The Church and Doctrine
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)
Many people go to church, but have no idea what church actually is! In this sermon from Acts 2:41-42, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones sets before us what he calls “the great, most important question we must face at this time — What is the church?” To answer this, he explores what it means to be a Christian, and delves into refuting theological liberalism which seeks to redefine what Christian faith and the Christian Church are. His chief concern is that the Church is herself undermining Christian doctrine, yet rails against increasing societal immorality. In his estimation, within the Church there are those who decry moral decay but do not recognize that their rejection of apostolic doctrine is the key contributing factor to the mounting immorality of society. In his estimation, the Christian Church has been the institution which has most contributed to declining moral standards in recent generations through theological and academic exploits in so-called “higher criticism”. He draws examples from the Old Testament and secular history to underscore his point that Biblical, apostolic doctrine is necessary for practical morality. He affirms we must reject the modern suggestion that we don't need the apostles’ doctrine, we only need ethical teaching. Such a premise, in his understanding, is built on a false and unrealistic concept of human nature.