One of the reasons why today’s church has lost its power is because it has become so much like the world. Tragically the world has entered the church and there has been a lowering of all the standards. Behind all this is the foolish notion that Christians can win people by being like them. Yet the world remains unchanged and the church is considered an irrelevance.
But the striking feature of Acts 7 is the amazing contrast between Stephen and those who opposed him. Here is a Christian who is so different from the world – so Christlike, so uncompromising, so faithful (even unto death), yet so full of power and of the Holy Spirit that the impact of his witness on the world is still being felt 2,000 years later!
Authentic Christianity, Volume 5 consists of eighteen evangelistic sermons preached in Westminster Chapel on Sunday evenings between March and July 1967. In them all, Dr Lloyd-Jones directs his hearers away from the bankruptcy and confusion of modern thought to the only source of hope for his or any generation, the unchanging ‘gospel of God, concerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord’.