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The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones

(A Long Line of Godly Men Profile)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  78 reviews
From the pulpit at Westminster Chapel in London, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones set a new standard for faithful and passionate preaching, a standard that continues to be relevant today. Lloyd-Jones was a physician by training and had begun a promising career in medicine before sensing an irresistible call to preach. Surrounded by theological liberalism, he began a pulpit ministry ...more
Hardcover, 188 pages
Published February 15th 2016 by Reformation Trust Publishing (first published February 2016)
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Ben Chapman
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, audiobook
Possibly my favorite book in this whole series. The Doctor was a fiery, serious man of God and he lived to proclaim the Word of the Lord.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
As the title indicates, this is a treatment of the preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Lawson begins with a brief survey of Lloyd-Jones's life and ministry. He then treats the preaching under eight categories. First, the preacher must be called by God to his task. This chapter is a useful discussion of what is meant by being called to preach. The remaining categories deal with the sermons themselves. In these chapters we have presented Lloyd-Jones's own views on preaching. Sermons should be biblica ...more
Noel Burke
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked the book. It balanced historical info with his theological positions. One doctrine I disagree with is his special calling for preachers. I don't believe that Scripture supports some special inward feeling or calling for some to be preachers. A great resource is Garry Freisen's book, Decision Making and the Will of God. Other than that, loved the biography and now desire to listen to some of his preaching!
Combines a tribute to Martyn Lloyd-Jones with an accessible summary of Preaching and Preachers, with a biographical flavour. Somewhat repetitive. As a preacher, I found it encouraging.
Glenn Crouch
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
I enjoyed reading another from the "A Long Line of Godly Men" series, this time looking at Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

As young man, I was heavily influenced by Lloyd-Jones, but that was when I was part of a Reformed Baptist church - where I also developed my great appreciation of Spurgeon, that remains to this day. However, as Lutheran for the past 25 years (and now a Lutheran Pastor) it has been sometime since I did much with the works of "the Doctor". So this small book seemed like a good opportunity.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this Martyn Lloyd-Jones book out of frustration.

I had downloaded Dr. Jones's 1959 series of sermons on Revival from the MLJ Trust website (where Dr. Jone's sermons are available for download on a voluntary donation basis) and was about a third of the way through the series unimpressed. To me, they were too long, too cliche', too old school, and although in English, were in coded insider language that I didn't understand. Some may gasp, but frankly, I was bored with them.

So why, I won
The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones is one of the biographies in Reformation Trust's Long Line of Godly Men series. This title is written by one of my favorite authors/speakers Steven J. Lawson. (I thought I loved him before watching the sermon series The Doctrines of Grace in the Gospel of John. Now I love, love, LOVE him.) I am also very fond of Martyn Lloyd-Jones. This is not my first title to read in the series, and, it won't be my last. I'd love to read as many as I can actually! ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Somehow, I began listening to this book thinking it was a collection of sermons by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Instead, it is a look at his life and beliefs with a focus on his preaching. Though it wasn't what I expected, I enjoyed it and gained some valuable things from it!

It inspired me as the story of a man who refused to conform to anything he thought contrary to Scripture. It was practically helpful when it talked about how Lloyd-Jones went about studying Scripture or preparing and giving sermons.
Tim Casteel
May 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Honestly, not a great bio. I did learn a lot. Because I knew nothing about the Doctor aside from hearing him name dropped in Keller sermons.

I appreciate the author gathering relevant facts about Lloyd-Jones but it seems like a little more writing could have turned the book from a copy and paste job to a moving biography (what I mean is, as another reviewer commented, much of it was just quotes from Lloyd-Jone's "Preaching and Preachers" and Iain Murray's"The Life of Martin Lloyd-Jones").

For a s
Mark Jr.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, 2017
Earnest, edifying, admirably brief. Doesn't break any new ground or offer any new insight if you've already read Murray's biography. But a great introduction for those unfamiliar with the Doctor.

