For the last month or so I’ve enjoyed listening to a series of sermons from Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Romans, delivered in the mid 1950s by Pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones, M.D., at Westminster Chapel, London.
This past week I got through the Doctrinal portions of the Letter, arriving at the first verse in which the Apostle begins to encourage his readers in their new lives as Citizens of the Kingdom of G-D. [Yes, it has taken that long even though I’ve listened to at least five sermons each week.]
But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:13,14
While Pastor Lloyd-Jones elaborates the scriptures a verse at a time, he often spends the hour on a key portion of the verse, moving on in the following sermon to complete it. The series of sermons I’ve been listening to took place on Friday nights, and must have gone on for several years.
Most of Pastor MLJ’s sermons begin with a recap, often an extensive retelling, of previous sermons. He says all good teachers offer their students repetition to order to enhance learning. On several occasions, Pastor MLJ takes most of his hourly sermon to elaborate on a single word, or two, to ensure that he is clear on the meaning and its usage.
The word “unto,” for instance is used in the statement that we are dead unto sin. It is also used in the alternate, that we are alive unto Christ. Pastor MLJ wants us to understand that this word, which one particular dictionary states is archaic, does not mean “to,” despite that meaning given in another dictionary.
Anyway, Pastor MLJ could seem to belabor a point. And in today’s culture of the six-second sound bite, he would probably have only a few people willing to endure his preaching.
My point for today is that if we are not going to be deceived as we arrive at the very door to the End Times, we are going to need to refocus and delve much deeper into the Word of G-D.
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You can listen to the sermons of Pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones at The MLJ Trust.