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. The Doctor 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.