A Sermon on Ephesians 4:4-6
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (ESV)
Revival. Many Christians today are praying for it. What is it, and what is the role of the Holy Spirit in it? Is revival something that is predictable? In this sermon from Ephesians 4:4-6, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones tackles these questions and more. “The one supreme need of the church,” The Doctor says, “is revival.” It is its only hope. What is revival? He defines it as the repetition to some degree of what happened at Pentecost, where the Holy Spirit fell on a number of people at the same time. According to Lloyd-Jones, revival serves two purposes: It raises the church to a new level of experience, and it brings those outside the church to repentance. Many Christians are wary of deep emotions in their Christian walk, and thus are afraid in a sense of revival coming. But is this biblical? In addition to walking through biblical support for revival, The Doctor reminds us that “the history of the church is a history of revivals.” What does the history of revivals teach us? Ultimately, it shows us that they are a work of God, not of man, and that it is our responsibility as Christians to pray earnestly for them. Listen as Lloyd-Jones answers common questions related to revival and its place in the life of the church.