Book of Acts
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Life is volatile and we do not know what each day holds. What if there is another terrorist attack? What if I lose my job? We often imagine that the worst could happen, and The Doctor points out that, in some sense, the worst will happen—we will die. However, if one lives in light of this reality he or she begins to understand that the gospel is of utmost importance and living in light of the gospel is required. Specifically, right doctrine should lead to a life of prayer. In Acts 2:41-42, we are given a list of activities that the early church was doing: “they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” This last character trait is what Dr. Jones expounds on. As to the importance of prayer he states, “There is no more thorough test of our profession of Christianity than just this: where does prayer come into it?”. Next, he proceeds to address three main questions: “what is prayer?,” “why pray?,” and “how can anyone pray?”. On the last issue he notes that it is impossible to pray if God did not intervene. Our only hope of coming before a holy God is through the blood of Christ (Heb. 10).
In the midst of a world filled with unhappiness and calamity, how can one possibly find joy? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones offers this type of lasting joy that the apostles experienced in the early church and cannot come from entertainment, momentary pleasure, or even the contemporary church, but instead from the truth found in God’s Word. How wonderful it is to have the kind of freeing joy that is based not upon our own efforts, but on what Jesus has done for our sake! The type of joy expressed in this message is contingent upon the Christian’s recognition of who they are apart from Christ, an awe for the Lord in his might, and a thankfulness for what the Lord has laid up for all those who believe! This joy brings the believer to praise and glorify the Lord. Yet happiness is not the goal, but a result of those that seek after righteousness. As the disciples seek after righteousness, The Doctor concludes, they are able to maintain joy in all circumstances because of the freedom they have received from the time they were delivered from sin forevermore. It is this kind of authentic joy that distinguishes true Christianity.
Searching man; warring elements in man; the unity of the New Testament Church; renewal of the mind; singleness of mind and heart.
In this Easter day sermon Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims the centrality of praise in the Christian life. He says that praise is one of the marks of a true Christian that has been transformed by the Holy Spirit. For even the demons believe that God exists, but only Christians who know God as Savior and Lord can praise Him in truth and joy. This desire to praise God flows from the great salvation that He has granted us in His Son, Christ Jesus. It is by grace and grace alone that we have been regenerated and adopted into God’s family as sons and heirs with Christ. It is the great and glorious truth that we praise God for. He is to be praised for his grace and mercy that he has granted us. The apostolic church in Acts 2:46-47 lived out this great truth in the ministries and lives of its people. The preaching of the apostles on the day of Pentecost is driven by their desire to see the lord and savior praised by all men. The church of today and of all times must behold the greatness of God and his Son, they must praise him for all his great works of mercy. Only by seeking the glory of God in truth can the church of today be a bold witness of Christ and his Gospel.