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Mind; Heart and Will

Spiritual Depression

A Sermon on Romans 6:17

But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, (ESV)

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Are you experiencing the joy of your salvation? Why do Christians become spiritually depressed? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that we often do not realize the greatness of the Gospel. In this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows that the Christian message is to involve the whole person; and the whole person is to be affected by it. We cannot rejoice in the Gospel if our doctrine is unbalanced or lopsided. Some Christians emphasize merely the morality of the Christian message. Others believe Christianity is only about forgiveness of sins. This is due to the fact that many preachers embrace doctrine which lacks balance. Converts often look like those used in their conversion, picking up their characteristics. Thus, for many, their understanding of the Christian message is lacking. Listen as Lloyd-Jones argues that the Gospel transforms the whole man––not simply part of him. A Christian is a man who knows why he is what he is. A Christian must be ready to give a reason for the hope within. As we battle spiritual depression, it is imperative that we know the whole Gospel and that we have been affected by it. In this way, one may, once again, experience the joy of their salvation. 

Additional Scripture Translations

Romans 6:17, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

17But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were entrusted,

Romans 6:17, King James Version (KJV)

17But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

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.