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Memorial Service - 6th April 1981



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Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon begins with a call to worship from Psalm 46. The congregation is told that God is our refuge and strength.
  2. The chairman of the service, Dr. R. T. Kendall, welcomes the congregation and introduces the first hymn “O God of Bethel.”
  3. Dr. Kendall then introduces Professor Iain Murray to read Scripture and lead the congregation in prayer. Professor Murray reads from Revelation 21 about the new heaven and new earth.
  4. Dr. Kendall introduces Professor Donald Macleod to bring greetings on behalf of the Free Church of Scotland. Professor Macleod conveys greetings from the Free Church College and the evangelical church in Scotland. He says Dr. Lloyd-Jones was loved throughout Scotland and his converts can be found throughout the country.
  5. Dr. Kendall says Dr. Lloyd-Jones’ work will be remembered in three areas: medicine, students, and books. He introduces Dr. Gaius Davies to speak about medicine, Dr. Robin Wells to speak about students, and Reverend Ian Murray to speak about books.
  6. Dr. Davies says Dr. Lloyd-Jones was first and foremost a doctor. He left a prestigious medical career to become a pastor. Dr. Lloyd-Jones brought his medical training, methodical and logical thinking, and care for people into his ministry.
  7. Dr. Wells says Dr. Lloyd-Jones had an enormous influence on evangelical students through speaking at and writing for conferences, as an author, as a counselor, and through his ministry at Westminster Chapel which many students attended.
  8. Reverend Murray says Dr. Lloyd-Jones was committed to preaching but was slow to publish books. His books came later in his ministry but have spread around the world. The books are spiritual, timeless, and highlight the Word of God.
  9. Mr. Mickelwright, a deacon at Westminster Chapel, speaks about Dr. Lloyd-Jones’ ministry at the chapel and work with the Evangelical Library. He says Dr. Lloyd-Jones’ preaching led to fellowship, conversions, and growth in faith.
  10. Reverend Omri Jenkins speaks about Dr. Lloyd-Jones as a preacher and his support of the London Theological Seminary. Dr. Lloyd-Jones believed preaching was primary and the seminary aimed to train preachers. Dr. Lloyd-Jones had a high view of the gospel, cared for people, and was gifted by God.
  11. Reverend Peter Lewis preaches from Revelation 1:17-18. He says Christians can look forward and upward at a time like this. The world only looks downward and backward. John could not cope with the glorified Christ in this passage. People today do not understand the exalted, cosmic Christ.
  12. Lewis says there are two groups of people: those like Macbeth who see life as meaningless and those like Christian from Pilgrim’s Progress who walk through death into glory.
  13. Lewis pleads with unbelievers and backsliders to come to Christ who has the keys to death and Hades. Christ can open the hardest hearts.
  14. Dr. Kendall thanks the speakers and reads an excerpt from Pilgrim’s Progress depicting the death of Mr. Valiant-for-Truth.
  15. The service closes with a hymn, benediction from Revelation 22, and doxology.

Tributes to Dr. Lloyd-Jones

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.