- Series: Theologians on the Christian Life
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Crossway (April 30, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433545276
- ISBN-13: 978-1433545276
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“Lloyd-Jones would surely have approved of the approach of this book: a whole Christian life requires an understanding and application of the whole Bible, the whole gospel, and the whole body of Christian doctrine. Meyer is to be congratulated on his remarkable achievement of giving us in a clear and concise portrait of Lloyd-Jones and his ministry, wisely grounded in a splendid summary of his exposition of the gospel.”
―Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries
“My few personal meetings with ‘the Doctor’ before he entered what he called ‘the Glory’ in March 1981 were marked by personal encouragement. That spring, at a conference of several hundred pastors who were asked to bear witness to the life and ministry of the late Dr. Lloyd-Jones, a strong majority of those who spoke fastened on the countless kindnesses the Doctor had displayed to them. Jason Meyer rightly and capably emphasizes the extraordinary unity of doctrine and experience in Lloyd-Jones’s life. This Christian vitality in his life was other-focused: the outworking of the gospel of the triune God in the life of the believer was not pursued in an individualist fashion, but sought the good of other believers, the benefit of the church, and the glory of God.”
―D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Cofounder, The Gospel Coalition
“Both for those already familiar with the published works of Martyn Lloyd-Jones and for those taking them up for the first time, Meyer’s work will be prized. From a thorough knowledge of the sources, he highlights and clarifies the truths which Lloyd-Jones preached, and, most importantly, he does it with the same heartbeat. It has done me good to read this book.”
―Iain H. Murray, author, Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography and Evangelical Holiness; Founding Trustee, Banner of Truth Trust
“When I was a young boy, my father took me to hear Martyn Lloyd-Jones speak. I remember little of the occasion, except my father’s deep desire that I hear ‘the Doctor’ preach while he was still alive. My mother was a regular at his Friday night lectures on Ephesians. Lloyd-Jones was a major influence on my parents and, through them, on me. So it is a joy to welcome this book on his understanding of the Christian life. Read it to discover what drove this titan of the twentieth-century church. But better still, let the Doctor examine your Christian life, diagnose its ailments, and prescribe a God-centered remedy.”
―Tim Chester, Pastor, Grace Church Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire; Faculty Member, Crosslands Training
“Martyn Lloyd-Jones stood out in two compelling ways: theological depth and spiritual power. ‘The Doctor’ therefore represents what we most need afresh in our generation, especially as we pastors long to preach the biblical gospel under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. This wonderful new book by Jason Meyer meets our need, not by idealizing a man but by drawing us into deeper personal reality with the living God.”
―Ray Ortlund, Lead Pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee
“In our day, popularity is easy to come by, but enduring significance is not. Many people who are liked and retweeted today will be forgotten tomorrow. However, there are some people who have been significant but are not well known. In this volume, Meyer introduces us to a man whose name may not be trending but whose effect on countless Christians and pastors is far more noteworthy than many realize. It is my hope that Meyer’s book will expand the influence of Martyn Lloyd-Jones to a new generation of Christians who are in desperate need of his voice.”
―C.J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville
“I wrote in the Director’s Statement for the documentary Logic on Fire that it is as important for our generation to understand why Martyn Lloyd-Jones made the choices he did in life and ministry as it is to understand him on Romans, Ephesians, the Sermon on the Mount, or spiritual depression―and that is saying quite a lot. Jason Meyer’s excellent book navigates the reader ad fontes, to the Doctor’s own understanding of the Scriptures, and proves that his unshakable confidence in them was the fuel to his fire. Lloyd-Jones’s life is still giving light and heat to the church today, and I pray this book will be a conduit that brings much illumination to our day and generation. I commend this book to you heartily and enthusiastically.”
―Matthew Robinson, Director, Media Gratiae; Director, Logic on Fire: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
About the Author
Jason C. Meyer (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church and associate professor of New Testament at Bethlehem College and Seminary. Prior to coming to Bethlehem, he served as dean of chapel and assistant professor of Christian Studies at Louisiana College. He is the author of Preaching: A Biblical Theology and a commentary on Philippians in the ESV Expository Commentary.
Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) serves as the president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries. He is an editor of the Theologians on the Christian Life series and also hosts the weekly podcast 5 Minutes in Church History.
Justin Taylor (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books, including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center, and he blogs at Between Two Worlds―hosted by the Gospel Coalition.
Sinclair B. Ferguson (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and the former senior minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the author of several books, the most recent being By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me. Sinclair and his wife, Dorothy, have four grown children.
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The subtitle of Meyer’s book nicely captures the central theme – “Doctrine and Life as Fuel and Fire.” The author accurately captures the essence of Lloyd-Jones’s ministry: “Doctrine should start in the head, catch fire in the heart, and create a life aflame with true obedience in the will.” This notion which once dominated the evangelical landscape is presently eclipsed by experientialism, pragmatism, and theological liberalism. Such a notion would have been unacceptable to the Doctor and in his mind would have led to a weakened church.
The ministry of Martyn Lloyd-Jones is presented in four movements as outlined below:
Part One – “The Doctor,” which includes some important biographical highlights.
Part Two – The Doctor’s Doctrine
Part Three – The Christian Life
Part Four – The Doctor’s Legacy
Lloyd-Jones on the Christian Life is a powerful portrait of a godly man who left a legacy of prayer and preaching that continues to impact pastors to this day. My hope is that God will see fit to use this helpful book to shape and sharpen the lives of the next generation of Christian leaders.
I had heard a little of Lloyd-Jones story before, the medical doctor who became a preacher, and while the biography portion of the book is concise, it brings into focus much of what shaped his ministry views. As for his doctrinal views, which were sometimes controversial, the book does a good job of outlining them and then supporting them with quotes or passages from a variety of Lloyd-Jones teachings.
This isn’t a fanboy book, the author deals honestly with areas of theology where he disagrees with Lloyd-Jones, and overall I felt it balanced and helpful. This is a good book for someone who would appreciate an overview of the life and influence of Lloyd-Jones as an introduction to the man and his ministry.
Thank you to Crossway Books for providing threeladiesoflit.com with a complimentary copy for review.