Message 5, 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.


  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.