• What characteristic of Martin Luther made him effective as God’s instrument to reform the church? Question and Answer

    Isaiah 6:5

    SPROUL: Luther was a beggar who found where he could get bread and told everybody who would listen to him. How can a guy stand against the whole world like he did? The only way to understand that is to get into his personal struggle with his lack of assurance of salvation, with his violent search for justification in the presence of a Holy God, and visit with him in his utter despair. Luther understood who Luther was. And that’s our problem. We don’t understand who God is, and we don’t understand who we are. It’s like Isaiah in chapter … 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

  • What is the greatest threat of the world to the church today? Question and Answer

    HORTON: The greatest question in any moment is whether that Word above all earthly powers is being proclaimed by weak and sinful human beings. THOMAS: From a personal point of view, my greatest threat is always that I lose my love for Jesus; I lose my passion for Him. I don’t deny the faith. I don’t deny the Apostles’ Creed. I just grow cold and indifferent, and Jesus may spew me out of His mouth, to use the analogy of Revelation 3. NICHOLS: You mentioned when we started this Dr. Sproul’s bachelor’s thesis, which was on the chapter of the … View Resource

  • Did Old Testament believers possess the Holy Spirit the same way as the New Testament believers? Question and Answer

    Acts 2:1-41

    HORTON: I just wrote a book on the Holy Spirit, and it really enriched my own experience of the Spirit as well as thoughts about questions like this; and it made me more uncertain of the answers that I had for it. Dr. Ferguson has written on this really well in his book on the Holy Spirit. There’s a danger on one hand to so defend the unity of the one covenant of grace that we don’t recognize the peaks and the valleys, the differences from old covenant to new covenant. The other danger is the opposite danger of not … View Resource

  • Should Christians listen to secular music? Question and Answer

    THOMAS: What is secular? Music is music. If there’s “secular music,” is there something called “Christian music?” Music is math. It’s notes, sounds, silences, rhythm, and beat. One isn’t secular and the other one Christian. So I’m not quite sure what people mean when they talk about secular music. Maybe they mean modern, contemporary music—the top fifteen or twenty songs. (I was at an event recently and somebody read out the top twenty songs of today, and I had never heard of any of them or the singers. I was completely in the dark). But what do you mean by … View Resource

  • How can I witness to my friends who say they’re Christians but their actions say otherwise? Question and Answer

    HORTON: It is hard to know what to say exactly. That is a very large and difficult problem. I would say the best way to approach it for someone who isn’t privy to the specifics is to press them on whether they belong to a local church. Because if they are a professing member of a local church, then they’re accountable to that body. You obviously can’t discipline them as a fellow student. You can encourage and rebuke and so forth, but it’s given especially into the hands of the elders to do that in an official way. So I … View Resource

  • Is it okay if I don’t remember the moment I was converted? Question and Answer

    Well, let me ask the question: When was Samuel converted? When was John the Baptist converted? In all likelihood, it was in their mother’s womb. I have a testimony, and I can tell you I was converted on December 28, 1971, at 11:30. I was eighteen years old. My wife, who’s sitting down here has a really boring testimony in that she never remembers a single moment when she didn’t believe. But it is not whether we can remember it, it is whether we are trusting in Jesus Christ right now that matters. Lightly edited for readability, this … View Resource