The Church and Her Future
A Sermon on Acts 12:5Read more
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. Dr. Lloyd-Jones 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. Dr. Lloyd-Jones 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.
Additional Scripture Translations
Acts 12:5, New American Standard Bible
5So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made to God intensely by the church.
Acts 12:5, King James Version
5Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.