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Times of Trial

Book of Romans

A Sermon on Romans 5:3-5

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (ESV)

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The Bible tells that Christians will face trials. In light of this truth, how should Christians face them and stand strong in the midst of trials? Listen to this sermon titled “Times of Trial” on Romans 5:3–5 as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones speaks on this topic and points to how Scripture instructs to face them. First, he begins by expressing that trials are a test of our faith; it shows if the faith is true or if it is based only on emotional experience. He goes on to state that Christians with true faith will not face trials with grumblings or with a mindset of simply putting up with it. Rather, they will glory in their tribulations. When a trial is faced this way, it can become a time of growth and can strengthen one’s relationship with God. They can push one toward Him and help them see their need of Him. Trials can also build in patience and can be a time where God refines and teaches things out of His love for His chosen. He concludes this sermon on trials by showing that trials also point to the hope that Christians have and that helps them stand strong in the midst of any storm.

Additional Scripture Translations

Romans 5:3-5, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

3And not only this, but we also celebrate in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:3-5, King James Version (KJV)

3And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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.