• Can I know that I am saved? Question and Answer

    Matthew 7:21-23

    The question of assurance is one of the biggest questions for many Christians. I dealt with that with an older saint this past Sunday evening. After the sermon, we spent some time together talking. We had a wonderful conversation really struggling with that question. This question that many Christians ask was a question I asked for many years of my life, and I couldn’t find a good resource on it. I couldn’t find something helpful that dealt with the theology of assurance. So, I put together a little book with some friends, to which Dr. Sproul wrote the forward, called … View Resource

  • Why are people so resistant to Reformed theology? Question and Answer

    Having come to Christ not too many years before coming to understand the doctrines of salvation in Scripture, the doctrine of God that I had been taught was that God did things a certain way and not another way. Having to fight against those presuppositions about God that are not biblical is one of the reasons. We have to undo a lot of bad theology before we can really understand the right biblical theology. I think that many Christians still struggle with the doctrines of grace in part because they’re struggling with them academically and exegetically. They’re struggling to understand … View Resource

  • How can we encourage our leaders in the church? Question and Answer

    1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

    Firstly, it’s good for the church to encourage their elders. Elders need encouragement. The Bible, in fact, commands God’s people to encourage their elders, to respect them, and to show them honor (1 Thess. 5:12–13; 1 Tim. 5:17). But people don’t realize how much we really do need encouragement. When I speak of elders, I’m speaking not only of ordained pastors but all ordained elders in the church. I would also say that goes for deacons as well. We need encouragement. Too often people think that those of us who are elders, particularly those of us who are preachers, are … View Resource

  • Will we live on earth after the resurrection? Question and Answer

    Will we live on earth after the resurrection? Yes, but it will be a new heaven and new earth. Just to keep the perspective in mind, I’ve said over the years that this world is not our home, but it will be. Of course, it won’t be the same world. It won’t really be as we know it. We don’t know quite what it’s going to be like, except that it’s going to be absolutely beyond words. I think to try to even describe it begins to ruin it. It’ll be beyond words. And I love looking at creation. I … View Resource

  • How do I know if I’m being called to be a pastor? Question and Answer

    It’s not simply a matter of gifting. It’s not simply a matter of an internal feeling of that call. And it’s not simply a matter of having the right education. A lot of times people feel called, and maybe that’s attested to by the demonstration and use of their gifts in the local church. Then they go to Bible college, or seminary, or both, and they say: “Well, now I’ve done it. I’ve spent all these years in Bible college and seminary. I’ve done all that I need to do—I’ve done an internship, I’ve come under care of a church, … View Resource

  • How do I cultivate a renewed mind? Question and Answer

    Romans 12:2

    We have to pray for it. We don’t believe in the Holy Spirit to the degree that we ought to. We don’t trust Him to the degree that we ought to, which means we’re not really trusting God to do what He promised He would do. We don’t ask God for the things He told us to ask Him for, and we have not because we ask not (James 4:2). We have to ask the Lord to renew our minds, and He does that by the Spirit of God. He does that from us studying His Word—and notice I said … View Resource

  • What is an “ordinary means of grace” ministry? Question and Answer

    FERGUSON: An ordinary means of grace ministry is the thrill, from the point of view of those who share in that ministry, of the exposition of Scripture in different ways and at different levels and watching the Word of God work. I’ve become more and more convinced that the default among us evangelicals is that we do the work and the Word helps us. And perhaps that’s an indication that in our churches we see far too infrequently what it’s like when the Word of God, preached in the power of the Holy Spirit, itself does the work and changes … View Resource

  • What is the goal of reformation? Question and Answer

    Psalm 115:1

    FERGUSON: Both in Calvin and in the Westminster Confession and its subordinate standards the answer to the first question, “What is our chief end?” must be the same as to the question, “What is the goal of Reformation?” The answer is, “To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” To be able to do both of these things simultaneously is what I think at the end of the day is going to make an impact on our contemporary world that is so interested in enjoyment. It’s very rare to hear non-Christians say, “See how these Christians enjoy the glory of … View Resource

  • How is the exclusivity of Christ alone under attack in different cultural contexts? Question and Answer

    DE CHIRICO: The seal of the gospel that my city and my nation have received as the standard form of the gospel was a Rome-alone kind of gospel. In our twenty-first-century context it has been substituted with a mercy-alone gospel. This is the keyword of the present pope: mercy. Mercy has no limits, it has no place for an exclusive Christ. It has shifted into an inclusivist Christ, a pluralist Christ, and a multifaceted Christ to the point that, while still maintaining the forms of traditional Christianity, it has quickly adapted to become a multi-religious type of offer. So even … View Resource