• Roman Catholic View of Justification (Part 2) Media Resource by

    Would it surprise you to learn that current Roman Catholic doctrine declares all Protestants accursed? Remarkably, if probed, most Protestants would respond in disbelief to this proposition. Yet, it holds true, and the Roman church maintains the same stance today as it took in the sixteenth century at the Council of Trent. The major area of dispute at the council regarded the doctrine of justification, notably the role of faith in it. A thorough, clear understanding of justification remains imperative for a proper understanding of the differences between historic Protestantism and Roman Catholicism, and Dr. Sproul provides this clarification in … View Resource

  • Building St. Peters Media Resource by

    Sadly, the church, composed of sinful men and women, does not escape the infiltration of depravity, but it frequently suffers greatly from it. Corruption among officials, particularly high-ranking leaders, has serious ramifications both within and without the church’s borders. Today’s lesson demonstrates this truth poignantly, and the selling of indulgences and church offices to feed the treasury of the Roman Catholic Church epitomizes the venality that can exist in the heart of men. Nonetheless, Christians possess hope, for God promises to maintain His Spirit among the true members of the invisible church, the body of men and women that participate … View Resource

  • From Luther to the Lightning Bolt Media Resource by

    Protestants around the world today celebrate their distinction from the Roman Catholic Church proudly and regularly. Yet, how many actually know the history behind their separation? The old adage “you can’t know where you are going until you know from where you came” may not ring true in every situation, but the sorrowful state of biblical orthodoxy in Protestant churches today demonstrates the value of this old proverb. The events culminating in the Reformation of the sixteenth century occurred in response to the dilapidated treatment and understanding of God’s Word extant in the Roman Catholic Church. In the first lecture … View Resource

  • Monastery & Rome Crisis Media Resource by

    The word “holy” gets bandied about often in contemporary culture. Some apply the term to archaic or sacred ideas or items from past civilizations, while others combine it with a noun for use as an impromptu expression of fear or wonder. Unfortunately, the flippant use of this modifier fails to appreciate the proper use of the expression. It is only for the true, living God, and by extension those people and things He hallows. These are holy. Martin Luther grasped this principle astutely. In this lesson, Dr. Sproul expounds on Luther’s inability to reconcile his guilt with the holiness of … View Resource

  • Tower Experience Media Resource by

    Romans 1:16-17

    The individualistic, global societies created and propelled by sin operate under the assumption that the fortunes and failures of life result strictly from the decisions and actions of the individual. Human beings are autonomous creatures and independent entities unto themselves. Hence, the notion of imputed righteousness (the application of a foreign righteousness on another) struggles against the grain. Yet, the nature of reality foils this principle at every turn. In each stage of life, we experience the effects of others’ actions on our lives in permanent and uncontrollable ways, just as we impose similar effects. In this lesson, Martin Luther … View Resource

  • The Return Media Resource by

    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

    At the ascension of Christ, the disciples were promised that Jesus would come again, and the second coming of Christ has remained the church’s blessed hope ever since. The second coming has also been the source of great controversy. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains some of the basic facts concerning the second coming, while at the same time dispelling some common misconceptions. View Resource

  • Ascension Media Resource by

    Luke 24:50-53

    Christians spend a great deal of time thinking about the birth, death, resurrection, and Second Coming of Jesus, but the ascension of Christ is often overlooked. Yet the ascension was the event that marked Christ’s enthronement, His return to glory. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains why the ascension of Christ is so significant. View Resource

  • Crucifixion Media Resource by

    Romans 3:21-25

    The apex of Christ’s redemptive work occurred when He was nailed to the cross and bore the penalty due to us. His crucifixion was an act of propitiation, satisfying the justice of God. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains what happened on the cross, how Christ was both a propitiation for sin and our redeemer. View Resource

  • Resurrection Media Resource by

    1 Corinthians 15:20-27

    The Jewish and Roman leaders probably breathed a sigh of relief after Jesus died on the cross. They were finally rid of this man who had exposed their evil and hypocrisy. Or so they thought. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul looks at the redemptive significance of the resurrection of Jesus, explaining how it is at the very core of the Christian faith. View Resource

  • Last Supper Media Resource by

    Luke 22:1-16

    In the Old Testament, the Passover lamb distinguished the people of God from the unbelieving Egyptians. The Passover also marked Israel’s redemption from Egypt. The Old Testament prophets described the future redemption of Israel in terms of a new exodus. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul looks at the Last Supper, showing how Christ is our Passover lamb in this meal that marks the arrival of the greater exodus, redemption from slavery to sin and death. View Resource

  • Triumphal Entrance Media Resource by

    Matthew 21:1-10

    When “the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee” triumphantly entered into Jerusalem, He did so in fulfillment of an Old Testament promise that Israel’s king would come to the city riding a donkey. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul will examine Jesus’ three mediatorial offices, not only as our prophet and king, but as our high priest as well. View Resource

  • Temptation Media Resource by

    Romans 5:12-19

    Immediately after His baptism, Jesus is driven into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. We are reminded here not only of Israel’s testing in the wilderness, but of the original test—the temptation of Adam. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul compares and contrasts the temptations of the first Adam and the second Adam, explaining how the results of each rested on whether trust was placed in the Word of God. View Resource

  • Transfiguration Media Resource by

    Matthew 17:1-8

    At the beginning of the gospel of John, the apostle declares, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory.” It is very likely that John is referring here to the transfiguration of Christ, that moment when the glory theretofore concealed was revealed to Jesus’ closest disciples. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul looks at the account of the transfiguration, explaining its significance in the ministry of Christ. View Resource

  • Baptism Media Resource by

    Matthew 3:13-15

    After four hundred years of silence, the voice of prophecy resumed in Israel with the arrival of John the Baptist. He came, calling all Israel to repent and be baptized. Jesus’ baptism by John marks the official beginning of His public ministry. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul looks closely at the baptism of Jesus, explaining how significant it was in his life and how relevant it is for our salvation. View Resource

  • Boy Jesus in the Temple Media Resource by

    Luke 2:41-50

    The New Testament tells us very little about the years between Jesus’ birth and the beginning of His ministry. The gospel of Luke contains the one significant account that exists—the story of Jesus’ visit to the temple at the age of twelve. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains what we can learn about the person and work of Christ from this brief narrative. View Resource