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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Relationships among Christians: problems over 'matters of indifference'; general analysis of 14:1_15:4; weak and strong Christians; reasons for the difference: ability; temperament; diligence; time; and teaching; various manifestations.
Our duty to welcome the weak; adding knowledge to faith; rules for discussion; argument and dialogue; the art of teaching one another in love.
Jumping to conclusions; the issue of foods; kinds of vegetarianism; meat and the ceremonial law; despising and judging; the spirit of fear leading to legalism; asceticism and the temperance movement.
Illustrations of legalism; divisions and discipline; Paul's apparent self-contradictions; not giving offence; evidence of being received by God .
Christians are servants of God; standing firm in liberty by God's power; apprehension contrasted with final perseverance; testimony from Scripture and great hymns.
The Sabbath and the Lord's Day; observing other special days; no extremes or bigotry; being fully persuaded in one's own mind; educating conscience.
Motivation in serving the Lord; glorifying and thanking God; not desiring death: William Tennent and George Whitefield; always ready to die: Richard Baxter; Peter; John and Stephen.
Christ's Lordship through His death and resurrection; His conquest of death and the grave; the devil and the fear of death defeated; Christians possess all things; even death.
Brothers; not judges; the judgement seat of Christ; who is God; all men will give account to God; judgement of believers: reward or loss; not final destiny.
Paul's indirect approach completed; stumblingblocks and snares : never being a hindrance to one's brother; Paul's apostolic authority; nothing is unclean of itself; Peter and Cornelius.