Book of Acts
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False ideas about the making of a Christian; Christianity an exclusive and intolerant teaching; a Christian is not ashamed to be associated with Christ; the Christian will be present on the day of victory.
What is the first task of the local church? While some may say that more doing, or serving the world, is the first task of the church, but Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones shows us something different from the Bible. As the Doctor exposits from Acts 6:1-2, he argues that the priority of the church is not philanthropy but it instead must be preaching. It is clear that the early apostles chose to preach rather than to “do good in the world” because they saw the greatest and primary need in the world was not lack of help but lack of repentance. Acts 6:1-2 becomes a model for current Christians and churches to follow. The first and primary task of the church should reflect the fundamental need of man, which is hearing God’s Word. While the church should not neglect in doing good and serving others, it also should also not forget the role of preaching as only God’s Word has the power to change people for their greatest benefit.
Revelation and inspiration explained; the word of God can be defined; modernist; liberal interpretation refuted; the importance of of neither adding to; nor subtracting from; the Gospel message; the message starts with God.
The exclusiveness of the Apostles' message; the Bible not a record of men's search for God; the Bible a record of God coming down to save; sin an insult to God; Jesus; the sacrifice accepted by God.
The priorities of the Christian life, according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones, are the Gospel and prayer! The Doctor continues his series on the book of Acts and here, he specifically looks at the apostles’ emphasis on prayer. “Even Orthodoxy is not enough.” says Lloyd-Jones, “It needs prayer” The early church knew that they ought to pray and preach the Word of God because the primary task of the church is to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. But how? How should they faithfully fulfill this purpose? The Doctor compares this dilemma with the modern church and strictly warns against churches relying on the method of men rather than on the method of God. While the method of men will try to improve their own abilities and comfort in communication and programs, the method of God ultimately seeks after God’s power, wisdom and Spirit to work in the hearts of men. By praying, the apostles sought power and strength from God’s Spirit to change the people’s hearts. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones urges and pleads the Christians to show dependence on God through prayer.
Regeneration evidenced by obedience; obedience to the faith; four examples of what is not evidence of conversion; essence of sin; the test of obedience.
New ideas in the Church; the Gospel of God; knowledge and power through the Gospel; disciples as students; the glory of the Gospel