Power ... and the Resurrection
A Sermon on Acts 4:29-33Read more
There is so much confusion within and without the church today as to the message of Christianity. In the sermon “Power … and the Resurrection,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the account of the early church’s first experience of persecution in Acts 4:29–33. In the passage, a group of people were gripped by not a mere experience but historical fact – the fact of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This series of events that the early church witnessed completely changed their lives and everything about them. In their hour of trial, they simply asked for more power to continue telling others of these events. In this modern time, when personal experience is valued above all else and facts are disregarded, Christians must follow the early church’s example and hold to historical facts. The fact is the Son of God has come into the world. He died, was buried, and was raised from the dead to save His people from their enemies, provide complete redemption, and ultimately prove He is who He said He is. He is coming again to judge all humanity.
Additional Scripture Translations
Acts 4:29-33, New American Standard Bible
29And now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant it to Your bond-servants to speak Your word with all confidence, 30while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” 31And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
Sharing among Believers
32And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. 33And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.
Acts 4:29-33, King James Version
29And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
31¶ And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. 32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 33And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
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.