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Message 1, Ask Ligonier with Sinclair Ferguson (January 2020):

On January 8th, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson joined us as a special guest on our Ask Ligonier team and answered your biblical and theological questions live online.

This special online event was streamed live on Ligonier’s blogYouTubeFacebook, and Twitter.

Questions:

  1. Which Puritan books have helped you the most? (2:50)
  2. Does Christ save us from hell, from God’s wrath, or both? (3:34)
  3. Is it wise for a young man called by God to be a pastor not to pursue marriage? (4:12)
  4. What do you see as the problem in the church in our century? (5:04)
  5. What does Romans 1 mean when it says, “God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts”? (7:45)
  6. What advice would you offer to someone who has seen the fruits of salvation in their life but still doubts their salvation at times? (9:11)
  7. What are the signs, or marks, of the true church? (10:49)
  8. How can I honestly assess the presence of spiritual fruit in my life? How do I know if I have genuinely repented of my sin? (12:10)
  9. When people say that “everything happens for a reason,” how should I respond biblically? (13:19)
  10. What are the “elementary principles of the world” in Galatians 4:3, and how do they enslave us? (16:12)
  11. If circumcision was a covenant sign after Abraham had faith in God, why is baptism a covenant sign given to those who haven’t yet shown faith in God? (19:28)
  12. What approach should a local church use to get the outward call of the gospel to all the neighbors living nearby? (23:05)
  13. Looking into the next decade, what things should we be concerned about losing in the church? What things do you think were lost in the last decade? (29:00)
  14. What do you think about a church that allows women to be “pastors,” but only in certain non-preaching roles, such as a worship pastor or small group pastor? (29:38)
  15. Do you think that we can learn humility from the scholarship of Herman Bavinck? (35:13)
  16. What advice would you give to a young Christian? (38:20)
  17. In John 4:23, what does it mean to worship God “in spirit”? (42:01)
  18. As you think about church history, is there someone a little more obscure, perhaps someone we’ve never heard of? Why do they come to mind? (45:17)
  19. How should I answer someone who asks, “How do we know the Bible was not written by religious leaders to control people, as in Dan Brown’s novels?” (46:50)
  20. What is an appropriate way to pray when natural disasters strike? (50:00)
  21. In light of the recent conflict between the U.S. and Iran, is the end getting nearer? (51:13)
  22. Should we view “the world” in John 3:16 as the elect or as fallen humanity? (52:00)
  23. What is the best book of the Bible for an eleven-year-old boy to read? (53:21)
  24. What view of eschatology do you ascribe to? (56:08)
  25. What is essentially wrong with the prosperity gospel? (56:19)
  26. Why did God permit David to have many wives, even though that was against His commandments? (56:33)
  27. What are your favorite Bible commentaries? (56:52)
  28. Are there different levels of glory in heaven? (57:28)
  29. What are the attributes of Christ which make Him beautiful to sinners, and how should Christ’s attributes be presented so that sinners will be drawn to Him savingly? (58:46)
  30. How do I know if I am saved? (1:01:37)

Note: Answers given reflect the views of the individual speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dr. R.C. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries. Here is our Statement of Faith.