A Sermon on Ephesians 2:20-22Read more
“How can we have unity without uniformity?” In Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ final sermon on Ephesians 2, this is the question that he seeks to answer. His desire is to look at application of Ephesians 2:20-22, namely the work of the Holy Spirit in building the church. First, according to Dr. Lloyd-Jones, we must not let others dictate our callings. As he states, there is a danger to just doing “the thing to do.” Each Christian has a responsibility before God to obey him, and him only. Even the thing that seems like a reasonable call for a person may not be their call at all. By way of illustration, he uses his own call. After leaving his profession as a doctor for ministry, he was pressured by an executive in a missionary organization to become a medical missionary, instead of a pastor. Dr. Lloyd-Jones found this to be biblically ignorant action because the calling of God is between God and the person being called. Also, Dr. Lloyd-Jones discusses evangelism, and several ways that Christians can be faithful. First, he notes that evangelism should an overflow of the Holy Spirit’s presence, not an endeavor to simply know all the answers. Second, faithfulness can be seen in being a good listener, faithful church attendance, and other such “small” tasks.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 2:20-22, New American Standard Bible
20having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, 21in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:20-22, King James Version
20And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
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.