D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones served as pastor in Sandfields, Aberavon, Wales, from 1927-1938, before he made himself more well-known in London. During that earlier period, Lloyd-Jones believed in writing out his evangelistic messages word-for-word. When a box of such manuscripts was rediscovered in his attic after his death, twenty-one of them were selected for publication, leading to this book.
Lloyd-Jones preached in Aberavon when Europeans generally thought that mankind was greatly improving itself apart from religion, and so Christianity was considered an out-dated, soon-to-be-extinct system. These sermons quite often attack this false notion directly. While westerners are no longer quite so optimistic about humanity’s potential, such attitudes remain in our culture, propped up by the same rickety ideas as before: Darwinism and the basic goodness of mankind. So these sermons remain relevant nearly a century after their initial delivery. The other great theme of this collection is the nature of true salvation in Christ. In Lloyd-Jones’s day, just as now, many considered themselves to be Christians for any number of faulty reasons. Many of these sermons attempt to describe true conversion and Christian living, confronting the same powerless gospel which condemns nominal Christians even to this day. Once more, these messages apply well to our generation.
'If you want your heart warmed by the gospel and challenged as to its total sufficiency for the needs of the human heart, then this book will do you good.' ---Christian Arena
'The power of this great preacher still throbs in this collection of his sermons.' --Voices (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
'A fine volume, showing great insight into the plight of man, coupled with a compassion for the unconverted. This book will be a blessing to many.' --Vox Reformata
'The...blessing of these writings is their infectious character. No sensitive preacher will be able to read them without having his own inspiration for evangelistic preaching rekindled. His only caution will be in having to resist the temptation to take them and preach them to his own people verbatim!' --Bob Jones University
From the outset of his ministry in South Wales in 1927 Dr Lloyd-Jones was an evangelistic preacher, as can be seen in this collection of twenty-one sermons from his ministry there. As with the early preaching of George Whitefield and Robert M'Cheyne, they show why the gospel is the most urgent, glorious and transforming of all messages. As a book specifically on the subject of conversion and the beginning of the Christian life, the Publishers believe this will be one of the most popular and valuable of all the Lloyd-Jones titles.