Message 16, Ask R.C. Live (January 2014):

Answering theological questions from his students has been a continual commitment throughout Dr. R.C. Sproul’s ministry. Originally called “gabfests” by his early students and later, “Ask R.C.,” these sessions continue to take place at our conferences, on Renewing Your Mind, and online.

Watch this Ask R.C. event hosted by Lee Webb and recorded live on January 21, 2014.


  1. When a Christian dies, do they immediately go to heaven? (01:03)
  2. f Jesus was born of the substance of the virgin Mary, how was He born without original sin? (03:00)
  3. If Saul had repented, would God have made the bloodline of Christ go through Saul and Jonathan rather than David? (09:10)
  4. If God is a Spirit, how is Jesus, being God, more than just a Spirit? (11:08)
  5. If no one seeks for God (Rom. 3:11), how do we understand what Paul says in Acts 17? (19:45)
  6. Did God know there would one day be sin in the world when he created it? (27:33)
  7. Should fear play a role in our evangelism? (38:50)
  8. Since Jesus took the punishment for us, why did He not have to spend eternity in hell? (43:43)
  9. How concerned should we be for the lack of truth in the local church? (47:45)
  10. When should a person leave a church? (51:00)
  11. If we do not witness and share the gospel will some people not go to heaven? (54:37
  12. Can you, by prayer, change God’s will? If not, why pray? (58:54)
  13. How does one obtain eternal life? (1:02:10)
  14. When the Psalms make promises like in Psalm 91—no harm, no disaster will overtake us—how are we to interpret them? (1:08:40)
  15. How do we distinguish between the work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, and His work in the New Testament? (1:11:30)
  16. I’m a believer, but can’t recall a time when I became a Christian. Can you help me understand this? (1:17:35)
  17. How is it just for people to be born with a sin nature when they have never actually sinned? (1:18:30)
  18. Why did God rest after six days of creation? (1:19:42)
  19. Has God created one right person for each to marry? (1:20:42)
  20. What do you think is the greatest need of the modern church? (1:21:25)
  21. What is conveyed to an infant at baptism? (1:21:37)
  22. What role do electronic devices have during the Lord’s Day worship? (1:22:18)
  23. What did Jesus mean when He said, “I am the resurrection”? (1:23:28)
  24. Why does Old Testament prophecy speak of God giving His people a new heart of flesh if Old Testament saints were regenerate to begin with? (1:24:07)
  25. Why do we need a new heaven and a new earth if heaven is perfect? (1:26:15)

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.