God's Way of Salvation
A Sermon on Acts 6:2-7
And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.
And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. (ESV)
How does one respond to the Gospel? What should the attitude be towards Jesus Christ? Dr. Lloyd-Jones looks at Acts 5:41-42 and directs our attention to our own hearts and attitudes toward Christ. Do we view Jesus like the Sanhedrin or the apostles? Do we trust, love, and rejoice in Christ? While the Sanhedrins believed in the existence of God, they rejected Jesus the Son, and His atoning work on the cross. The apostles, on the other hand, had a different response — they believed in Jesus the Messiah. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones describes how Christians should live in light of the Gospel. Christians should rejoice and glorify Christ, ready to suffer in His Name. His Name is worthy of our suffering and our lives because, as Christians, Christ is all we have.