Book of Ephesians
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There are often two types of people within Christianity. There are those who focus primarily on intellect and right doctrine and they forget about right living. And there are those who focus primarily on mystical experiences concerning God and they forget about right doctrine. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones introduces the second half of Ephesians by giving a clear connection between both right doctrine and right living. Lloyd-Jones challenges the listener to read the Bible rightly within its context because it is the doctrine and the truths of Scripture that should inform our living. These two truths should not be separated, rather they are connected in a way that motivates sanctification. Learning doctrine and experiencing the blessings of God is not sanctification, instead they stimulate sanctification just as the sun and the rain stimulates the growth of a plant. Lloyd-Jones questions the listener by asking if they truly believe the glorious truths covered in the previous three chapters of Ephesians. If they do, then the logical conclusion is that they must act upon those truths with the practical application that Paul gives in the last three chapters. Be encouraged by this exhortation to work out your salvation by both learning right doctrine and living obediently to the Word of God.
The Christian life is not to be lived in a purely intellectual way, nor is it to be lived in a way that forgets about doctrine. The Christian life is to be lived worthy of the calling to which we have been called. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives clarity to how we are to walk worthy, and the calling to which we have been called. Lloyd-Jones begins by giving two definitions for the word worthy. First, is simply to have equal weight. As Christians the way that we walk worthy is by placing equal emphasis on both doctrine and practice. The second definition is becoming, or proper. It is proper to wear matching clothes. In the same way, it is proper for our life to match our doctrine. Doctrine must come first as the foundational garment, and the life comes second as the adorning garment. The second word the Doctor focuses on is calling. God has called us with an effectual call, and through this call he has saved us to himself. He has called us to be holy, to be a royal priesthood, to be his sons and daughters, to be co-heirs of Christ’s inheritance, and so much more. Because of this calling we are to walk in a manner that is worthy and pleasing to God.
Do you ever struggle to get along with a brother or sister in Christ? Conflict is an ongoing part of life today, just as it was for the church at Ephesus. This challenging message by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones opens Paul's letter to the Ephesians and address how Believers can live in unity and peace. Rather than ignore sin or avoid confrontation, we must quickly exhort and forgive one another, guarding the unity of the Spirit, and guarding the fellowship of believers. This is supernatural unity that can only belong to those indwelt with the Spirit. Therefore, to not guard this unity is actually a grievance to the Holy Spirit. So how can we guard our Holy Spirit unity? Lloyd-Jones proclaims that being humble, gentle, patient, and bearing with one another are critical characteristics of believing relationships. We must do this because we love one another and we desire to guard our unity. Just as parents humbly serve and instruct their children with patience and gentleness, we must do the same thing with our brothers and sisters in Christ. This sermon will be a great encouragement to your personal fellowship with the church body.
Have you ever felt like your role in the church doesn't matter? In this encouraging sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones unpacks Ephesians 4:4-6 to show four principles that prove the importance of every believer in the church. He begins by explaining the organic nature of the church, that every member is a completely new creation in Christ. Just as a baby is formed by a single cell, so also the church is created new in a single man, Christ Jesus. Secondly, the church is by nature diverse and unified. Just as a body is made up of many parts, so also is the church made up of many members with different roles. If it were not for the different parts of the body, then the body would be useless. Third, the body is interdependent. Each part of the body depends on the other. If one member suffers, the other members suffer. If one member is honored, the other members rejoice in it as well. Lastly, the body works toward the same end, and that is that the wisdom of God might be made known to the rulers and authorities of the heavenly places. This sermon will be an encouragement to all members of the body of Christ, for the simple fact that we are the body of Christ and we are a significant member.
The Holy Spirit enable the Lord to function; one Holy Spirit; but a multiplicity of evil spirits; the Church likened to a building; the visible Church contains many who are unregenerate; the first work of the Spirit; conviction of sin; the second work of the Spirit; incorporating the new believer into the body of Christ : the Church; the Spirit animates the life of the whole body.
The unity of the Church derives from the Holy Trinity; the important distinction between the ordinary and the extra-ordinary work of the Holy Spirit; the difference between an evangelistic rally and a revival; Catholic; sacramental and evangelical teaching; and their bearing on revival; a second Pentecost; the examples of revivals in history emphasise the unity of the Church; the need for revival today.
The importance of asking Scripture questions; the sealing and the earnest of the Spirit a foretaste of the inheritance to come; the inheritance that is the 'hope of our calling'; all conversions are identical in the ultimate sense : the basis of our equality; our need to look not at what we were called from; but what we are called to; the danger of divisions; we shall be like Him.
Jesus; the Head of the Church; what is the meaning of 'one Lord'? Christianity is a relationship with the person of Christ; Christ is Christianity; the uniqueness of His work and person; only as we understand this do we really begin to understand the true nature of the Church; the one and only mediator between God and man; the believer is owned by Christ.
Various understandings of the term 'one faith' examined; the Apostle uses this term as an argument for unity; one faith; justifying faith; the essence of the Gospel referred to in this term; righteousness comes to us by the instrumentality of faith; which is itself God's gift; no way of salvation except the 'one faith'; the danger of adding to the 'one faith' : the heresy of Roman Catholicism.
False teaching of baptismal regeneration; baptism not essential to salvation; the outward representatives of an inner and unseen spiritual grace; baptism is only into the name of Jesus; baptism signifies that one no longer belongs to the world; the Christian has died and risen with Christ; joined to Him and in Him; only one Lord and only one life; the Son of God.