Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn. Born of God: Sermons from John, Chapter One. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2011. 482 pp. $29.00. Purchase at Westminster for much less.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) is well known by many in the Reformed circles of Christianity. This is because of his love for the Puritans and his deep exegetical and expository style of preaching. My prayer is that he would be well known throughout all of Christendom. He has much to offer today’s Christian. You can download sermons for free at OnePlace.com. I highly recommend you check out that website.
Born of God is a 32 sermon compilation of messages delivered by the late Dr. Lloyd-Jones as part of his last sermon series preached on Sunday mornings at Westminster Chapel. He started preaching through John in 1962 but health prevented him from ever finishing. Another lengthy treatment from the Gospel of John is found in his work entitled Living Water which I reviewed here.
In this particular work, the Doctor concentrates on two doctrines found in the first chapter of the beloved disciple’s gospel: Law and Grace and the assurance of salvation. He began the series with the comment, “Do you know what is the matter with us? I will tell you. We none of us really believe in the Lord Jesus Christ!” From there he explains what he means and shows with pinpoint accuracy how this is truly the case for most believers in Jesus Christ.
With his warning shot fired, Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows how we need to better grasp the doctrines we believe and allow them to have the desired effect in and on 0ur lives. What is better is his continuous pointing back to Christ in all that he says.
Chapter fifteen is an excellent chapter in that he lays out in plain language how we become children of God. In my personal estimation, it is one of his more articulate evangelical sermons we have. Chapters 21-25 are of great value in and of themselves as they explain the importance of mortifying (killing) sin within you.
After reading Born of God, you will have a far greater understanding and appreciation for the first chapter of the Gospel of John.
As with all of the materials by and about Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, I highly recommend this compilation of sermons. I do not hide the truth that he has been most influential on my ministry and in my walk with the Lord. If you have never read anything by the Doctor, then start here with Born of God and be blessed. You will also be “hooked” so to speak on the ministry of the greatest preacher of the 20th century.