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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God's purpose before the foundation of the world; its outworking; the certainty of its completion; the plan seen in the Old Testament; its guarantee in the character of God.
The final perseverance of the saints; the necessity for reverence; predestination not for unbelievers; pastoral setting; the key to understanding.
The error of universalism; conformity to the image of Christ; a derived likeness; brethren of Christ; the last Adam and His glorified humanity.
The glorifying of Christ; the ultimate object and supreme guarantee of our salvation; God's purpose carried out in detail; determinate foreknowledge; foreordination; everlasting love.
Justification; a new status and relationship; glorification; Paul's use of the past tense; the omission of mention of sanctification.
Predestination; calling; the middle link in the chain; the power of the Holy Spirit with the call; quickening and faith; the new disposition and the will.
Difficulties with the doctrine of final perseverance; helping the genuinely perplexed; theological and practical problems; alleged Scriptural proofs of falling from grace.
Canons of interpretation for problem passages; avoiding philosophy; comparing Scripture with Scripture; proof texts; details and content; John Gill on 2 Peter 2:1.
More principles of interpretation; individuals; churches and offices; further passages examined; testing our profession of Christianity.
Warning passages; the church; visible and invisible; the danger of a false profession of faith; the parables in Matthew 25; denying justification by faith.
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.