Get Thee Out of Thy Country
A Sermon on Acts 7:1-3
1Now the high priest said, “Are these things so?”
2And Stephen said, “Listen to me, brothers and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, 3and He said to him, ‘Go from your country and your relatives, and come to the land which I will show you.’
1Then said the high priest, Are these things so? 2And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, 3And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.
The Christian must ask themselves: “Are you ready to truly follow God? What if it costs you everything? Will we then continue to follow Him?” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones describes the call of God on Abraham that caused him to flee his home country and land. This was a call to abandon all he knew including his nation, religion, and kindred. This was a call to serve God above all and this same type of call is upon everyone who follows Christ today. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones walks through Christ’s call to flee this world and pursue Christ and His kingdom. It requires service to God alone as the only true Sovereign. This is a hard message to heed when it is easy to think about the world and its concerns alone. It is easy to see the church as nothing more than a source of moral transformation in a society like any other social institution. But this is all wrong. The church has been entrusted with the gospel of Jesus Christ and this gospel calls all to come out of the world. It calls them to reject the thinking philosophy of the world. It calls to serve God as Lord over the whole world. The Christian should not hesitate to flee from this world and its vain ways, for they have a new citizenship in heaven.
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.