Book of Romans
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Committal and submission; Christmas Evans and Sandemanism; a gospel for all nations; for the sake of the name of Christ; glorifying Christ by word; life and witness.
Why does God love us? Many believe he loves those who do good. This belief stems from the idea that one must first change, and then God will love him. Is his loved based on our ability to change? In this sermon, Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that God’s love is not contingent on us changing, but just the opposite. Our change is based on God’s love. Christians are not those who are earning love from God, but rather Christians are described as those who already are loved by God. Listen as the Dr. explains that God loves us in the same way he loves the Son. This love is based purely on his grace. And it’s a love which has the power to change. Because of his love, we are called the beloved; we are called saints. Our motivation to change is no longer based upon our hope that God might accept us. Our motivation to change now comes from the call: “Be who you are.” If we are indeed the beloved of God, let us display that. If we are indeed saints, let us show that we are saints. We are who we are by grace. Distinct from the world, that we may glorify God.
Doctrine and practice; grace leading to peace with God; experiencing the peace of God; implicit doctrines; a remarkable and encouraging work of God in Rome.
Conversion is not the end of the Christian journey, it’s the beginning. The Apostle Paul is aware of this and longs to visit the Christians in Rome so that he might strengthen them. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones displays the Apostle Paul’s love for others which stems from his confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ. Filled with the Spirit, Paul’s passion is clearly seen as he thinks of others, prays for them, and seeks to visit them. Among many Christians today, the primary concern is for one’s self. A man talks about his own personal journey toward God. It’s not uncommon to hear a Christian declare, “I'm just focusing on myself right now.” But is this the way of Christ? Through Jesus, Christians have confidence before God. Christians are no longer simply “seeking God,” but rather seeking to love others through the assurance they have found in Jesus Christ. Listen in as Lloyd-Jones demonstrates how the Gospel motivated Paul, not only the desire to visit and strengthen others, but to pray for them. As Paul comes to God in prayer, he comes through the one he has such confidence: the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way of salvation, and the Christian desires all others to be built up in him.
Desire; prayer and submission to God's will; prospered by God; hindrances and guidance; persevering in prayer; 'man proposes but God disposes'.
Paul's attitude to his work; religious service; the danger of merely external service; carnal and spiritual methods; carnal zeal and divine passion; 'boundless charity divine'.
The Apostle's self-imposed limits; the riches of the gospel; the power and authority of the Holy Spirit; establishing through teaching.
Paul's genuine modesty; the real test of a believer; spiritual authority and Catholicism; the church as a fellowship; the Apostle's encouragement from their faith; the danger of 'movements'.
Under obligation to preach the gospel; the ability to pass on the gospel; the universal need of all nations and all types of men; Paul's ability to reach all men; the whole gospel for the whole man; the constraint.
The Protestant Reformation erupted from Romans 1:16-17. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines these vital and crucial verses that were the catalyst for Martin Luther. The audience to whom Paul wrote were often ashamed and discouraged in their faith. In boldness and inspiring confidence, Paul wrote “I am not ashamed of the gospel.” Though the world ridicules the teachings of Christ and calls those who believe foolish, the object of our faith is a fact, not a philosophy. The world might see us as fools, but we are affirmed and protected by our Savior. The gospel is full of hope for the fallen world! As The Doctor expalins, Paul’s teaching exposes the sin of all men and that Christ’s death and resurrection were for all social statuses. Thus, every person can rest in the hope that there is joy in being foolish in the eyes of the world, and loved by our Lord.