A Sermon on Acts 2:46-47
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (ESV)
In this Easter day sermon Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims the centrality of praise in the Christian life. He says that praise is one of the marks of a true Christian that has been transformed by the Holy Spirit. For even the demons believe that God exists, but only Christians who know God as Savior and Lord can praise Him in truth and joy. This desire to praise God flows from the great salvation that He has granted us in His Son, Christ Jesus. It is by grace and grace alone that we have been regenerated and adopted into God’s family as sons and heirs with Christ. It is the great and glorious truth that we praise God for. He is to be praised for his grace and mercy that he has granted us. The apostolic church in Acts 2:46-47 lived out this great truth in the ministries and lives of its people. The preaching of the apostles on the day of Pentecost is driven by their desire to see the lord and savior praised by all men. The church of today and of all times must behold the greatness of God and his Son, they must praise him for all his great works of mercy. Only by seeking the glory of God in truth can the church of today be a bold witness of Christ and his Gospel.