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Itinerant Preaching

Series Summary

A collection of 85 sermons that Martyn Lloyd-Jones preached between 1957 and 1980 at various churches and colleges; outside of his main ministry at Westminster Chapel.


The Doctrine of the Church

Pensacola Theological Institute Acts 2:42

Unity for the sake of unity is a current cultural movement. The culture encourages unity, to avoid division, to love everyone, and let others live as they please. According to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, this movement isn’t confined to secular spheres of influence. It is also present in local churches. There is a great movement underway among churches to be ecumenical; that is, to focus on fellowship, love, and unity across all denominations rather than focusing on doctrinal differences. It is the idea that fellowship must come before doctrine and this movement needs careful consideration. The foundational issue at stake concerns the teaching found in the Bible about the doctrine of the church. What is a church? What are its objectives and goals? What does it provide and how does it function? As Dr. Lloyd-Jones examines the early church in this sermon from Acts 2:42, he focuses on the importance of correct doctrine for the life of the church. Doctrine is held in high regard and is the most important feature of the biblical text. The apostolic teaching and focus on doctrine must have preeminence and then, following from necessity, comes fellowship within congregations. If fellowship is allowed to reign over doctrine, confusion and compromise is invited into its midst. This allows the thinking and desires of humanity to direct actions, rather than the supremacy of Scripture.

How to Take the Christian Message to the Masses

West Street Baptist Church Daniel 6:1-28

Throughout daily living, how might a Christian best take the message of Jesus Christ to the lost? In this sermon on Daniel 6:1–28 titled “How to Take the Christian Message to the Masses,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines the life and testimony of Daniel. Daniel’s God was displayed through his exemplary lifestyle and trust in the midst of difficult circumstances. Applying Daniel’s life to modern opportunities, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones questions popular notions behind personal witnessing and directs the listener to take heed to Daniel’s example. Should personal witnessing be relegated to a specific task at appointed times? Should it concern the Christian when witnessing becomes an event, yet one doesn’t witness at work? He argues that the Christian witness need not be organized, but must encompass one’s entire life. Christian witnessing must affect the way Christians work and study––they do their very best. When calamity strikes, Christians are a witness through a calm and quiet trust in God. The Christian faith must be shown to be the governing factor in their life. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones urges for the faithfulness of ordinary Christian people in the public sphere, attracting others to their life. And when others ask questions of their life and trust, Christians bear testimony to their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.