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Sermon #3018

Called to Preach

A Sermon on Romans 1:7-15


Romans 1:7-15 ESV KJV
To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. …

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Sermon Description

In this sermon on Romans 1:7-15, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds the listener about the apostle Paul and the great apostle's attitude toward his work. In his message titled “Called to Preach” Dr. Lloyd-Jones calls all Christians, especially men called to ministry, to characterize their work as service. He calls all Christians to follow the apostle Paul by rendering their service in the same way he renders his service. Paul’s call to preach the gospel was not a profession or an opportunity to demonstrate his personality. Paul refused to build service to Christ around himself. True Christian preaching for Paul was not about self-promotion, carnal zeal, and relying on the flesh. Instead, Paul served God in his spirit, surrendering completely to the Holy Spirit. Paul’s service, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, was whole-hearted service. Paul was not merely external in his ministry, but instead valued sincerity. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones brings a challenging reminder of the true nature and character of Christian ministry.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The apostle Paul deals with two main matters in Romans 1:7-15. First, he says certain things to the Christians in Rome. Second, he tells us certain things about himself.
  2. Paul's object in writing to the Romans was to give them reasons for doing so. In the process, he reveals aspects of his own character and ministry.
  3. The word "first" in Romans 1:8 signifies the importance and meaning of the Roman church to Paul.
  4. We can deduce from this passage that Paul had an active prayer life, as evidenced by his praying for the Roman Christians.
  5. Paul's prayer life demonstrates that he was completely submitted to and submissive to God's will. Although Paul had his own ideas and plans, he did not act until he was sure it was God's will.
  6. The third thing we learn about Paul from this passage is his attitude toward his ministry and service to God. Paul is an example and model for Christian service.
  7. Paul describes his ministry as a "service" to God in Romans 1:9. The word translated as "service" refers to religious service and worship. Any work done for God's kingdom should have an element of worship.
  8. Paul served God with his "spirit" (Romans 1:9), indicating his ministry was sincere, not external or superficial. It came from within him, not imposed from without.
  9. Serving God with his "spirit" means Paul's ministry was not done for show or in a detached, academic manner. There was passion and zeal, but not a "carnal" zeal for its own sake.
  10. Paul did not serve for his own glory or personality, but to glorify God. He did not rely on eloquence, learning, or human wisdom, but on the power of the Holy Spirit.
  11. Paul served God with his whole being, holding nothing back. He considered nothing dear to himself except finishing the ministry Christ gave him.
  12. Paul's service was done in weakness and fear, relying on God's power and not his own. His zeal was like Christ's, to seek and save the lost.

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.