A Charge to the Church
A Sermon on Acts 2:42
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)
Does your church really matter? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us what the church is, why it exists, and why it is important. One of the primary reasons that a church exists is for the preaching of God’s Word. Teaching directly from Acts 2:42, he points out that the early church “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Many churches today gather in ways to increase the entertainment value for the congregation. While Christian fellowship in a church is an extremely vital part of a Christian’s walk, this must not outweigh and overshadow the necessity of going to church to worship with other believers and to hear God’s Word preached. The Doctor says that one of the great characteristics of the early church was that they were always meeting, but while the early church did gather for fellowship, Lloyd-Jones points out that Acts 2:42 clearly states that they were primarily concerned with worship and hearing God’s Word. Why else does a church exist? A church, or gathering of believers, is a community that the gospel can be lived out through and lost people can be introduced to. Thus, churches serve incredibly important roles as lights to the world. Listen as Lloyd-Jones expounds on these points and shows how a church can be used to further God’s kingdom!