• God in the Wasteland Media Resource by

    The life of a Christian is often characterized by happiness and abundance. God loves to lavish good gifts upon His children, and those who know Him are reminded of His love and faithfulness when they experience His gracious blessings. However, there are other times in the Christian life when believers find themselves to be in a desolate wasteland of hardship and when God may appear to be distant. In this message, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. introduces the topic of suffering, examining important truths and sharing some of his personal journeys through this spiritual wasteland. View Resource

  • Living with the Mystery Media Resource by

    Even when we believe God’s promise that He uses trial and hardship to accomplish great things, we may not be quite satisfied. Often we think that suffering would be easier to endure if we had access to God’s master plan and could know in advance exactly what He was going to accomplish through our ordeals. Though God may at times impart an understanding of these things, this is not the norm. More often than not, He calls us to live amidst the ambiguity and mystery of knowing that He is at work without knowing exactly what He is doing. In … View Resource

  • Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh Media Resource by

    When we find ourselves in trying circumstances, we often cry out to God for deliverance. Yet, these prayers at times appear to remain unanswered, and our suffering may continue unabated. Rather than giving in to despair in these situations, the apostle Paul urged believers to behold God’s grace at work amidst life’s most daunting situations. As Paul discovered, such trials are often God’s mysterious means of achieving His wondrous purposes in us. View Resource

  • Better than I Deserve Media Resource by

    We are much better at finding areas of sin in the lives of others than we are at identifying our own sins. Jesus spoke wisely when he urged us to remove the plank from our own eye before attempting to extract a speck from someone else’s eye. Because we are so often blind to our own sin, we rarely acknowledge the depth of our guilt before our holy God or the profound nature of the grace He extends to us. In this message, we will reassess common assumptions about human nature in the effort to recover a biblical understanding of … View Resource

  • Wounds in Heaven Media Resource by

    Jesus Christ’s victory over death was indeed the turning point of history. In His triumph, He reversed the earth’s cycle of chaos and destruction and revealed Himself as the rightful ruler of the cosmos. It is significant that in His exalted state Jesus did not rid himself of his wounds. Instead, He displayed them openly to His disciples. When we take time to consider Christ’s wounds and ours, Jesus enables us to see that pain and sorrow have their own distinct beauty. View Resource

  • Job Media Resource by

    Many of the questions that we raise about God’s sovereignty over human suffering find their answers in the book of Job. Though Job was a godly and faithful man, he suffered to such a degree that that his name is forever associated with affliction and hardship. In this message, Dr. Sproul discusses several highlights of Job’s story in order to help us begin to recover a biblical understanding of the reason for human suffering. View Resource

  • The Tears of God Media Resource by

    Even when we begin to understand why God sends suffering into our lives and what He is bringing about through that suffering, we may still wonder how to relate to Him in the midst of our suffering. In what way is He with us in our times of hardship? Does He actually identify with our pain, or is He merely cheering us on as a spectator? In this message, we will explore what is means to be united to Jesus Christ and how it is that He partakes of our sorrow and pain. View Resource

  • Mourning & Dancing Media Resource by

    Though the kingdom of God has been inaugurated in the Person and work of Jesus Christ, the kingdom has not yet come in all its fullness. Consequently, life in this period of “already” and “not yet” is complex and multifaceted. Though we rejoice in Christ’s victory, we continue to experience tragedy and death. While we mourn the loss of friends and loved ones, we know that, because Christ has defeated death, our sorrow will one day turn to joy. View Resource

  • Being Like Jesus Media Resource by

    The term “sanctification” is a common buzzword in many Christian circles, and it is rightly associated with the teaching that Christ’s disciples are being made holy by the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. However, we must not limit ourselves to a merely abstract and cognitive understanding of this doctrine. Rather, God’s Word calls us to recognize that sanctification is a present reality in our daily experiences. Whenever we encounter hardship and opposition in life, we can rest in the assurance that God’s Spirit is working through it to make us more like Jesus Christ. View Resource

  • The Man Born Blind Media Resource by

    It can be dangerously easy to jump to conclusions about people around us who are suffering. Whether someone is destitute, ill, homeless, or alone, our first inclination might be to wonder how they managed to get themselves into their current predicament or what sin they committed to be punished in this way. However, as we see in John 9:1-7, Jesus shatters our assumptions with the truth that, even in the midst of affliction and sorrow, God is at work to bring honor to Himself in the lives of those who suffer. View Resource

  • Our Union with Christ Media Resource by

    Our union with Jesus Christ is vast and multifaceted. In our previous session, we spoke about how Christ shares in the sorrows and suffering of those who are united to Him. As we continue our time together, we will see how, because of this mysterious union, Christ also invites us to share in the glories that He now experiences. With this foretaste of heavenly bliss, we can gladly anticipate the day when we will be physically present with our Savior and with the multitude of godly men and women who have gone before us. View Resource

  • Questions & Answers #1 Media Resource by , , , ,

    Drs. Alistair Begg, Anthony Carter, Steven Lawson, R.C. Sproul, and R.C. Sproul Jr. answer questions on a variety of topics, including the difference between justification and salvation by grace; the distinction between truths revealed in Scripture and those that come to light through science, and baptism. The questions answered in this session are: 1. What is your opinion on the invitation, “Invite Jesus into your heart?” Is this a true proclamation of the gospel? 2. What is the difference between justification by faith and salvation by grace? 3. How do we make distinctions between truth revealed in scripture and truth … View Resource

  • A Good Offense Media Resource by

    Has the church capitulated to the politically correct spirit of the age to the point where it is more concerned about not offending men than it is about not angering God? In this message, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. reminds us that seeking to remove the offense of the gospel is to remove the gospel, and that seeking to remove the gospel is a denial of our Lord Jesus Christ. View Resource

  • OPTIONAL SESSION: Economics for Everybody Media Resource by

    Economics for Everybody seeks to remedy that through an insightful and entertaining exploration of the principles, practices, and consequences of economics. Thoroughly unconventional, it links entrepreneurship with lemonade, cartoons with markets, and Charlie Chaplin with supply and demand. It’s funny, clever, profound and instructive. View Resource

  • We Shall Be Like Him Media Resource by

    God’s Word contains many wondrous promises for His people. Throughout these studies, we have examined several of these promises with the intention of overcoming our disbelief and turning anew to Jesus Christ in faith. Though each of these promises is laden with power and hope, one of them towers above the others. As we conclude this teaching series, Dr. Sproul will elaborate upon the great promise in 1 John 3:2 that those who hope in Jesus will one day see Him as He is and be like Him. View Resource