Christian Audio provided me a free review copy of this work (no strings attached), and the reader was absolutely perfect: I'm pretty sure he imitated DMLJ's accent, and I've heard the Doctor often enough that he brought me up short several times—I could almost believe I was listening to the man himself.
Mark Donald
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great short work on Martyn Lloyd-Jones' preaching ministry and his view of what preaching was and should contain. Lloyd-Jones is a great model of faithful preaching by emphasizing the centrality of the Scriptures, through expositional preaching, that was deeply doctrinal, God-centered, and Spirit empowered. This will be both challenging and encouraging to anyone, like me, who aspires to preach and teach God's people.
Valerie Kyriosity
I should have taken the title more seriously. I was expecting a biography, but it really is just an extended discussion of Lloyd-Jones's approach to preaching. While I'm sure such would be of benefit to some, alas, it is not what I was looking for. Perhaps if the author had gotten to the "passionate" part, it might have done something for me, but it was pretty least the chapters I made it through before giving up.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-in-2017
Favorite quotes from Lloyd-Jones:

"We must be expository... It should be clear to people that what we are saying comes out of the Bible. We are presenting the Bible and it's message."

"You must sacrifice a good sermon rather than force a text."
Donald Owens II
May 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
A poorly written, almost superstitiously adoring, tribute to a gifted preacher, that reads more like a preaching textbook, with quotes from Lloyd-Jones as proof texts.
Bill Pence
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the latest edition of the A Long Line of Godly Men Profile series, the author, also the editor of the series, and a passionate preacher himself, states that Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones was perhaps most responsible for leading a return to expository preaching in the 20th century, and was one of the greatest preachers of any century. He preached at Westminster Chapel in London for 30 years, where 2,000 would gather each Lord’s Day, to hear his more than 4,000 sermons delivered during his time there. ...more
Lisa Johnson
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Series: Long Line of Godly Men Profile
Author: Steven J. Lawson
Pages: 188
Year: 2016
Publisher: Ligonier Ministries
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Anyone who has read Hebrews 11 knows about the many who lived by faith in ancient times and in many various ways. Then, Hebrews 12 tells us of being surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses previously described in chapter 11. I began thinking about the men and women who have lived before me and how they
Camille Turner
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I think the content of this book is timely and timeless. I listened to the Christianaudio production of it.

I wasn't expecting much from this book since biographies aren't my top genre, but unlike some genre's that were too technical and lost me quickly, I had enough curiousity to make it through this one. The first chapter gives a general overview of his life, which sounds like it came out of a textbook, and while it made me wonder what made this guy such a significant preacher, it also had me w
Elaine Mazzo
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks, biography
When I started this audiobook, I thought it was going to be a biography of Lloyd-Jones’ life so I was surprised when his whole life story was completed by chapter one! But the story goes on in detail about Jones’ passion for expository preaching and the influence of that passion even to today. It was fascinating! You would think most preachers (and their hearers) would want expository preaching in their churches but that wasn’t the case. I admired his focus on wanting to preach exactly what the ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic book. It is one that I personally believe every Christian should read. I realize that most people would ask, "Isn't it more for someone who is a preacher?" I certainly understand that thought, yet, I believe that every believer should see what drove this man as he left the medical world and stepped into the world of being a preacher. His commitment to the Scriptures, to sound theology, to rightly dividing the Word of truth are such a blessing. As one reads through the book t ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this as an audiobook thanks to ChristianAudio who featured it as their free book of the month of May. In the past year, I have come to greatly appreciate Martyn Lloyd-Jones' preaching and writing. They don't call him "the Doctor" whose "logic [is] on fire" for nothing! Obviously, with Steven Lawson being a pastor himself, the book is mostly suited for pastors and preachers. However, a layman (or woman), like myself, can learn from MLJ's passion for, and diligent study of, the Scrip ...more
David Squires
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I listened to the audio book which I received from Christian Audio. It was thoroughly enjoyable. The book talked about Martin Lloyd-Jones opinion that preaching had to take primacy over teaching. This was exactly opposite of the opinion of Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse who felt that in the modern age, many came to faith in Jesus, without having a foundation of the doctrines and vocabulary of the Christian faith. He actually proposed to work with the Billy Graham crusades to offer a ten week survey c ...more
Savio Sebastian
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: gospel, memoir, 2017
Good to read how God used this very influential preacher and how he came to know and serve the Lord. He decided to end his medical career to save the souls of men - something he thought was of greater value. There's a lot of talk about preaching and preachers and how their qualifications - I'm not sure if I agree with it - but I definitely agree with preaching being expository and systematic keeping the author's intent rather than picking your favorite verses from the Bible and using it to fit y ...more
Kurt Michaelson
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was impacted greatly when I read Preaching & Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones and this book by Steven Lawson truly described the passion that The Doctor had concerning preaching and the Word of God.

