesus? Many think of Jesus as the baby born in Bethlehem sung of in Christmas carols. Others think of Him as a great prophet and teacher. While these are both true to a degree, neither captures the fullness of the biblical teaching in all its glory. In this sermon on Colassians 1:18, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that Jesus is in fact the very image of God. Jesus is uncreated, eternal, and omnipotent. All things were created in, through, and for Him. He is the eternal son of God who upholds the whole universe by the power of His world. Yet He became a man in order to save sinners and make them fellow heirs with God. He died upon a cross in the place of sinners, and rose from the dead on the third day. While many do not like this Jesus, this is the Jesus of history explained in the Scripture. This is the Jesus that not only saves sinners, but also redeems the whole world! Do you believe in this Jesus? Because many worship a Jesus that is nothing more than an idol made of their own desires. It is only the true Jesus Christ that can save sinners and make them holy before God.
2 Thessalonians 2:16 — To open his sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reads the writings of Paul in 2 Thessalonians 3:16. Within that passage, Paul reminds the reader to hold fast to teaching and press into Christ, who has given peace. Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks a question: does the Christian know this peace? For peace seems to be the opposite reaction to this world. Many people are restless and fearful. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that this is because people are at war with God and themselves. They cannot have peace because they do not have God, and their conscience will always be full because they cannot reconcile themselves. But the Christian should not feel the same way. He or she is given a relief from the fear of the world through the blood of Christ. Jesus is the mediator between God and man. He speaks on behalf of the Christian, giving and dispensing peace as He pleases, for He is the Prince of Peace. How does Jesus administer this peace? Dr. Lloyd-Jones tells us. Christ never leaves. He is always with us. At our moment of need, we can lean into Him and receive His peace, and this glorious gift is for all those who call on His name.
2 Thessalonians 1:8-10 — Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones tackles the topic of believers and unbelievers within his sermon. He draws from the writings of Paul in 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10, where the Apostle describes the coming judgement of Christ and the separation between believers and unbelievers. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that this separation of saved and unsaved is fundamental to Christianity, for Christianity involves absolutes. The Christian is someone who hears the way of God and decides to follow it, but the unbeliever has done the opposite. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that the unbeliever will try and apply his or her own logic and intellect to the Scriptures, when really he or she is in no position to debate them. But the believer has faith in the message of God. The believer does not try to correct the Scriptures, but rather reiterates what has already been written. A person cannot have both God and the world, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says. That is clear all across Scripture. But a person must decide which choice to make. For the day of judgment is coming, and all will stand before The Lord. For the unbeliever, a life apart from God awaits. But for the Christian, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, awaits eternal life with a just and loving God.
1 Thessalonians 5:16 — What should the Christian’s immediate and continual response be to the gospel and salvation? The response should be one of joy! “Rejoice evermore” is more than an emotion; it is a settled reality of all who are saved. In this sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:16, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones challenges his listeners with the direct command to rejoice evermore. A Christian is to rejoice evermore for this is the will of God. The command to rejoice is given through the Apostle Paul to the Thessalonians. He states that a clear and defining characteristic of the Christian is that of joy. Having experienced the joy that came with his own conversion, the Apostle Paul now instructs all believers that this is the mark of their Christian lives. However, rejoicing evermore is a tall order. Dr Lloyd-Jones recognizes this and asks: “How are we to do this? How can we rejoice in all things? Should we wait on or work up some type of feeling?” He reminds the listener that the Christian maintains a constant attitude of joy by taking their growing knowledge of the truth and applying it by the Spirit. Salvation and the growing knowledge of the vast implications of the gospel when applied by the Spirit will enable the Christian to rejoice evermore.
Colossians 1:21-22 — The sinful state of the world can be explained by understanding the truth that man is alienated from God. Because of the sin of Adam, the whole human race is subject to corruption and immorality. This is why humanistic approaches to fixing the world are all misguided and will ultimately fail. What then is the cure for man’s sin and alienation? In this sermon on Colossians 1:21-22, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones provides the answer in what God has done for the world in His Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that God has sent Jesus into the world to die for sinners and to reconcile them with God. Only this divine love can overcome man’s natural hatred of God and His Law. Only Jesus can overcome our sin and misery by His death and resurrection. Those who believe in Jesus and trust Him for their forgiveness of sins can have full assurance and confidence that God loves them. Believers are to seek to love God and our neighbor; we are to pursue a life of holiness that reflects the God we serve. This Gospel is not only the true way of salvation, but it alone can give us peace with God in this life and in the next.
Colossians 1:13 — Do you know what Christianity really is and what it offers? Do you know what is wrong with man? Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines some common views of man, along with what the Bible declares in Colossians 1:13. Do you thank God? Man's lack of gratefulness is due to a lack of understanding of who God is and what He's done. The real issue is man's ignorance of his own current state and condition. The evil in this world is not founded in just a handful of men, every man is as he is because he is gripped by the power of the devil. Satan is the god of this world. Man needs delivered from this power of darkness because he is blind to it. Satan's rule is one of confusion, tyranny, and slavery; it is not a real kingdom. The world is ignorant of God and the devil schemes to prevent man from learning about God, but Christ has conquered Satan in every respect! Christ is the master over the devil and the only man who can free us from Satan’s grip. Once in Christ, man can never be separated from God again – he may fall, but he will never remain separated. Come to Christ!
Colossians 1:12 — Do you praise God for all He has done for you? In this sermon on Colossians 1:12, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the necessity of praise in the life of all Christians. For what other response could we give after receiving this great salvation? Salvation is what makes one a Christian! God, in His grace, brings us out of the world and its sinful ways and offers forgiveness and adoption through His son. We must never think that we can be saved by our own works or merits, for all men are in sin and saved only by grace. What then do we contribute to our salvation? The answer according to Dr. Lloyd-Jones is absolutely nothing! This is why Christians are to worship out of a heart of thankfulness and praise. This sermon asks everyone the question: do you praise God for salvation? 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 and trust in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and rest in His mercy. There is no other way of salvation but through Jesus Christ!