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Sermon #1177

The Christian Life

A Sermon on John 4:27-30


John 4:27-30 ESV KJV
Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a …

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Sermon Description

Listen to this sermon on John 4:27–30 titled “The Christian Life” as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines the transformation of the Christian and takes a look at the story of the woman at the well. Learn of the instinct that humanity has for safety and how the Christian gospel responds to that instinct. Christianity is not just an addition to life. The Christian life ought to look essentially different. Christianity is not just a duty that one must force themselves to do as if it were an extra burden. The Christian should ask what kind of impression they give regarding Christianity. It is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself that determines, controls, and dominates the Christian life in every respect. Looks at the lives of saints who were described as a “Christ-intoxicated” and a “bond-slaves for Christ.” Christians belong to Christ and have an entirely new way of thinking. The lust of the flesh, eyes, and world are not characteristic and dominating of the Christian. Learn that it is when eyes are set on things above and are no longer moved by the things that are constantly shifting and happening around them. Christianity provides a unique stability. The Christian is no longer conformed to this world, but transformed into a new creation.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon focuses on John 4:27-30 and examines the story of the Samaritan woman at the well.
  2. The main point of the sermon is that the Christian life is a complete and radical change where Christ dominates and controls every aspect of one's life.
  3. The sermon outlines how this complete change manifests itself in one's mind, interests, will, and heart.
  4. Regarding the mind, the Christian develops a new way of thinking that views all things through the lens of Christ and the gospel. The Christian is not conformed to the world's way of thinking.
  5. Regarding interests, Christ becomes the Christian's main interest and priority in life. The Christian's interests are centered on Christ and the things of God.
  6. Regarding the will, the Christian's will is surrendered to Christ. The Christian wants to do God's will, not their own will.
  7. Regarding the heart, the Christian develops a passion and excitement for Christ. The Christian's heart is captivated by Christ.
  8. The sermon warns against a mechanical, duty-based religion that lacks this complete change and passion for Christ. True Christianity revolutionizes all areas of one's life as Christ takes control.

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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.