In the preface, The Doctor's Mandate, Lawson said, "In a day that clamors for churches to capitulate to the spirit of the age and use entertainment in order to draw crowds, the primacy of biblical preaching must be restored wherever the people of God gather to worship." So true for today, too.

I l
Carol Arnold
I started this audio book thinking it was a biography but it was not. The first chapter briefly covered the life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones. The remainder of the book was about his ministry and his preaching style. I knew next to nothing about this pastor before listening to this book, but that is my loss! He is definitely a minister that I need to study more. I will be looking for his sermons and books in the future. He was an uncompromising conservative pastor in a day when liberalism was taking a ...more
Stephen Hicks
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short piece (around 4 hours via audiobook) was a fascinating introduction to the life and preaching of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. It includes a brief survey of his life and testimony then a more in depth exploration of what it meant to preach and be a preacher. His devotion to The Word of God and it's proper and full exposition brought new life to the evangelical pulpit during his time and should be a benchmark for preachers even to this day. Lawson did a superb job of including copious quotes ...more
Brandon H.
This short book lives up to its title, especially the "Preaching" part.

Much of the book was a review for me having read MLJ's "Preaching and Preachers." But when it comes to MLJ, that's not a negative thing. I'm glad to have read it. So I would recommend this one to all those called to preach the gospel of Jesus. There is a great need for more expositional preaching, especially among preachers today who share MLJ's continuationist view.

If you're looking to learn more about the MLJ the man, a bi
Stephen Watkinson
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This book summarizes Lloyd-Jones views on and approach to preaching. It is thought-provoking and has challenged me to go back to the original (e.g. Preachers and Preaching). However, it is entirely uncritical of its subject, in a way that I'm not sure is sustainable or helpful. There's much to learn from the good. Much more could have been learnt from a more thoughtful evaluation.

This is another of those I listened to the audio book, which is pretty good apart from the tendency of the reader to
Kevin Halloran
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Steven Lawson presents a helpful treatment of the life and ministry of Martyn Lloyd-Jones. This book inspired me to seek God more fervently, preach the glorious doctrines of the Bible more passionately, and listen to more Lloyd-Jones sermons.

I'm thankful for the MLJ Trust that has his whole sermon archive for free download (including Romans, Ephesians, Spiritual Depression, Revival, & his lectures on preaching that were turned into his book Preaching & Preachers).
Brenten Gilbert

I had never known of Martyn Lloyd-Jones before I received this book. Now I realize I have known of him subconsciously for much of my life. Here was a man who's passion for preaching the Gospel enabled him to revolutionize the methods and materials seen behind most modern pulpits.

As much as this biography was an introduction to a great man of faith, this was an unexpected exploration of innovation in the context of public speaking, specifically preaching. Fascinating read.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fascinating little book which gave insights into the life, theology and preaching philosophy of one of the great preachers of the twentieth century. Martin Lloyd-Jones was not known for brevity so having a somewhat concise summary of his thoughts on various theological topics was enriching and, at times, convicting. One drawback of this book, that I felt was fairly minor, but which I still noticed was that it seemed to restate ideas and I felt it could have been organized better to avoid that.
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Dr. Steven J. Lawson is the Senior Pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, having served as a pastor in Arkansas and Alabama for the past twenty-nine years. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University (B.B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Reformed Theological Seminary (D. Min.)

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“For many years I thought I was a Christian when in fact I was not. It was only later that I came to see that I had never been a Christian and became one.… What I needed was preaching that would convict me of sin.… But I never heard this. The preaching we had was always based on the assumption that we were all Christians.” 2 likes
“Lloyd-Jones believed the man who is called to preach comes under a sobering humility. He believed that this person is overwhelmed with a deep sense of his own personal unworthiness for such a high and holy task and is often hesitant to move forward to preach for fear of his own inadequacies.” 2 likes
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