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Sermon #1081

The Church and the World

A Sermon on John 1:26-33

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John 1:26-33 ESV NASB KJV
John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ (ESV)


Has religion become something “formal” that is only done on certain occasions? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says this one of the greatest of all curses. Listen to this sermon on John 1:26–33 titled “The Church and the World” about how a Christian’s interaction with the world is their “witness.” Scriptures depict the Christian as a rejoicing person. No one can be an accurate and adequate witness of God without first receiving the Spirit’s power described here through baptism. The world often characterizes evangelicals as being so inwardly focused that they are not concerned about the world, but this is a myth. Dr. Lloyd-Jones touches on the “social gospel” and the gradual drifting of focus and influence of the church over time. Why does the church have such little influence today? This sermon pulls from the illustrations of the past to see how the influence of individuals has churned up the power to “turn the world upside down.” What is the business of the function of the church? It is to produce Christian people; this is where focus has been lost. The Christian must know what they believe, so that they can be the witness God has called them to be. By living differently, Christians can provide a radically different explanation for the difficult realities – death, calamity, hardship – and by this, to be the salt and the light of the earth.


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.