• Continuing the Reformation by ,

    The Reformation was a turning point in the history of the church. And in its aftermath, Protestants wanted to continue along the trajectory set by the Reformers. They sought to further develop a theology which was reformed according to Scripture …

  • Puritan Politics by ,

    During the mid-seventeenth century, England was embroiled in a civil war between the king’s forces and those of parliament. The aftermath of this conflict saw political change and much theological reflection. It was during this time period that the …

  • Puritan Piety by ,

    Inward apathy toward the Lord masked by outward obedience is a real and constant threat in any church. Keenly aware of this danger, the Puritans zealously proclaimed the importance of heart-felt affection for the Lord. They sought to nourish genuine …

  • Scholastic Theology by ,

    One might think of scholastic theology as dry, nitpicky, and irrelevant, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Many scholastic theologians were learned, lively, and deeply concerned not just about orthodoxy, but also piety. Although their writings are …

  • Glorified Yet Denied by

    The polluted atmosphere changed with the departure of Judas from the Upper Room. Jesus then more freely opened Himself and His plan to the remaining disciples. The moment anticipated in John 1:14 had come. The Son of Man had …

  • Do for Others What Has Been Done for You by

    Most people are familiar with the “Golden Rule” of Matthew 7:12: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” In this message, Dr. Ferguson connects this wellknown maxim to the foot-washing in John 13. As he …

  • His Deepest Desires Revealed by

    The room was silent as Jesus continued praying—probably as His disciples had never heard Him pray before. Judas had departed, and Peter likely sat disturbed about the denial Jesus had predicted. We saw in the last lesson that Jesus …

  • Father, Glorify Your Son by

    In churches, we often hold social gatherings in order to grow in our knowledge of one another. There is perhaps no other gathering where we get to know people better than the prayer meeting. There, we have the privilege, as …

  • The Meaning of Christmas at Easter by

    Preachers sometimes speak over the heads of people and so fail to connect with them. As Charles Spurgeon once observed, “Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep,’ not my giraffes.” Yet, our Savior at times delivered teachings that puzzled His disciples, and …

  • Abiding in the Vine by

    Did you know that the most common description in the New Testament for believers is not “Christian” but simply “in Christ”? Through the power of the Holy Spirit, believers experience the indwelling of Christ. The disciples struggled to grasp the …

  • Getting Inside Their Heads by

    So far in this series, the Upper Room Discourse has taken the disciples on a roller coaster of emotions, especially with the pronouncement of betrayal and denial within the inner circle of disciples. If that was not enough, Jesus would …

  • It Is Better That Another Comes by

    Martin Luther’s students often conversed over dinner with him and recorded many of his comments in what became known as Table Talk. In this lesson, Dr. Ferguson speaks of the “table talk” of Jesus that John recorded in the …

  • A Glimpse into the Heart of the Master by

    Even though we know that Jesus never sinned, we have a difficult time coming to grips with the fact that He could become agitated. Still, knowing that He would be betrayed and who would carry out the task, He was …

  • Foot Washing in Five Stages by

    The day before His crucifixion, Jesus shared His heart with His disciples. In what we know as the Upper Room or Farewell Discourse of John 13–17, He announced His betrayal and denial; foretold His death, glorification, and departure from …

  • This is My Father’s World by

    The old saying goes, “You don’t polish brass on a sinking ship,” and Christians today might be tempted to see the world as the sinking ship. In this session, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson will remind us that the world was …