We Shall Be Like Him
A Sermon on Romans 8:18
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV)
Why does the church of our day seem to be so ineffective and weak? The answer that Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives is simple, the church does not behold the glory of God, and so they are not transformed by the glory of God. The modern church focuses on plans and schemes in order to reach the world. But Dr. Lloyd-Jones explores the fatal flaws of this approach to ministry. The world needs to see a church that looks to God and beholds His power and glory. The church should come to see the futility of worldly means of evangelism and outreach, and they should see the power of God working in Christ as not only the greatest means of reaching the world, but as the only power that the church has. The Church must rely on the Spirits working in the life of believers and the Gospel message to reach the world. Dr. Lloyd-Jones argues that this has always the case. The greatest revivals were not brought about by the plans of man, but by the Spirit working in the lives of Christians who had beholden the glory of God and been transformed by this glory. So, if the church is to reach the world it must forsake all earthly means of evangelism and look to the power and glory of Christ.