But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 1 Peter 3: 14-16
The intercession of our Great High Priest is the foundation for our confidence when it comes to our perseverance. It also helps us make sense of the accounts of Peter and Judas, two of Jesus' disciples who experienced a serious fall. One disciple's fall away from Christ is seen as a final and full work of apostasy, whereas the other disciple's
As R.C. Sproul has said, the most serious problem we face as humans is that "God is holy and we are not." During our 2015 Fall Conference at Reformation Bible College, we considered this problem and addressed the scope of the biblical gospel. Hosted in partnership with The Master's Seminary, the conference featured Dr. John
Jesus Christ taught the doctrines of grace clearly and convincingly. He did not withhold these towering truths from His public ministry, but openly declared them to all, for all needed to hear them. Whether in the remote places of Galilee or in the religious frenzy of Jerusalem, whether to His own disciples or to the unconverted multitudes, Christ
"There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ's moral character, and that is that He believed in hell." So wrote the agnostic British philosopher Bertrand Russell in 1967. The idea of eternal punishment for sin, he further notes, is "a doctrine that put cruelty in the world and gave the world generations of cruel torture."
His views are at
If we want to understand ourselves and our churches, we need to know where we've been. Despite rising Darwinism, growing liberalism, a wave of revivalism, and many other tremendous challenges, the 19th century was a time of fervent missionary endeavor and a growing Church. In this series, A Survey of Church History, Part 5, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey
Tabletalk: We often hear of the calling for pastors to be theologians. What does it mean to be a theologian, and how can pastors fulfill that calling?
Sinclair Ferguson: Being a theologian means, in essence,
The New Testament gives us some broad principles on how we are supposed to respond to government. For example, Romans 13 elaborates on the origin and institution of government as something that God ordains.
The great theologian Augustine said that government is a necessary evil, that it is necessary because of evil. And most theologians in the
If you joined us for our 2015 National Conference, you’ll remember the beautiful chalk art created by Chris Yoon during our time together. We captured the entire process as a time lapse. You might even see some familiar faces.
In 2 Peter 1:16, the Apostle tells us that he and the other Apostles "did not follow cleverly devised myths" when they proclaimed "the power and coming" of Christ Jesus. Rather, the Apostles were "eyewitnesses of his majesty." These men saw something take place in space and time that altered the course of human history. The incarnation, ministry,
There is...a more subtle snare lurking in this world of immediate access to information that affects Christians in a unique way: the temptation of allowing online sermons to displace one's commitment to hearing God's Word preached in person
Let's face it. Times are getting tougher for Christians.
In spite of what happened on 9/11, Islam now has most favored religious status in our country (what other religion has the suffix "phobia" attached to its name to protect it from criticism?). And Christians? Well, we're narrow-minded, judgmental, intolerant, and bigoted. In a word, dangerous.
Expository preaching is a necessary corollary of the doctrine of the God-breathed nature of Scripture. The idea is not so much that God breathed into the Scriptures, but that the Scriptures are the product of His breathing out. Independent of what we may feel about the Bible as we read it, Scripture maintains a "breath of God" quality. Thus, the
If I have heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times: "A Calvinist evangelist? Isn't that an oxymoron? Calvinism undermines evangelism." This accusation has been repeated so many times that few make the effort to argue it. Instead, it is simply assumed. Never mind that some of the church's greatest evangelists have been Calvinists. One need
God's truth and the grace of Christ are not qualified, far less nullified, by our feelings. However we might feel, however desperately wretched we might be, if we have believed in God's Son and are resting the whole weight of who we
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Virtually every Christian at some point has resolved to read the entire Bible. If we believe the Bible is the Word of God, it's natural not to want to miss a word of it. If God delivered a letter to your mailbox, I am sure you would read it. But the Bible is a pretty big letter, and its sheer bulk is somewhat daunting, even to the person with the
At Ligonier, we're confident in the power of the Word of God to convert sinners and equip Christians for every good work. We want the gospel to go forth to every nation, even if some may take that gospel and twist it to their own ends. But we
Imagine a circle that represents the character of mankind. Now imagine that if someone sins, a spot—a moral blemish of sorts—appears in the circle, marring the character of man. If other sins occur, more blemishes appear in the circle. Well, if sins continue to multiply, eventually the entire circle will be filled with spots and
Many Christians go their entire lives without being used by God to be the human instrument and means by which a person comes to Christ. My own calling is not as an evangelist, but seeing another human being come to Christ is the most meaningful ministry experience I've ever had.
I once was hired by a church to be the minister of theology, which
Christians from every theological tradition have for centuries confessed their faith by reciting the Apostles' Creed. Elsewhere I have taught on the actual content of this creed, but if there is one aspect of this confession that we often fail to reflect on, it is the creed's opening words: I believe.
Here I want to consider faith in relation to
Upon my return to the States, Dr. Sproul, Chris Larson (president of Ligonier Ministries), and I discussed our need to get the Reformation Study Bible translated into Spanish and other major world languages as soon as we could
Ian Hamilton describes what we know of John Calvin's conversion in this excerpt from his new teaching series, Calvinism and the Christian Life.
It's uncertain when Calvin was actually converted to the Lord Jesus Christ, probably between the years 1530 and 1533.
Calvin remarkably says almost nothing about the circumstances of his
Maybe it began earlier than the 1950s and '60s, but those decades seem to mark the rise of the fascination with youth in American culture. The famous line that celebrates all things young, often wrongly attributed to James Dean, declares, "Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse behind."
Popular music, that telling barometer of
The September issue of Tabletalk considers the purpose and importance of study Bibles, providing an apologetic for their development and use. Study Bibles have a rich history among God's people, and their use has promoted great spiritual growth among Christians through the years. This issue of Tabletalk looks at the history of study
To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it, in May 2013 we made the ebook editions of R.C. Sproul's Crucial Questions series free forever. We continue to publish new ebooks in this series and this year have added Can I Lose My Salvation? and What Is the Great Commission
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