Lloyd-Jones on the Christian Life: Doctrine and Life as Fuel and Fire

Foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson

By Jason C. Meyer, Series edited by Stephen J. Nichols, Justin Taylor, Foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones, commonly referred to as “the Doctor,” had a successful career in medicine before abandoning it all to become a preacher in London. His sermons—displaying the life-changing power of biblical truth—diagnosed the spiritual condition of his congregation and prescribed the gospel remedy.

This study of Lloyd-Jones’s life will encourage and exhort readers to consider the role of the knowledge of God, the power of the Spirit, and the fullness of Christ in their daily lives, allowing them to discover the inseparable union of doctrine and the Christian life.

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Jason C. Meyer

Jason C. Meyer (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the lead pastor at Urban Refuge Church in Minneapolis. He is the author of Preaching: A Biblical Theology and a commentary on Philippians in the ESV Expository Commentary.

Product Details

Category: History & Biography
Christian Living
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 272
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 13.46 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-4527-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-4527-6
ISBN-UPC: 9781433545276
Case Quantity: 40
Published: April 30, 2018

Table of Contents

Foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson

Introduction: The Thesis

Part 1: "The Doctor"

  1. The Life and Times of Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Part 2: The Doctor's Doctrine

  1. God the Father Almighty: The Person and Work of the Father
  2. Christ and Him Crucified: The Person and Work of Christ 
  3. Power from on High: The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
  4. Redemption Applied: Justification and Sanctification
  5. The Church: The Body of Christ and the Bride of Christ
  6. The Last Things: Death and “the Glory”

Part 3: The Christian Life

  1. The Word
  2. Prayer
  3. Faith Working through Love
  4. Life in the Spirit at Home and Work
  5. Why Are You So Downcast? Spiritual Depression
  6. The Acid Test: The Hope of Glory

Part 4: The Doctor's Legacy

  1. The Legacy of Martyn Lloyd-Jones 

Appendix 1: The Charismatic Controversy
Appendix 2: The Secession Controversy


“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, Theologian-at-Large, 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, Senior 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, President, Renewal Ministries

“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, Louisville, Kentucky

“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