Ephesians 5: 18-6 9 Life in the Spirit
Unlike the London preacher in the early nineteenth century who complained of a decreasing congregation when his sermons on Ephesians reached the fifth chapter of that Epistle, Dr Lloyd-Jones' sermons on Ephesians 5:18 to 6:9, contained in this volume, were...
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Unlike the London preacher in the early nineteenth century who complained of a decreasing congregation when his sermons on Ephesians reached the fifth chapter of that Epistle, Dr Lloyd-Jones' sermons on Ephesians 5:18 to 6:9, contained in this volume, were among the most influential of his long ministry at Westminster Chapel (1938-1968). There are several reasons why this was so. In the first place, this section of Scripture, which opens with the command, "Be filled with the Spirit", gave the preacher the opportunity to demonstrate from the text one of his own deepest convictions, namely that the only Christianity which is vibrant and exhilarating enough to penetrate and change society is that which manifests the power of the Spirit of God.
After five opening sermons on this theme, the author follows Paul in dealing with the fundamental relationships of society, marriage, home and work. These practical matters, he insists, cannot be rightly understood apart from those profound truths of the Christian faith to which Paul relates them. To isolate ethics from doctrines is to court disaster. If urgency was a characteristic of Dr Lloyd-Jones' preaching, it is manifestly so in his handling of these subjects. The home and its functions, the upbringing of children, the purposes of work "these things today are all called into question, while experimentation, permissiveness and dissatisfaction with established institutions are common features in our dissolving contemporary society. The only hope in such a situation lies in a return to the basic principles on which the well-being of the individual life and of society most certainly depend. For these we need the Bible, and, in particular, the section of Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians expounded and applied in this book. This volume is the sixth in a series of eight volumes.
Born in Cardiff, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a practicing physician until leaving medicine to become the minister of a Welsh Presbyterian Church.
Minister of Westminster Chapel and co-founder of both InterVarsity Fellowship and the Banner of Truth Trust, this brilliant Welshman was arguably the greatest evangelical preacher of the 20th century.
Best remembered for the power of his sermons in an age of spiritual decline and apathy, Dr Lloyd-Jones exercised his formidable intellect in the service of a thoroughly biblical faith, inspiring his contemporaries to think through the implications of their beliefs for both Church and world.
Dr Lloyd-Jones never tired of calling the Church to revival, to foundational doctrines and to a prayerful zeal for authentic apostolic experience. His rich legacy of recorded and published sermons continues to be used by God to transform lives today.