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Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Its Cure (Lloyd-Jones)

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This enduring collection of twenty-one sermons by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, each originally delivered at Westminster Chapel in London, carefully and compassionately analyzes an undeniable feature of modern society from which Christians have not escaped—spiritual depression.

"Christian people," writes Lloyd-Jones, "too often seem to be perpetually in the doldrums and too often give this appearance of unhappiness and of lack of freedom and absence of joy. There is no question at all but that this is the main reason why large numbers of people have ceased to be interested in Christianity."

Believing the Christian joy was one of the most potent factors in the spread of Christianity in the early centuries, Lloyd-Jones not only lays bare the causes that have robbed many Christians of spiritual vitality but also points the way to the cure that is found through the mind and spirit of Christ.

Table of Contents:

  1. General Consideration (Psalm 42:5, Psalm 42:11)
  2. The True Foundation (Romans 3:28)
  3. Men as Trees, Walking (Mark 8:22, 26)
  4. Mind, Heart and Will (Romans 6:17)
  5. That One Sin (1 Timothy 1:16)
  6. Vain Regrets (1 Corinthians 15:8-10)
  7. Fear of the Future (2 Timothy 1:7)
  8. Feelings (2 Timothy 1:6)
  9. Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16)
  10. Where is Your Faith? (Luke 8:22-25)
  11. Looking at the Waves (Matthew 14:22-33)
  12. The Spirit of Bondage (Romans 8:15-17)
  13. False Teaching (Galatians 4:15)
  14. Weary in Well Doing (Galatians 6:9)
  15. Discipline (2 Peter 1:5-7)
  16. Trials (1 Peter 1:6-7)
  17. Chastening (Hebrews 12:5-11)
  18. In God’s Gymnasium (Hebrews 12:5-11)
  19. The Peace of God (Philippians 4:6-7)
  20. Learning to be Content (Philippians 4:10-12)
  21. The Final Cure (Philippians 4:13)


“The pastor who is bleeding with and for his people will find here above all a consuming and exemplary effort to cause burdened minds to discover a clear vision of the merciful God and the atoning Christ.” – Concordia Theological Monthly

“Spiritual depression is here probed with a sharp scalpel…These sermons present conservative theology in its most winsome, persuasive, and useful garb.” – The Christian Century

“These sermons reproduced in the style in which they were delivered, open to the reader in text after text the abundant riches of the gospel.” – Church Herald


Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), minister of Westminster Chapel in London for 30 years, was one of the foremost preachers of his day. His many books have brought profound spiritual encouragement to millions around the world.