Essential R.C. Sproul

Get to know Dr. R.C. Sproul's passion for the holiness of God and His holy Word through these timeless series, lectures, and articles.

  • Before the Beginning: The Aseity of God Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    Unlike creation, God is self-existent, uncaused, and independent. In this lecture, Dr. Sproul will examine the doctrine of God’s aseity, and explain why it is vital to a proper understanding of who God is as Creator and Redeemer. View Resource

  • Beholding His Glory Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    As we wait for the coming Kingdom in all its fullness, many of us eagerly look forward to being reunited with loved ones who have since passed into glory. Yet, in the meantime, we are perplexed by various questions. What will they look like? Will we recognize them? What will any of us look like? In this message, Dr. Sproul reminds us that whatever kind of bodies we have, they will be fit for the most important thing—beholding the glory of God. View Resource

  • Creation Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    The whole scope of Scripture has been given to us by God for our instruction, for our reproof, and for our edification; Here Dr. Sproul starts out the “Dust to Glory” series in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. He speaks on the controversies we see and lessons we learn from Genesis’ recount of “Creation”. View Resource

  • Counted Righteous in Christ Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    Historically, the doctrine of imputation has been rejected by Rome. Today, it is also rejected by many who profess to be evangelicals. In this message, Dr. R.C. Sproul will explain the meaning of the doctrine of imputation, and explain why the doctrine is essential to the Gospel. View Resource

  • The Task of Apologetics Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    This message will define apologetics and explain its basic task and purpose. View Resource

  • The Church's Destiny Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    When the bride of Christ has finished her pilgrimage, what will her ultimate destiny be?  Scripture looks forward to the marriage supper of the Lamb and a new heavens and new earth.  In this message, Dr. R.C. Sproul will examine what the Bible teaches us about the church’s triumphant future. View Resource

  • The Holiness of God Teaching Series with R.C. Sproul

    The Holiness of God examines the meaning of holiness and why people are both fascinated and terrified by a holy God. This series closely explores God’s character, leading to new insights on sin, justice, and grace. The result is a new awareness of our dependence upon God’s mercy and a discovery of the awesomeness of His majestic holiness. Dr. R.C. Sproul says, “The holiness of God affects every aspect of our lives—economics, politics, athletics, romance—everything with which we are involved.” View Resource

  • How to Study the Bible Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    Have you ever a read passage in the Bible and discovered something you never noticed before? How many interpretations can one Scripture passage have? Are all interpretations valid? While the basic message of Scripture is clear, those who do not understand and apply the basic principles of biblical interpretation can easily misinterpret it. In this message, Dr. R.C. Sproul, Sr. will introduce some of the more important tools and concepts that are necessary in order to properly study and understand the Bible. View Resource

  • Cosmic Treason Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2008

    The sinfulness of sin” sounds like a vacuous redundancy that adds no information to the subject under discussion. However, the necessity of speaking of the sinfulness of sin has been thrust upon us by a culture and even a church that has diminished the significance of sin itself. Sin is communicated in our day in terms of making mistakes or of making poor choices. When I take an examination or a spelling test, if I make a mistake, I miss a particular word. It is one thing to make a mistake. It is another to look at my neighbor’s paper … View Resource

  • Knowledge of God Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    Even though our knowledge of God is neither exhaustive nor comprehensive, we can still speak about Him in a way that is meaningful and true. In this lesson, Dr. Sproul reminds us that God has spoken to us in terms that we can understand and that He has made us in His image, which enables meaningful communication between God and us. View Resource

  • Faith Alone (Part 1) Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    There were many factors that contributed to the Reformation, but what was the main issue? What was it that drove Martin Luther to challenge the only church he had ever known? In this message, Dr. Sproul looks at the underlying cause of the Reformation, known by the Latin term Sola Fides—”Faith Alone.” View Resource

  • The Mystery of Iniquity Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    It has been called the Achilles’ heel of the Christian faith. Of course, I’m referring to the classical problem of the existence of evil. Philosophers such as John Stuart Mill have argued that the existence of evil demonstrates that God is either not omnipotent or not good and loving — the reasoning being that if evil exists apart from the sovereign power of God, then by resistless logic, God cannot be deemed omnipotent. On the other hand, if God does have the power to prevent evil but fails to do it, then this would reflect upon His character, indicating that … View Resource

  • Chosen By God Teaching Series with R.C. Sproul

    Many people reject Reformed theology or Calvinism because they believe it teaches that God drags people kicking and screaming into the church against their will. This, however, is a gross distortion of the biblical doctrine of election, which is grounded in God’s love for His people. In this series, Dr. Sproul carefully explains the meaning of God’s sovereignty in the work of redemption and shows how it relates to the will of man. View Resource

