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Stir Yourselves

Book of Romans

A Sermon on Romans 12:11

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. (ESV)

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What does slothfulness and self-importance share in common? The antidote to both is a heart that understands that we are not our own but belong to God. The antidote to both pride and laziness is the great hope we have in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the great theme in this challenging message on Romans 12:11 by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. As the he explores the question of slothfulness, he confronts the fundamental question on what it means to serve the Lord. Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us in this sermon of our fundamental identity. Christians are slaves of the Lord Jesus Christ. We have been bought with a price. As slaves to the Lord, our service is not our personal cause. My ministry is the Lord’s ministry. It is fundamentally not my honor involved as I serve, but the honor of the Lord Jesus Christ. But this slavery to the Lord is a privilege. Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us we are co-workers with God. As those involved in God’s work we cultivate a particular outlook on this life – hope. This is not a hopeful optimism in the present world, nor a general hopefulness. It is the doctrine of hope. The hope that Christ will return. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones helps us keep our eyes on Jesus Christ and mortify slothfulness and self-importance in service to him.

Additional Scripture Translations

Romans 12:11, New American Standard Bible

11not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

Romans 12:11, King James Version

11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

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.