Do This in Remembrance of Me
A Sermon on Acts 2:41-42
So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
The Fellowship of the Believers
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (ESV)
What is the Church’s message? Some say it is to forget the past; we must decide what the church is today. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues, instead, that we must go back to the past, to the only authoritative source we have: the Bible. Specifically, the book of the Acts of the Apostles. Referencing Acts 2:41-42, Dr. Lloyd-Jones notes that all humanity’s trouble arises because man is ignorant of God. To understand the modern world, it is this: the wrath of God is revealed among men against ungodliness. We are not only sinful but helpless, and cannot save ourselves. The Church declares and demonstrates, particularly in the Communion service, that God has done it all for us. There are three reasons the Early Church practiced Communion: first and ultimately, because Jesus commanded them in order to preserve doctrine. Secondly, Jesus instituted it to preserve the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace. Finally, He established it to remember Him, and all that He represented. This is the great message of the Christian church: Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, sent into the world to save mankind from the predicament we are in. This is what the Early Church and the Christian church have been looking back to ever since.