Saints ... and Faithful in Christ Jesus
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:1Read more
What is the minimum of what it means to be a Christian? This is the pressing question Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones asks as this sermon begins. Three striking descriptions are proclaimed from this text: saints, faithful and union with Christ. Lloyd-Jones centers his sermon around these descriptors and shows what the apostle Paul meant by these terms. While many Christians have a tendency to emphasize one of these descriptions over against the other, Lloyd-Jones calls us to hold these together. The failure to do so is damaging to the church as Christianity is reduced to either some form of “easy believism” or an academic exercise. Correct doctrine, holiness and participation in Christ must be at the center of our definition of Christian. If we have a burden for the lost, says Lloyd-Jones, then Christians must know who we are and what we are called to be. Having a robust understanding of what it means to be a Christian has a direct effect on our witness to the world.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 1:1, New American Standard Bible
The Blessings of Redemption
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are at Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
Ephesians 1:1, King James Version
1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
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.