The Growth of the Church
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:20-22
built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (ESV)
Have you ever longed to be part of something more? According to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, every Christian is a part of “something more”—the Church. And this church is described as a “temple” in Ephesians 2:21. The Doctor desires to dive deeper into this illustration given by Paul, and help the Christian understand the privilege and responsibility that comes with being a part of the church. First, He notes that in temple construction the stones would be hewn before they were brought to the temple structure. From this he draws several principles. One, there is work done by the Holy Spirit prior to entrance to the Church—The Holy Spirit saves the soul. Each Christian has been fashioned spiritually by God, and in a way that won't make sense to the watching world. According to the Doctor, this is not because Christianity is irrational, but because it is supra-rational. Also, the church is not simply a group of stones thrown together, but a group of stones fashioned together by the builder. The church consists of believers. Therefore, the Doctor argues that God is not interested in a big church, but a holy church. He’s not interested in how many are on the church roles, but how many “believe right doctrine and live accordingly.”
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.