The Church and the World
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:13
until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, (ESV)
What is the church’s role in the world? In an environment that is becoming increasingly secularized, how should the body of believers see itself when thinking about how to share Christ with the world? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches on this vitally important subject from Ephesians 4:13. Scripture communicates eternal truth; it is relevant for every point of our lives—right down to the small details. A big failure of the church today, he says, is that it does not speak with authority on issues Scripture addresses. Instead of taking commands from the Bible, many believers derive them from their own philosophizing— in this way, we fail to proclaim the message of Scripture and instead preach the standards of the world. But, what is God’s plan for the world? This plan is the only message for the world in the New Testament— that everyone is in need of a savior and must turn to Jesus for forgiveness of their sins. Our God is coming back again, and our task as believers is to grow in Christlikeness until he comes. We are to show the world what it means to grow in the Lord as we await his coming for his bride, the church.