Diagnosing the Need
A Sermon on Mark 9:28-29
And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” (ESV)
Are you burdened by the condition of this world? Are you concerned with the present problems of this age? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones introduces a sermon series on revival by discussing some common misconceptions about apologetics and evangelism in today’s age. By using the illustration seen in Mark 9:28-29, he acknowledges that there are indeed different times, which require different means of actions. The church and its members often rush to fix a problem before properly diagnosing the issue. Just as Jesus did in Mark, we need to be reminded that we must have understanding in our approach. So, as you are confronted by the way certain people live, be mindful that each case is different. In speaking about apologetics, Dr. Lloyd-Jones discusses a common error of the church trying to make the faith relevant in today’s culture. Some say that newer Bible translations or better church advertising would cause revival. However, are those targeting the root of the modern problem? Revival comes only by the power from God. As we feel burdened or pressed of the condition of this world, we need to be in constant prayer for power and guidance for the Lord.