The Christian Experience
A Sermon on Ezekiel 3:1-3
And he said to me, “Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. And he said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.” Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey. (ESV)
Have you ever wondered why it is beneficial to study the Old Testament? Reading through the Old Testament can seem challenging and confusing at times, but as Dr. Lloyd-Jones illustrates in this sermon on Ezekiel 3:1-3, it is very applicable to the life of a believer today. This passage addresses the essence of the Christian experience, which is the knowledge of God. Preaching from the book of Ezekiel, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones helps us better understand what differentiates proper and false experiences of God from each other. First, false experiences are external to people— it is something that is added on to their life, not an integral part of who they are. Second, false experiences of God vary depending on the season of life that a person is in. In difficult times, people are much quicker to turn to the Lord because they realize how much they need Him— however, when situations are going well, they make the mistake of thinking they can walk without Him. Third, this false Christianity is only a vague influence on someone’s life. Real Christianity, however, is the polar opposite. It is practiced regularly because it is at the core of who a believer in Christ is. Christianity, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, is a heart religion that influences all the actions of a believer’s life. Listen as he helps the listener discern between true and false Christianity and the importance of following wholeheartedly with one’s life.
About 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.