Emotion and Emotionalism
A Sermon on John 4:13-14
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (ESV)
Where is joy found for Christians? In this sermon on John 4:13-14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows how a joy that is simply based in emotions is not the joy that Christ gives to us. True and lasting joy comes about when we put our trust in Jesus and come to a full assurance of salvation. Knowing that God is wholly for us in the sending of His Son to die for us is what gives Christians hope in this life. This assurance of joy is not simply the result of emotions, but it gives a true basis for our emotions. So, then there is nothing to fear from emotions in themselves, but only the misunderstanding of emotions in the Christian life. Cults and false religious teachers often appeal to emotions to gain converts and control them; this is wholly opposed to the truths of the Gospel that provide a basis for true joy in the life of Christians. For true emotions can be expressed many ways for Christians, provided that they have a basis in God’s truth! This sermon is a comfort for all who are searching for joy because it proclaims Christ as our true and lasting hope.
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.