Book of Romans
Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s sermons on the book of Romans were preached to the congregation at Westminster Chapel in the heart of central London on Friday evenings between October 1955 to March 1968. These sermons were preached from the beginning of October until the end of May each year, with breaks being taken for Christmas and Easter. Dr Lloyd-Jones began his ministry at Westminster Chapel in 1938, and his ministry there lasted for thirty years until his retirement in 1968. As such, his Romans series came at the end of his preaching career. Spanning 366 sermons over twelve years, his series on the book of Romans is the longest expositional series Dr Lloyd-Jones ever did.
Dr Lloyd-Jones regarded the book of Romans as the ‘first in importance’ among the New Testament epistles. Indeed, it is likely that Dr Lloyd-Jones saw his exposition of the book of Romans as his most important work, as evidenced by the fact that he chose his Romans sermons as the first of his many sermons to be published following his retirement. His official biographer Iain Murray writes;
Many hundreds of unrevised manuscript copies of sermons thus existed by 1968, of which, for reasons already noted, comparatively few had appeared in print. He did not hesitate in choosing to put his Romans sermons first for publication in book form, to be followed by those on Ephesians.
Dr Lloyd-Jones’s hope for these sermons on the book of Romans was that they will ‘not only help Christian people to understand more clearly the great doctrines of our Faith, but that they will also fill them with a joy “unspeakable and full of glory” and bring them into a condition in which they will be “Lost in wonder, love, and praise”’.
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Can natural abilities and good deeds save us? Throughout history, mankind has searched for salvation in any way other than Jesus. No matter what talent or treasure a person may have, sin continues to contaminate all our good efforts. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains in this sermon, the only way of salvation is through Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul knew this great salvation and gave his life to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. Church history shows how God prepared his mind and logic to use his natural gifts in a powerful way to tell gentiles about Jesus. If you're curious how God will use your life to advance His kingdom, listen in as the Doctor walks us through this message from Paul.
The strongest building is vulnerable by a weak foundation. How firm is your foundation? As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims in this sermon, a life built on the Word of God and growing in sound doctrine is spared from the storms and threats that will devastate many lives. Since our union is with Christ and our fellowship with the local church, we grow in rightesouness as we learn from the entire counsel of God. Listen as the Doctor overviews Paul's writing to the church at Rome and explains the reason this book is so important to the chrisitan life. In it we find our certainity and security of salvation and the future glorification that awaits all who are declared righteous and saved by faith.
Salvation cannot be divided, it is an all or nothing equation. No one can receive the gift of salvation without submitting their life to Christ any more than they can both skydive from an airplane and resist the laws of gravity. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones powerfully shows how the Apostle Paul submitted to the Lordship of Christ and was redeemed by our Master's love. Anyone claiming to be saved, yet rejects Jesus' authority over their life has no basis for assurance of salvation. Our assurance is built on God keeping His promise to fully and forever forgive our sin. Paul's confidence in ministry flowed from this transforming truth explained by The Doctor.
Just who was the Apostle Paul? What right did he have to speak for God? While many question the credibility and authority of God's chosen author of Romans, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows Paul as a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, and be separated unto the gospel of God. In order to be categorized as an apostle, one had to have been explicitly called and empowered by the Lord Jesus Christ himself. Paul received this calling while travelling on the Damascus Road. As an apostle, he had the knowledge, truth, and authority as all of Christ’s twelve disciples. Paul was explicitly called to share this knowledge and truth of the gospel with the Gentiles. Seeing now the impact of Paul’s ministry, we wonder why God did not convert Paul at an earlier time. Lloyd-Jones emphasizes that the timing of God is one of the most fascinating things we see in Scripture. In time, the true fullness of God will come and it will come as God has planned. In the same manner, God knew you before the foundation of this world was formed, and his fullness will be revealed in you in His timing.
The significance of the word 'gospel'; the greatest good news we have heard; the gospel of God in three persons; the primacy of the Father; the limitations of apologetics.
Paul's method of reasoning from the Old Testament; the promises; prophesies and types; forth-telling and fore-telling; revelation and inspiration according to Peter; holy writings; the Word of God.
Do you struggle with waiting on God’s timing? Why does God seem to take so long to fulfill His promises? Considering all of the suffering in the world, why doesn’t God bring ultimate fulfillment now? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones presses us toward the Old Testament where we have to wait on our Lord. Many years had passed from the time that God promised a Messiah to the fulfillment of that promise. Listen as the Doctor examines Romans 1:2 and asks the question: why does Paul reference the Old Testament at all? Is the Old Testament disconnected from the New Testament? No! The Old Testament is part of the authoritative Word of God which shapes our very understanding of the Gospel. The writer of Romans wants us to understand the promise given so long ago is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. While God seems to have been silent for so many years, His purposes were being achieved. Humanity has proven that they cannot save themselves and desperately need a Savior. The sacrifice for sin has come in Christ and the Messiah must die and rise again. While God’s timing may be a mystery, we can trust him. His promises are fulfilled in Christ.
The New Testament claims that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God. But the unbelieving world continues to challenge this fact. What’s more recent, however, is the false religion that rejects this doctrine yet can still be considered a “Christian.” Is the person of Christ necessary for Christianity? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues that without a Biblical view of Christ, there is no Christianity and no salvation. Islam can exist without Muhammad. Buddhism can exist without Buddha. But Christianity cannot exist without Christ. Our faith is built upon the identity, person and work of Jesus Christ. The God who made and sustains the world, fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy! Listen in as the Dr. explains the necessity of the incarnation and belief in this central doctrine. Christless christianity is not christianity at all, it is damning hypocrisy. Rejecting Jesus as Messiah places one outside of the Christian faith. Rejecting the divinity of Jesus disregards the whole of his work. And rejecting the full humanity of Jesus imagines a savior who cannot save. Christianity is more than a list of rules, a way of life or a set of principles. Christianity is about Christ.
Is Jesus really God? Some say he became divine at his baptism. Others suggest he became the Son of God at his resurrection. The deity of Jesus Christ has always been challenged, not by those who are saved, but by those who want to remain in their sin. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues that Jesus is and always was the unique Son of God from the beginning. In order to do the will of God the Father, his power and glory were hidden yet He never became less than God. As the Apostle Paul proclaims in Romans 1:3-4, the resurrection of Jesus proves that He is God! Like a son of the king ceremonially announced as heir of the kingdom, Jesus is declared to be the sovereign over all creation and conquerer of death. Listen as the Doctor explains that the resurrection of Jesus Christ announces His incarnate deity. Raised in power and glory, Jesus is formally appointed as the Christ, the Lord of all creation. “Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see; Hail, the incarnated Deity!” Come and see Christ our Lord.
Christians are forgiven of sin so that we may follow our Savior. Some today reject this notion that one must submit to Jesus as Lord. They argue salvation is by grace, therefore obedience is not necessary. While salvation is completely by grace through faith, we must not separate our Christian faith from obedience to Jesus. Can one accept Jesus as Savior and not as Lord? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers that question with a resounding no. The earliest Christians were persecuted over this word, “Lord.” For them, Jesus was not only Savior, he was also Lord. The very nature of believing the Gospel becomes an issue of submission. We are commanded to believe, thus we obey the Gospel. Lloyd-Jones shows that the only way one can accept Jesus is in this full sense: as both Savior and Lord. Faith is obedience to the Word of God. If we reject the Word of God, we reject God, making him a liar. Receiving the Gospel is, therefore, to obey him and receive Jesus as Lord. The entire Christian faith depends on the recognition of this. This is what makes one a Christian. This is the work of God, that you believe on him who he has sent. Jesus Christ, my Lord.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.