Looking for Happiness in All the Wrong Places

November 21, 2006

Here is a quote on Matthew 5:6 from Martyn Lloyd Jones that I found interesting:

There are large numbers of people in the Christian Church who seem to spen the whole of their life seeking something which they can never find, seeking for some kind of happiness and blessedness. They go round from meeting to meeting, and convention to convention, always hoping they are going to get this wonderful think, this experience that is going to fill them with joy, and flood them with some ecstasy. They see that other people have had it, but they themselves do not seem to get it. So they seek it and covet it, always hungering and thirsting; but they never get it.

Now that is not surprising. We are not meant to hunger and thirst after experiences; we are not meant to hunger and thirst after blessedness. If we want to be truly happy and blessed, we must hunger and thirst after righteousness. . .

. . .The expereinces are the gift of God; what you and I are to covet and to seek and to hunger and thirst for is righteousness.

What are you hungry for?

In Christ

Pastor Mike Walters

Source: Martyn Lloyd Jones, Sermon on the Mount, p.64 (Eerdmans One Volume Edition)


We need the Law of God

November 15, 2006

On the Law and Conviction of Sin

It is the Law of God alone that really gives us a right conception of the true character and nature of sin. This is a tremendous proposition. The real trouble with the unregenerate is that they do not know and understand the truth about sin. They have their moral code, they believe that certain things are right and certain things are wrong; but that is not to understand sin. The moment a man understands the true nature of and character of sin he becomes troubled about his soul and seeks for a Saviour. –Martyn Lloyd Jones


Source: Ian Murray, The Old Evangelicalism, p.37


How not to be a Heretic

November 6, 2006

I ran across this quote from Martyn Lloyd Jones on heretics and heresy:

“The heretics were never dishonest men; they were mistaken men.  They should not be thought of as men who were deliberately setting out to go wrong and to teach something that is wrong; they have been some of the most sincere men that the Church has ever known.  What was the matter with them? Their trouble was this: they evolved a theory and they were rather pleased with it; then they went back with this theory to the Bible, and they seemed to find it everywhere.” — Martyn Lloyd Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, p.7

This is wise advice on how to study the Bible.  We must be very careful to not read our favorite ideas or theories into the text.  Instead, we must be careful to learn what God meant when He inspired the text.

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, as a workman who does not need to be ashamed,  accurately handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

In Christ

Pastor Mike Walters

An Old Key to Church Growth

November 2, 2006

Here is a quote from Martyn Lloyd Jones on the best means of evangelism:

what the Church needs to do is not to organize evangelistic campaigns to attract outside people, but to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?

Brothers and sisters, if we want to advance the kingdom of God, we must live holy lives. We must cultivate lifestyles of humble dependence on Jesus, loving God and loving others in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must become the people that Jesus describes in Matthew 5:3-12.

In Christ

Pastor Mike Walters

Source: Martyn Lloyd Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, p.13