Monday, June 14, 2010

Understand These Books by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Understand My Passion

I love reading. Beyond the Bible many books and writers shape my philosophy of life and ministry. I would be far poorer a preacher, a biblical student and a person without the likes of John Wesley, D. A. Carson, Robert Shank, A. W. Tozer, John MacArthur, Russell Byrum, Kenneth E. Jones, etc. However, on different posts I have mentioned one man who turned my world upside down: the late Welsh physician-turned-preacher, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981). Besides being an expository preacher of high caliber, Lloyd-Jones saw trends decades ago that are plaguing the Church world today. Let me mention three books by him that were catalysts in my ongoing spiritual formulation:

Preaching and Preachers rocked my preaching world. It's not for the timid! Lloyd-Jones held über strong opinions; I don't subscribe to everything he wrote but he rebuked, exhorted, consoled and emboldened me by his unapologetic stand for expository preaching. In this series of printed lectures he diagnosed the spiritual malaise around him and how to address it.

Joy Unspeakable is a powerful defense for the infilling of the Holy Spirit subsequent (after) salvation. Lloyd-Jones wasn't a Wesleyan like me but a Welsh Calvinistic Methodist; however, he makes a convincing case for the need of more in the normal Christian life.

Revival is a series of sermons in which he pleads for the Church to pray for God to fall powerfully upon his saints; as a result of this Spirit infilling the sinners of the community will take note and be saved. It will change the community. Bars will close. Vice/crime will drop. God will move in demonstrable waves.

If you understand the basic thrust of these books you will understand the basic thrust of what gets me out of bed in the morning.