• Hated but Helped Media Resource by

    John 15:18-27

    Some argue that the history of Western philosophy can primarily be summed up as a footnote to the thought of Plato. We can say that the entire Bible shows a similar connection to Genesis 3:15, which announces the enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. In John 15:18-27, and in connection to this ongoing conflict, Jesus recognizes that the time has come for the climactic battle between the two seeds or kingdoms, one that would take Him to the cross. However, His very death would crush the one who has the power of death, … View Resource

  • Father, Glorify Your Son Media Resource by

    John 17:1-5

    In churches, we often hold social gatherings in order to grow in our knowledge of one another. There is perhaps no other gathering where we get to know people better than the prayer meeting. There, we have the privilege, as we listen to others pray out loud, of having them reveal some of the deepest desires of their hearts. If we share such a privilege within the context of the church, then there could be no greater privilege for the disciples of Jesus than to listen to Him pray. In this lesson, as we come to the end of the … View Resource

  • The Meaning of Christmas at Easter Media Resource by

    John 16:16-33

    Preachers sometimes speak over the heads of people and so fail to connect with them. As Charles Spurgeon once observed, “Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep,’ not my giraffes.” Yet, our Savior at times delivered teachings that puzzled His disciples, and He even withheld things they could not yet bear. This does not mean that Christ lacked clarity but that the disciples lacked spiritual discernment. As Dr. Ferguson argues, they needed “Velcro strips” in their thinking so that the truth would stick. In this lesson, we find Jesus patiently leading them into deeper truth as He responds to key questions Yet, … View Resource

  • Troubled That You May Not Be Media Resource by

    John 14:1-9

    You may not realize this, but the verse best known in the gospel of John is probably John 14:1—not John 3:16. At funerals we often hear, “Let not your hearts be troubled,” with the hope of giving comfort to grieving hearts. As Dr. Ferguson notes, this verse is often taken out of context, as people fail to understand the foundation for the consolation that Christ offers. Ironically, it arises out of the very gospel-centered suffering that our Savior endured on behalf of sinners. In this lesson, then, we find counsel for troubled hearts in general and to pessimistic Thomas and … View Resource

  • Abiding in the Vine Media Resource by

    John 15:1-11

    Did you know that the most common description in the New Testament for believers is not “Christian” but simply “in Christ”? Through the power of the Holy Spirit, believers experience the indwelling of Christ. The disciples struggled to grasp the advantage of this special and mysterious union and how powerfully present a bodily absent Christ was in it. To help His disciples lay hold of this concept, Jesus uses the picture of a vine and its branches. In this lesson, Dr. Ferguson opens up this image from John 15 emphasizing the significance of our union with Christ as we abide … View Resource

  • Getting Inside Their Heads Media Resource by

    John 16:1-16

    So far in this series, the Upper Room Discourse has taken the disciples on a roller coaster of emotions, especially with the pronouncement of betrayal and denial within the inner circle of disciples. If that was not enough, Jesus would depart from them and leave behind terrible opposition that was supposed to be of no surprise. Now, He says that He has many more things to tell them, but they “cannot bear them now” (John 16:12). Jesus does not overwhelm them with more, but does remind them that the Holy Spirit as Counselor will guide them in all the truths … View Resource

  • It Is Better That Another Comes Media Resource by

    John 14:16-23

    Martin Luther’s students often conversed over dinner with him and recorded many of his comments in what became known as Table Talk. In this lesson, Dr. Ferguson speaks of the “table talk” of Jesus that John recorded in the Upper Room Discourse. In this passage, the Savior discusses the advantage for the disciples when He leaves them and sends “another Helper” (14:16), the Holy Spirit. The disciples could not, however, agree that the promised Spirit would make up for the bodily absence of Christ. Only later would the disciples fully realize the vital role of the Spirit to take up … View Resource

  • A Glimpse into the Heart of the Master Media Resource by

    John 13:21-30

    Even though we know that Jesus never sinned, we have a difficult time coming to grips with the fact that He could become agitated. Still, knowing that He would be betrayed and who would carry out the task, He was indeed deeply troubled, but hardly surprised. He knew His destiny, and He, not Judas or anyone else, governed it. In this lesson, Dr. Ferguson reveals the mind and heart of our Savior who was intimately familiar with all of the painful experiences of humanity. In an atmosphere polluted by the presence of His betrayer, we are reminded again that the … View Resource

  • Foot Washing in Five Stages Media Resource by

    John 13:1-12

    The day before His crucifixion, Jesus shared His heart with His disciples. In what we know as the Upper Room or Farewell Discourse of John 13-17, He announced His betrayal and denial; foretold His death, glorification, and departure from this world; promised the coming Holy Spirit; and prayed in preparation for all that was to take place. In this series, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson walks us through these events, whose setting he calls “five wonderful hours with the Master.” In this message, Dr. Ferguson especially examines Jesus’ foot-washing in five stages, physically and theologically, in which He reveals Himself as the … View Resource

  • This is My Father’s World Media Resource by

    The old saying goes, “You don’t polish brass on a sinking ship,” and Christians today might be tempted to see the world as the sinking ship. In this session, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson will remind us that the world was made by our Father and belongs to our Father. He will remind us that the dominion mandate not only abides, but will be carried through, and that this ship will not sink. View Resource

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

    Sinclair Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, Albert Mohler, and R.C. Sproul answer questions ranging from addressing how we should speak with those who have embraced a homosexual lifestyle, to the use of images of Jesus and recent movies featuring biblical themes. Questions: How do US army chaplains stay faithful to God and His truth, and provide the gospel to same-sex couples? How do they stay faithful amidst the persecution? (00:13) I have a son who has entered in to a homosexual lifestyle. How do I handle this, how do I act, what do I say? (02:58) I have … View Resource

  • God So Loved the World Media Resource by

    God’s work of redemption involves more than the salvation of a handful of souls. In this session, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson will explore the breadth of the promises of the gospel. He will explain how Scripture moves from the glorious truth of the redemption of our souls to the promise that all the elect from every tongue and tribe will be saved. This message will also look to the redemption of the groaning creation, reminding us that the end of the world is not destruction but re-creation. View Resource

  • Questions and Answers Media Resource by , , ,

    Sinclair Ferguson, Nathan Clark George, Andrew Peterson, and R.C. Sproul Jr. answer a variety of questions dealing with the responses of evangelical churches and colleges to the arts of drama and literature; how to distinguish between good art and bad art; how parents discuss the dangers of a worldly culture without quenching their child’s wonder, and how we understand God’s immutability. Questions: In relation to Jesus growing in wisdom and stature, how do we understand the immutability of God’s nature? (00:01) Why is there is a discomfort—even a fear—of art, drama, and literature among many evangelical churches, … View Resource

  • Given for Beauty Media Resource by

    Surely it is significant that the first individuals in Scripture said to be filled with the Holy Spirit were Bezalel and Oholiab (Ex. 31:1–11), craftsmen tasked with executing God’s plans for building and furnishing the tabernacle. Our God loves beauty, and in this session, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson will explore the role of the Holy Spirit in creation, in recreation, and His focus on beauty both in the created order and in His beautifying the saints through sanctification. View Resource

  • Homo Sapiens Media Resource by

    In its third year as an academic institution, Reformation Bible College remains committed to providing an education governed by the wisdom of God revealed in Scripture. This session featuring Dr. Sinclair Ferguson is the address that is part of our third annual convocation service marking the beginning of another school year. He will address our calling to pursue wisdom, focusing on the Bible as the source of wisdom as well as our study of Scripture as our means of pursuing wisdom. View Resource