The Work of the Spirit in the Church
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)
What exactly is a church? Perhaps some are tempted to reference the building where people gather together to worship God. However, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows from Scripture, it is actually the body of believers in Jesus Christ. But if the church is a body, where did it come from, and who or what gives it life? The answer is the Holy Spirit, and in this sermon from Ephesians 4:4-6, Dr. Lloyd-Jones helps us understand the role that the Holy Spirit plays in the life of the church. First, He brings unity through the conviction of sin— this unites believers because when people realize how sinful they are before God, they realize that they have nothing of their own accord to cling to, thus driving them to their knees before the cross of Christ. Second, the Holy Spirit is the one who gives people a new life in Christ. Third, He gives people faith and enables them to have understanding of the ways of God. Fourth, He unites people to Christ and incorporates them into the church. Finally, The Doctor says, the Holy Spirit animates the life of the church. Like the blood in our bodies, He is the unifying presence that makes all believers one. Listen as Lloyd-Jones explains the importance of the Holy Spirit to the vitality of the church.
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.