Revival Sermon: Diagnosing the Need
A Sermon on the Need for Revival
28When He came into the house, His disciples began asking Him privately, “Why is it that we could not cast it out?” 29And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything except prayer.”
28And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? 29And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
For anyone burdened by the condition of this world and concerned with the present problems of this age, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones introduces a sermon series on revival where he discusses some common misconceptions about apologetics and evangelism in today’s age. In this sermon on Mark 9:28–29 titled “Revival Sermon: Diagnosing the Need,” he acknowledges that there are indeed different times which require different means of action. The church and its members often rush to fix a problem before properly diagnosing the issue. Just as Jesus did in Mark, Christians need to be reminded that they must have understanding in their approach. When they are confronted by the way certain people live, they should be mindful that each case is different. In speaking about apologetics, Dr. Lloyd-Jones discusses a common error of the church trying to make the faith relevant in today’s culture. Some say that newer Bible translations or better church advertising would cause revival. However, are those targeting the root of the modern problem? Revival comes only by the power from God. Anyone who feels burdened or pressed by the condition of this world needs to be in constant prayer for power and guidance for the Lord.
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.