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Sermon #3230

A Rock of Offence

A Sermon on Romans 9:30-33


Romans 9:30-33 ESV KJV
What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by …

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Sermon Description

Why is Jesus Christ a stumbling stone? In this sermon on Romans 9:30-33 titled “A Rock of Offence,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains what this statement means and how it impacts one’s life. The apostle Paul says that Jesus is a stumbling block to His fellow and beloved Jewish brethren. This is because many of them still seek to justify themselves by the law. Because they seek to justify themselves, they stumble at the teachings of Jesus when He says that He has fulfilled the law and that He is the only way to know God. One’s relationship to God is entirely dependent on whether they know God or not. What does all this mean for today? This teaches that it is only Jesus that saves and all other attempts to make one’s self right, whether it is through the works of the law or any other way, is hopeless. How then can humanity be saved? The answer is found in trusting Jesus Christ and believing that He has been sent from God and died for humanity’s sin. It is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God that has come to take away the sin of the world and that He is the only savior from God.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Our relationship to God is determined solely by our attitude to the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. The Lord Jesus Christ is a stumbling stone to some because of:
  3. His very person (birth, life, claims)
  4. What he didn't do (not establish an earthly kingdom)
  5. His death on the cross and its implications (condemns human pride and self-righteousness)
  6. The tragedy of stumbling at Christ:
  7. Rejecting God's purpose and plan of salvation
  8. Rejecting God's most glorious act (sending His Son)
  9. Rejecting the blessings of salvation (forgiveness, righteousness, new life, hope of glory)
  10. Finding no satisfaction or sanctuary in this life
  11. Realizing the folly too late and facing eternal remorse

The Book of Romans

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.