The Christians Priorities
A Sermon on Ephesians 6:5-9
Bondservants and Masters
Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him. (ESV)
The goal of the Church is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to sinners. This is the central message of the church as proclaimed by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones from Ephesians 6:5-9. The church is never to use its voice as just another platform of social and political change. But sadly, many Christians are willing to minimize the proclamation of the Gospel for the sake of political commentary and cultural influence. For when Christians do this, they often alienate those that they seek to evangelize by criticizing their political and social position. As a result, the lost and unbelievers think that the church is just another activist organization trying to convince them of another perspective on government of economic policies. But the times when Christians had the greatest influence in society were not when they were concerned with politics and social change first and foremost, but when they proclaimed the Gospel of the forgiveness of sins and the coming Kingdom of God. This call to singular focus by Dr. Lloyd-Jones could not be more fitting, since believers must think scripturally about all matters if we are to truly impact our world and work for Christ. The church must never shrink from proclaiming the whole Gospel of God and the glorious news of salvation in Jesus Christ for all who believe.
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.