Called to Preach (2)
A Sermon on Romans 10:14-17
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (ESV)
In the last sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones elaborated on the qualities that make a good preacher. Now, he dives into an equally important discussion: how does a person know if he’s called to preach? Reading from Romans 10:14-17, he answers this question by reiterating the biblical definition of a preacher. He says, a preacher is one of God’s ordained ways to spread the Good News. For how can people believe without first hearing? But how does a person know if he’s being called? Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that person may feel a pressure they cannot shake, an inclination toward a certain notion. Second, he says that the person must feel a burden; a burden for the souls of men and women. It is not enough for a man to want to speak in front of the congregation. No. This person must also care deeply about the spirits of those he ministers to. Lastly, in accordance to the person’s burden for the souls of men and women, the man must be willing to preach the Gospel. He must live for it, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says. He must be willing to preach the facts of the Good News: Christ’s redemptive death on the cross, and the incredible salvation that comes through 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.