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Sermon #3366


A Sermon on Romans 14:14-16


Romans 14:14-16 ESV KJV
I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the …

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Sermon Description

Teaching on the conscience is relatively sparse in Scripture. The topic occurs in only a few passages in Paul’s letters so many Christians are either uninformed about the conscience or perhaps confused. How vital is it to the Christian life and what is Scripture’s teaching on it? In a sermon dedicated entirely to key questions regarding the conscience, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones posits that the apostle Paul’s teaching on the conscience is one of the most important subjects for the family of God. In his sermon on Romans 14:14–16 titled “Conscience,” Dr. Lloyd-Jones brings related passages on the conscience together in order to evaluate key terms and answer basic questions on the conscience. Drawing from Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 10, Dr. Lloyd-Jones analyzes the context of strong and weak Christians on matters of opinion. With regards to these indifferent matters, the conscience is ultimate. Christians are not to exercise their liberty in such a way that it comes under the condemnation of another believer’s conscience. Disregarding another’s conscience or one’s own can have devastating results. As such, Dr. Lloyd-Jones looks in-depth at Scriptural teaching on a defiled and seared conscience. Finally, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones provides listeners with the two main functions of the conscience in the Christian life.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The conscience is extremely important to the Christian life. It acts as a safeguard against theoretical opinions and indolence.
  2. The conscience condemns actions that go against God's law. It acts independently of our will and desires.
  3. We can act against our conscience, leading to a "bad conscience." We can also defile and sear our conscience through persistent sin and disobedience.
  4. A good conscience means we are not condemned by our conscience. A conscience void of offense means we are acting according to our conscience.
  5. Our conscience bears witness to the truth and agrees with righteous actions.
  6. We must have a pure, cleansed, and sprinkled conscience. We must hold onto faith with a good conscience.
  7. We can have a weak conscience, meaning we have a poor understanding of Christian freedom and what is sinful. We must be careful not to wound the weak consciences of others.
  8. The conscience is a safeguard against theoretical Christianity, indolence, and false spirituality. It condemns teachings that seem spiritual but go against God's word.
  9. We must listen to our conscience and not argue against it. We should not abuse the doctrine of justification by faith to ignore our conscience.
  10. The conscience is given by God to all people. For Christians, it helps us know God's will and live righteously. We must keep our conscience clear and avoid defiling it.

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.