The Sheep and the Shepherd
A Sermon on Acts 8:30
So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” (ESV)
The Gospel is not just another philosophical school of thought for the wise and intellectual, but it comes to the weak and the outcast. It comes by way, not of conquest and war, but through the death of a man upon a cross. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones boldly proclaims from Acts 8:30, Jesus Christ came into this world to die a criminal’s death upon the cross of Calvary so that many would believe and be saved. This is contrary to the thinking of many modern men. They expect the world’s problems to be solved through clever plans and lofty ideals not known to previous generations. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ contradicts this notion, for it says that the only means of salvation is a crucified Messiah who was not trained in the great philosophical schools of the day. He did not come to deliver some revolutionary teaching, but he came to fulfill all that had been said of him in the Law and the prophets. His disciples were not of the Pharisees and philosophers, but they were fisherman. It is this message that confounds the worldly wisdom of men, but it is this message alone that can save men from their sins and the judgment awaiting them.
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.