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Preached at West Street Baptist Church; Crewe; in 1977.
What is the Church’s greatest weapon? Some may say organizations or church events, but Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues in his sermon on Acts 12:5 that “our ultimate weapon is that of prayer.” The church has been through hard times since its existence, and Dr. Lloyd-Jones notes that it is helpful to realize how the church has handled it in the past. In verse five, we are given the answer to how the early church handled persecution— they prayed. Dr. Lloyd-Jones seeks to deal with two aspects of prayer from Acts 12— “How does God answer prayer?” And “When does God answer prayer?”. First, concerning the text, Peter was in prison during the last night of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and therefore could not be put to death, but would the next day. In light of this, Dr. Lloyd-Jones takes note of Peter’s ability to sleep— it was a gift from God. Also, God answered through the miraculous, as can clearly be seen by his escape. Dr. Lloyd-Jones challenges us to have faith and expect answers to our prayers. Second, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues from this text that God sometimes waits until the last moment to answer prayer in order to test and train us.
How the Gospel Spreads; they 'gossiped' the Word; a simple message; their motivation; full of the Spirit.
Paul's problem-solving method; the greatest problem; the apostle's picture; is God among us? some examples; the need for discipline; the need for edification; how the stranger tests; that's the Church.
The church at a low point; look for the cause; realisation of the presence; having much is not enough; the church has forgotten God; sensitivity to the presence; missing his departure; humbled by God's presence; lack of good teaching; obey his commands and pray.
A solemn warning; a glimpse of greatness; a great author; a great danger; a great future; a great preparation; a great saviour. (51 minutes long)
Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches on Luther and the Protestant Reformation at Westminster Chapel.