The Preachers Message (1)
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 his sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones tackles an important question: What are preachers supposed to preach? Drawing from Paul’s writing in Romans 10:14-17, he reminds us that preaching is God’s primary purpose for delivering the Gospel. So how is a person supposed to judge if a pastor is exercising good preaching? Dr. Lloyd-Jones devises a test. If the message does not bring “glad tidings,” it should probably be reconsidered. The Good News is called the Good News for a reason, he says. The incredible salvation believers have through the grace of God is cause for celebration. Dr. Lloyd-Jones gives three common examples of people preaching without the Gospel’s joy. He says to be wary of people saying Christians are supposed to bring the Kingdom. The Kingdom is already coming. He says lookout for people who preach strictly on Christ’s morals. Morals are not God’s grace. And finally, he says to beware of preachers who tell the congregation to put their faith in the church, fyet the church is not the avenue to salvation. With that, Dr. Lloyd-Jones concludes his sermon in stating the one true faith believers have in Jesus Christ, and the joy that comes with it.
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.