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Grounded in Love

Book of Ephesians

A Sermon on Ephesians 3:17

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (ESV)

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What is to be foundational to a Christian’s life? Out of all the traits that believers are to be aiming for, what is one of the most important, key characteristics that is supposed to define a follower of Jesus? The answer is love, and in this sermon from Ephesians 3:17, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains why this is the case. Paul wrote that Christians are to be rooted and grounded in love, and thus, this love must be foundational to a Christian’s life. The higher a building is, the deeper and stronger its foundation must be, and the same is true with our lives. Building this foundation takes time, and as Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us, there are no shortcuts in the spiritual life. One of the ways to grow in this area is in how we relate to God. If we only think of God in intellectual ways, we will never experience the fullness of the riches of knowing Him, and it is this that He intended to naturally flow out into our other relationships. How important is love to a believer’s life? A distinctive that sets Christians apart from nonbelievers is that we are called to love our enemies, and thus, love plays a vital role in our witness to unbelievers. It also has an impact on how we handle the circumstances of life because if we are rooted in Christ’s love, we are resting in His sovereignty and plan for the world. 

Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 3:17, New American Standard Bible

17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Ephesians 3:17, King James Version

17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

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.