  • What Is Reformed Theology? Teaching Series with R.C. Sproul

    There is something healthy about returning to one’s roots. When it comes to evangelical Christianity, its roots are found in the soil of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation. Just as the Reformers protested the corrupt teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, so today evangelicalism itself is in need of a modern reformation. In What Is Reformed Theology?, Dr. R.C. Sproul offers a comprehensive introduction to Reformed theology. Simply put, it is the theology of the Protestant Reformers and the heart of historical evangelicalism. As C.H. Spurgeon once said, Reformed theology is nothing other than biblical Christianity. View Resource

  • What Is Theology? Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    There is much confusion behind the word theology. While most disciplines such as biology or zoology are commonly understood, the study of God is usually a foreign concept. In this lesson, Dr. Sproul defines the term theology as a subject that encompasses all of what God has revealed generally and specially View Resource

  • Grace Alone Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2009 | Matthew 13

    Soli Deo gloria is the motto that grew out of the Protestant Reformation and was used on every composition by Johann Sebastian Bach. He affixed the initials SDG at the bottom of each manuscript to communicate the idea that it is God and God alone who is to receive the glory for the wonders of His work of creation and of redemption. At the heart of the sixteenth-century controversy over salvation was the issue of grace. It was not a question of man’s need for grace. It was a question as to the extent of that need. The church had … View Resource

  • The Theologian Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2009

    Thinkers in the ancient world sought to plumb the depths of ultimate reality. With that quest for ultimate reality came the birth of the discipline of philosophy. Some philosophers focused on one particular aspect of philosophy called metaphysics (ultimate being). Others focused their attention on epistemology (the science of knowing). Still others stressed in their investigation the basic principles and elements of ethics (the study of the good and the right). And others focused on the ultimate foundations for aesthetics (the study of the beautiful). One philosopher stood out as being deeply involved in the study of all of these matters … View Resource

  • The Insanity of Luther Video Message by R.C. Sproul

  • The Early Years of Jesus' Life Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    The Bible does not record much of what happened in the early years of Jesus’ life. Because of this, many have attempted to fill in the gaps between His birth and His baptism by John. Although the Gospels do not record much in terms of the amount of biblical data, what it is recorded speaks volumes about the vocation and mission of Jesus. In this message, Dr. Sproul discusses this as he visits with Mary and Joseph at the Temple, looking at “The Early Years of Jesus’ Life.” View Resource

  • The Curse Motif of the Atonement Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    The Scriptures declare that Christ was “made a curse for us.” What exactly does that mean? To answer this question, R.C. Sproul traces the curse motif of the atonement from the Old Testament and through to its ultimate fulfillment in Christ’s work on the cross. View Resource

  • Our Father Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2007

    The next time you attend a prayer meeting, pay close attention to the manner in which individuals address God. Invariably, the form of address will be something like this, “Our dear heavenly Father,” “Father,” “Father God,” or some other form of reference to God as Father. Not everyone customarily addresses God in the first instance in prayer by using the title “Father.” However, the use of the term Father in addressing God in prayer is overwhelmingly found as the preference among people who pray. What is the significance of this? It would seem that the instructions of … View Resource

  • Ask R.C. 2007: Best of Listener Questions Teaching Series with R.C. Sproul

    People have real, important, and difficult questions when it comes to theology and the teachings of our faith. In this series of “Ask R.C.,” Dr. R.C. Sproul answers a variety of questions about the Bible, philosophy, the Christian life, and many other important theological issues called in by listeners and supporters of Ligonier Ministries. Questions include:  What is your opinion about the age of the earth and its theological significance? Could Revelation 11:18 be interpreted in an ecological context? Can you explain the Catholic doctrine of purgatory? If salvation is based on God’s election, how can there be any … View Resource

  • The Center of Christian Preaching: Justification by Faith Alone Video Message by R.C. Sproul

  • Thales Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    As Christians we are not without answers to life’s most fundamental questions. We have God’s Word to supply those answers for us. But how have others tried to resolve those ultimate questions? Beginning this new series titled Consequences of Ideas, which looks at the development of philosophical thought that has shaped the Western world, Dr. Sproul starts at the beginning with Thales and his idea of the unifying factor in reality. View Resource

  • God of the Bible vs. God of Philosophy Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    There is so much about God that is beyond our comprehension. But does this make God unknowable? If not, is it possible that some of the philosophers caught a glimpse of our Creator? Continuing this series of “Defending Your Faith,” Dr. Sproul explores the possibility of there being any resemblance between the God revealed in the Bible and what the philosophers have discovered in nature. View Resource

  • Why Apologetics? Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    Is it necessary to defend your faith? First Peter 3:15 tells us that it is. But is defending the faith a matter of giving historical and archaeological evidences for the dependability of the Bible, or giving rational arguments using the tools of philosophy? Supposing you had all of your evidences and arguments prepared, are they really going to work on the unbeliever?  Dr. Sproul looks at Christian apologetics as he helps us understand how to fulfill the mandate in first Peter. View Resource