Practical Application of Doctrine
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:1
Unity in the Body of Christ
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, (ESV)
There are often two types of people within Christianity. There are those who focus primarily on intellect and right doctrine and they forget about right living. And there are those who focus primarily on mystical experiences concerning God and they forget about right doctrine. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones introduces the second half of Ephesians by giving a clear connection between both right doctrine and right living. Lloyd-Jones challenges the listener to read the Bible rightly within its context because it is the doctrine and the truths of Scripture that should inform our living. These two truths should not be separated, rather they are connected in a way that motivates sanctification. Learning doctrine and experiencing the blessings of God is not sanctification, instead they stimulate sanctification just as the sun and the rain stimulates the growth of a plant. Lloyd-Jones questions the listener by asking if they truly believe the glorious truths covered in the previous three chapters of Ephesians. If they do, then the logical conclusion is that they must act upon those truths with the practical application that Paul gives in the last three chapters. Be encouraged by this exhortation to work out your salvation by both learning right doctrine and living obediently to the Word of God.