The Whole Counsel of God
A Sermon on Romans 1:14
I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. (ESV)
Who is the Gospel for? Does the Christian Gospel seem more palatable for a suburban context? It might seem that a learned man like the Apostle Paul would feel more comfortable preaching to philosophers, Stoics, and Epicureans rather than the common men and women of the city. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones demonstrates in his message on Romans 1:14, this could not be further from the truth. Show Paul a soul – whether that soul be wise/unwise, Greek/Barbarian, rich/poor, slave/free – and he will preach the Gospel to them with great profundity and fullness. In this challenging message, Dr. Lloyd-Jones holds up Paul as an example of what it means to be a Gospel Christian. We cannot forget, like Paul, that we are under obligation to all mankind. There is a universal need of all nations and all types of people to hear the Gospel. Dr. Lloyd-Jones provocatively says, if preachers today cannot preach to everybody, they should not preach to anybody. Gospel preachers must develop an ability to preach to a range of people. Otherwise we will give the impression that the Gospel is only for a certain type of person. Humbly listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones dispels false ministry methods and calls Christians to once again impart the whole counsel of God to the whole world.
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.