The Power and the Possibilities
A Sermon on Genesis 26:17-18
So Isaac departed from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there. And Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them. (ESV)
What are the needs of the Church today? Have the needs of the Church changed since early Christianity? Does the Church face the same issues as it did since it first began? These are some of the questions Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers as he dives into Genesis 26:17-18. As Isaac dug again the wells of his father Abraham, the Church must also dig again the wells that have been filled by modern Philistines through rediscovering the history of the Church. “There is nothing so foolish as to ignore the past.” It is wise to study the pattern of Revival as they have taken place, so as to expose the one main issue that hinders the growth of the Church, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones makes clear, “My dear friends, there is only one explanation of the state of the church today: it is the work of the Philistines.” He explains that the Church doesn’t seem to see this, and instead puts the blame on false ideas such as the modern day or “new knowledge”. We must recognize that man’s problem is still the same, God is the same, and the solution of the problem is the same; Jesus Christ.
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.