Born of God

Sermons from John Chapter 1

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Dimensions 8.8 × 5.75 × 1.25 in
topic

Assurance, Jesus Christ, Salvation, The Law

page-count

488

scripture

John

Banner Pub Date

Jul 15, 2011

Original Pub Date

2011

binding

Cloth-bound, Cloth-bound & ePub, Cloth-bound & Kindle, ePub, Kindle (.mobi)

isbn

9781848711259

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Book

Book Description

In his first sermon in his series on the opening chapters of the Gospel of John, begun in October 1962, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones made the arresting remark: ‘Do you know what is the matter with us? I will tell you. We, none of us, really believe in the Lord Jesus Christ! The trouble with all of us is that we do not know enough about him. So John says: The thing you need above everything is to be brought to this knowledge of him – who he is, what he has done, and what he has made possible for us.’

The preacher was convinced that Christians are too often unhappy and uncertain – and, as a result, fail to give a true and accurate impression of Christianity to those around them – because they are suffering from ignorance. Yet he insisted strongly that bare knowledge is not enough. What is needed is the life that comes from believing in Christ rightly (John 20:31). ‘We must start with the doctrine, and out of that will come the life, the experience, everything we need.’

This is part of the last great Lloyd-Jones Sunday-morning series at Westminster Chapel. In these 32 powerful sermons, he concentrates on two main areas which feature prominently in John chapter 1: law and grace and their respective roles (from verse 17); and the assurance of salvation (from verses 12-13). The central focus in all the sermons is the life that flows from the Lord Jesus Christ, received by faith, the life that characterizes those who are ‘born of God’ – those who are God’s children by faith in his beloved Son.

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Publisher’s Foreword vii
Dates and Texts of the Sermons viii
1 Why John Wrote His Gospel 1
2 The Light and the Darkness 18
3 The Relationship of Law and Grace 34
4 The Function of the Law: Revealing the Truth about God 48
5 The Function of the Law: Revealing the Truth about Ourselves 61
6 The Law and the World 75
7 The True Nature of the Law: The Schoolmaster 91
8 The True Nature of the Law: A Fingerpost to Grace 107
9 The Christian’s Relationship to the Law 122
10 The Abundant Riches of His Grace 138
11 Truth in Its Fulness 155
12 The Incarnation 171
13 Facing the Future 185
14 Know    Receive    Believe 201
15 How We Become the Children of God 219
16 Our Relationship to the Son and to the Father 235
17 Our Relationship to the Father: The Father’s Purpose 249
18 Our Relationship to the Father and to the Spirit 265
19 The Leading of the Holy Spirit 280
20 The Spirit and the Word 293
21 Practical Holiness 307
22 The Mortification of Sin: The Negative Approach 320
23 The Mortification of Sin: The Positive Approach 333
24 The Mortification of Sin: The Surrender of the Body 346
25 The Mortification of Sin: Work out Your Faith; Walk in the Spirit 360
26 ‘He Shall Glorify Me’ 376
27 Grieving the Spirit; The Fruit of the Spirit–1 389
28 The Fruit of the Spirit–2 404
29 Our Relationship to Other Christians 418
30 Our Relationship to the Devil: The Devices of the Devil 434
31 Religion or True Faith? 450
32 ‘An Assurance Clear’ 465

2 testimonials for Born of God

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  1. Benjamin Campbell

    Excellent series of sermons, particularly the one on Satan’s devices and how if he attacks you then that is a proof that you are a Christian.

  2. Martijn de Groot

    A very rich book. Typical MLJ themes are packed in less than 500 pages. For example, what covers several volumes in his Romans and Ephesians series (in particular Romans 6,7,8 and Ephesians 6), he deals with in only a few sermons.

    One of the big themes of this book is the relationship of law and grace. This part of the book is very interesting and constructive, also refreshing for fervent MLJ readers.

    The second big theme is the assurance of salvation. This part is very self-searching, but for the true children of God extremely comforting as well. After reading this book, you know exactly where you stand (before God).

    The last sermon (preached on Whit Sunday) makes you long for even more. It is as it were a preview on the continuation of his series on John 1, published as Joy Unspeakable and Prove All Things. These two titles, together with Born of God and the little booklet Heirs of Salvation are all about John 1, preached in the 1960’s. There are more sermons on John 1, not published, but you can listen to those on MLJTrust.org!

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