Do This in Remembrance of Me
A Sermon on Acts 2:41-42
41So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. 42They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
41¶ Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
What is the church’s message? Some say it is to forget the past and that it must decide what the church is today. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues that instead it must go back to the past and to the only authoritative source: the Bible, specifically the Acts of the Apostles. Referencing Acts 2:41–42 in this sermon titled “Do This in Remembrance of Me,” Dr. Lloyd-Jones notes that all humanity’s trouble arise because they are ignorant of God. To understand the modern world, it is this: the wrath of God is revealed against ungodliness. They are not only sinful but helpless and cannot save themselves. The church declares and demonstrates that God has done it all, and this can be seen particularly in the Communion service. There are three reasons the early church practiced Communion: first and ultimately, because Jesus commanded them in order to preserve doctrine. Secondly, Jesus instituted it to preserve the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace. Finally, He established it to remember Him and all that He represented. This is the great message of the Christian church: Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, sent into the world to save humanity. This is what the early church and the Christian church have been looking back to ever since.
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.