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Rooted 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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How can you have an abundant life in Christ? What is the secret to living life to its fullest? In this sermon from Ephesians 3:17, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones takes the listener through a section of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians to answer these questions. In this section, Paul is praying that Christians will know and seek Christ Himself, not solely the blessings that He offers. Our primary ambition in life, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, should not be to aim at a mere good life, since all religions have a version of this. Rather, we should have a holiness that flows out of our relationship with Him, and this happens when He dwells in our hearts. What occurs when we allow this to take place? As Paul prayed for his readers, we become rooted and grounded in love. The language he uses reminds the readers of a tree, and just like the roots of a tree, our love is to grow deeper and stronger every day. “Knowledge,” Paul says, “puffs up, but love builds up.” Our knowledge of God must drive us to an increased love of God since God is love (1 John 4:8). Listen as Lloyd-Jones encourages Christians to grow in love and reminds us of why this is so important for the Christian life. 

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.