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Sermons on Authority

Series Summary

We live in a world where authority is in crisis. This collection of 7 sermons on authority by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones provides a biblical perspective on this important topic.

Dr. Lloyd-Jones recognizes that authority is a fundamental issue in our society today. In a society where authority is viewed with suspicion, often the authority of the Bible has been called into question also. Furthermore, when the church loses its sense of divine authority, a disordered and dehumanized society has been the result.

In this collection of sermons on authority, Dr. Lloyd-Jones challenges these issues and shows that the only road to recovery is to reassert the divine authority of Christ, His Word, and His Spirit. Including the sermons that went on to form Dr. Lloyd-Jones book, Authority, these sermons provide a simple solution to this crisis of the church and society. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones faces this issue head on and discusses how authority operates within the church, the divine authority of Scripture, the gospel, and the Holy Spirit, and how Christians can approach the issue of authority in their personal lives.


The Authority of The Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

Biblical authority lies at the center of evangelical identity. Without the authority of the Scriptures, the normative claims of the faith are severely undermined. While the authority of the Scriptures should be fought for, defended, and part of convictional orthodoxy, in this sermon on 1 Corinthians 2:4–5, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds believers it is possible to hold to the authority of the Scriptures and yet have a dead, lifeless orthodoxy. It is only when the authority of the Holy Spirit is affirmed and applied that we see the Christian faith lived with power. In this message, Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches in the hard truth that evangelical Christianity, in its concern over “enthusiastic” religion and emotionalism, responded negatively by down-playing the importance of the Holy Spirit’s power. Instead of searching for the God-given means of power for evangelism and cultural impact, the church sought it in education, social reform, advertising, and other dignified or respectable means. Dr. Lloyd-Jones questions if Christians are guilty of quenching the Spirit through such action. In this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones also surveys the Scriptures, noting the authority of the Spirit in the believer’s conversion, assurance, Scriptural illumination, apologetic, and evangelism. Listen as he makes a compelling case to reassert the authority of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church.