Times of Trial
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)
The Bible tells us that as Christians, we will face trials. In light of this truth, how should we face them? How do we stand strong in the midst of trials? Listen to this sermon on Romans 5:3-5 as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones speaks on this topic and points to how Scripture tells us to face them. First, he begins by expressing that trials are a test of our faith; it shows if our 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 our relationship with God. They can push us towards Him and help us see our need of Him. Trials can also build in us patience and can be a time where God refines us and teaches us things out of His love for us. He concludes the sermon by pointing to the fact that trials also point to the hope that Christians have ,and that helps us stand strong in the midst of any storm.
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.