When Martyn Lloyd-Jones, physician, preacher and Christian Leader, died in 1981, after more then 40 years in London, few knew the remarkable story of his formative earlier years which, in the authorised biography, is now told for the first time. From his rural Welsh background to St Bartholomew s Hospital (where at the age of 23 he was Chief Clinical Assistant to Sir Thomas Horder, the King s Physician), then, suddenly at 27, to a struggling Calvinistic Methodist Church in Aberavon, South Wales, he appears successively as schoolboy, dairyman s assistant, political enthusiast, debater, doctor, and finally Christian preacher.
Some regarded his change of career as romantic, others as foolish. The one thing of which Dr Lloyd-Jones was sure was that his settlement amid the industrial depression of South Wales was no sacrifice: I gave up nothing. I received everything. I count it the highest honour God can confer on any man to call to be herald of the gospel
This volume traces the unforgettable events of his first pastorate, his wider ministry in Wales (where, by 1933, the press reported, he draws thousands to hear his message in all parts of the Principality ), his first visits to North America, and finally his settlement at Westminster Chapel, London,on the eve of World War II. While some saw him as the modern Moody , and others as the last of the Calvanistic preachers , Iain H. Murray s work makes constant use of the hitherto unpublished material, and is able to present Dr Lloyd-Jones own view of his life and ministry.
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First volume of Murray's substantial biography on Martyn Lloyd-Jones stands head and shoulders above every biography I have ever read. What a great man of God was Lloyd-Jones, and what a great God he served. From the account of his childhood in Wales, to his prominence in Harley Street as a physician, to his conversion and subsequent ministry in Aberavon, this is a wonderful book. Not a story full of dramatic happenings, but rather the quiet obedience of a man who shunned publicity, but was honored by the God of heaven, and saw the mysterious and sovereign movings of the Spirit upon his hearers. Well documented with numerous sermon excerpts, newspaper quotes, and personal interview with the "Doctor" and his wife themselves, this was a fantastic book with which to end 1997. I shall treasure this volume always, and make a point to read it more than once more in the years to come. I thank God for this book and the inspiration it has been to me.
The First volume of this work by Murray shows the dynamism of a man who strived for Christ-Exalting Power. After reading the is biography I can only ask myself, "Can such men live again?" What made Dr. Lloyd-Jones so used by God? I suggest at least three factors: 1) He placed the origin of revival at the proper source, God. His theology of revival was supremely theocentric. He knew that true revival is when a Sovereign God awakens the hearts of his people. Such a revival proves real conversion. 2) Second to his power was the need for holy study. At a time when the academia in Britain were denying the sacred text, and with no conservative alternative, Lloyd-Jones filled the gap and held high the Scriptural banner. What was said of Edwards could be said of him: "He put fidelity to the Word of God above all else." Also was his constant study of great theologians like the Puritans, Jonathan Edwards, and Warfield. 3) Although this theme...
This book, along with its companion volume has become more precious and helpful to me than any other volume in my library. I was introduced to Lloyd-Jones through a foot note in a John MacArthur book and 'the Doctor' has now become THE desert island author of my life. In just a few short years the written versions of his sermons have had more influence in shaping my own understanding of the Scriptures and the true method of expository preaching than anything else. Oh, how the church needs more men like Martyn Lloyd-Jones! The two volume biography by Iain Murray proves both the skill of Iaian Murray as a biographer/historian (read everything he writes!) as well as the man of a great God Lloyd-Jones was.
Volume 1 covers, obviously the early years of the great preachers life, covering his career in medicine, conversion, call to preach and ministry at Sandfields. Reading this books is to witness the magnifying of GOd in a young mans heart as the world is totally eclipsed by the...
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