The Marks and Government of the Church
Jesus Christ is the leader of the church! Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones delves into the practical aspects of why and how Christ created and leads His church. If you want to know the characteristics of a biblical church and how it is to function in this world, this sermon is for you. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains, a church exists to preach the Word, for the upholding of the saints and the strengthening of faith, for evangelism, for administration of the sacraments and for the exercise of discipline. This last characteristic is key, and is most often overlooked by Christians. The global church suffers due to it not exercising discipline. Church discipline is commanded for those who call themselves Christians yet live or teach contrary to Scripture. The apostle Paul repeated this command, warning that a church entangled in the ways and thoughts of the world will not be a channel through which the Holy Spirit works. Lloyd-Jones surveys various views on church governance including the Presbyterian and Catholic views. Choosing a biblical church is an incredibly important part of being a Christian, and this sermon by Martyn Lloyd-Jones helps educate believers on certain traits to look for in biblical churches.
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.