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Sermon #3232

Doctrine and Practice

A Sermon on Romans 10:1-21


Romans 10:1-21 ESV KJV
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not …

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Sermon Description

Doctrine and practice must not be separated. This seemingly simple truth has a great impact on how Christians live and seek to obey Christ. In this sermon on Romans 10:1–21 titled “Doctrine and Practice,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on the apostle Paul’s doctrine of the Christian life in all its glory and weightiness. Out of the great truths of justification by faith, predestination, and perseverance comes a view of the life that is grounded in the person and work of Christ. Christians must seek to trust God and His providence. They must be faithful to the command to evangelize and seek to love their neighbors as themselves. They must also be aware of the danger to intellectualize Christianity at the expense of practice. Some say things such as, “If God is sovereign, why pray?” or “If God elects, why evangelize?” However, Dr. Lloyd-Jones warns not to try to use vain logic to understand God, but rather read Scripture faithfully and submit to all of God’s teaching. How then does doctrine relate to practice? The answer is that doctrine informs how God desires His people to live as new creatures in Christ Jesus.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The apostle Paul expresses his heartfelt desire for the salvation of his fellow Jews despite their persecution of him. He praises their zeal for God though it is misguided.
  2. We must learn to be objective in our relationships with unbelievers and not become emotionally involved. We need to see them as blinded by Satan rather than reacting angrily towards them.
  3. The apostle's attitude shows us that natural relationships do not determine salvation. We must view people as souls in need of salvation.
  4. There is a danger of following our own logic rather than Scripture. We must not say that since God elects, our actions do not matter. God ordains both the ends and the means - we are to pray, evangelize and preach.
  5. We do not know who the elect are, so we should pray for the salvation of all and preach the gospel to all. God could save the elect without us but has chosen to use us.
  6. We must follow the example of Scripture and pray for the salvation of others, not rely on our own reasoning. The greatest evangelists believed in election but were also passionate about evangelism and prayer.
  7. If our doctrine does not lead to a desire for the salvation of the lost and prayer for revival, we have misunderstood the doctrine. The doctrine of election is not fatalism.
  8. Belief comes through hearing the preaching of the gospel. We must preach for the salvation of others. God's method is to use means like preaching and prayer to save people.
  9. We must test whether we really believe the doctrine of election by whether we long for and pray for the salvation of others. Head knowledge without heart longing is useless.
  10. We need God to give us love and compassion for the lost like Jesus and Paul had. We need to experience the power of the truth, not just have intellectual knowledge.

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.