Practical Christianity (1)
A Sermon on Romans 12:14-15
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (ESV)
In this sermon on Romans 12:14-15, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks at the application for the doctrine Paul has been laying down — theory moves into practical daily living. “The glory of God in His great salvation is involved in this [daily living].” Learn that the best form of evangelism is Christian people manifesting the Christian life, not only the proclamation by word of mouth. “A mere theoretical Christianity is useless,” and a contradiction. See that the scriptures are intensely practical. We are called to have patience with unbelievers. Moreover, Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches that our attitude towards persecution must be positive; the endurance of persecution tests the reality of our Christianity in a thorough manner. How do you react to ill-treatment? Look at the different forms of persecution. Only a Christian can bless, and not curse, those who persecute them. Remember what you were and how God reacted to you — find total grace. Learn a new perspective. The sinner must be separated from the sin; ask the question, "Why does man behave the way he does?" and have compassion on his helpless state. Pray for the salvation of unbelievers and "be like our blessed 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.