The Sermon and Preaching
What is preaching? This is the question in focus for Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he begins this sermon. He says the preacher is the man to deliver the message from God to the people. The preacher is an ambassador for Christ. He’s not there to entertain people toward Christ. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that preaching is a transaction where the people are given the mind of God through the written Word, explained by a faithful preacher. The danger arrives when preaching is replaced by digital versions, print versions, group discussions, and therapy sessions that foster opinion. The eternal, holy God is not up for debate! We are dealing with the living God and we must never approach the subject in the cavalier manner as if His very existence were up for debate. Since the heart of preaching addresses man’s eternal destiny and design, we cannot reduce this message to a trivial discussion. There is no neutral point where Christian and non-Christian can meet. There’s no morally neutral ground that they can agree on since one is of darkness and the other is of light. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians, God uses the foolish to expose the supposedly wise. Too much of the world today – and the church today – want to make a rebellious man look wise. Apart from humility, man will never understand revelation. Jesus Himself thanked God that He hid the Gospel from the “wise” and revealed it to "babies." As Dr. Lloyd-Jones concludes, true preaching lifts up Christ so that He draws people to salvation.
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.