The Church and Her Future
A Sermon on Acts 12:5
So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. (ESV)
Have you ever been laughed at or ridiculed for your faith? Have you noticed that the culture tends to make Christianity out to be for fools? In this sermon on persecution and the church, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones lays out a strategy for how the church can prevail in the struggle. One of the most critical parts in this battle, he says, is to identify the character and power of the forces against us. The Doctor encourages Christians that behind the appearance of confidence of those opposed to the gospel is nervousness. This nervousness is driven by their rebellion against God and awareness that God opposes sin. This is seen today, and it is also seen in how Christians were treated in the New Testament. The second strategy Lloyd-Jones alerts the listener to is the utilization of prayer. The early church employed this tactic early and often, and God rewarded their diligence. However, it is not enough to just petition God for things. The Doctor asks us a serious question—do we really believe in God’s power to accomplish what He is capable of? If so, we as Christians truly have nothing to fear. Wherever you are currently at in your walk with Christ, this sermon will give you hope and encourage you to stand your ground and trust the Lord while living in the midst of a hostile culture.