Essential for Salvation
A Sermon on Romans 10:9-10
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (ESV)
What are the essential truths that must be made known for a person to be saved? Many say that the Bible teaches that one must only believe on the name Jesus Christ to be saved. Other’s preach that we must believe in the person of Mary, or that we must have extraordinary knowledge in order to be saved. In this sermon on Romans 10:9-10, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows the fallacy of both extremes. One temptation is to take away essential doctrines of the Gospel in order to make it less offensive and more inclusive. The other temptation is to add more to the Gospel than what is necessary, making it impossible for man to come to God and creating a works-based salvation. Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows us through Scripture that the Gospel message must include an explanation of who Jesus is, why we need Him, and why He is sufficient. This sermon will remind us of the biblical truth that a true evangelistic message must include repentance towards God and faith in Jesus Christ. In light of the truths presented in this sermon, we will be challenged to analyze our own beliefs and practices to see if they line up with the message of the apostles. Listeners will be encouraged to be bold in the proclamation of the Gospel because it is the only hope that man has.
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.