Remembering the outstanding sermon on the "Two Houses" that Mike Sandeman preached at CCK, Brighton on Sunday night, I was fascinated to find Ern Baxter's sermon notes on the very same theme. Here they are:
It got me thinking again about 'Foundations'. In an ever increasing attempt to try and maintain the tension between Spirit and Word, I realised that Tuesday's post on "Dead Orthodoxy" could have given the impression that it is my view that all doctrine is "bad" and all experience is "good". Hopefully those who have been reading this blog for a while will realise that is not my view by any stretch of the imagination. I just passionately feel that what we are lacking - especially in the UK - at this time is the Presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Dr Lloyd-Jones preached another sermon in the Revival series that in a sense beautifully compliments the sermon on "Dead Orthodoxy" and that was called "Defective Orthodoxy". These foundations are essential if we are to withstand the storms that will surely come.
His headings were briefly as so:
- The Doctrine of Justification by Faith. "There has never been a revival but that this has always come back into great prominence".
- The Doctrine of Regeneration. "It emphasises the absolute necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit".
ii) Defective Orthodoxy.
- "The first and foremost trouble ... is to be concerned about the Person rather than with the Person Himself. I am indicating that there is a terrible danger of putting the doctrines, the true doctrines about the Persons into the place of the Persons. And that is absolutely fatal".
- "The lack of balance, a lack of true Scriptural proportion in the understanding of the doctrines, and the presentation of the doctrines that are absolutely essential to salvation. If we lack a balance in the Scriptural proportion of the doctrines we shall find ourselves becoming dry and arid and useless".
- "A defective doctrine of the Church. The whole idea of the Church as we find her in the New Testament seems to be going out ... The man in the street is only attracted finally by power ... Why do we allow the idea of big business to govern our thinking and our strategy rather than the teaching of the New Testament itself, as exemplified in the long history of the Church?".
And finally ... "We can be perfectly orthodox and yet our orthodoxy can be useless if we are failing in our lives, if we are disobedient to God's holy laws, if we are guilty of sin and continuing in known sin. If we put our own desires before Him, then we have no right to expect revival, however orthodox and correct we may bein all our doctrines and in all our understanding".