• Preserving Grace (Part 2) Media Resource by

    John 6:39-40

    The example of Judas Iscariot sometimes causes us to scratch our head. How could someone so close to Jesus possibly betray Him and receive the label “son of perdition.” Wouldn’t the acts, words, and nature of Jesus instill in Him a true sense of worship, awe, and adoration? Simply put, the answer is “no.” As the rich man discovered in the parable of Lazarus, even the miraculous nature and works of Jesus cannot convince a sinner dead in his transgressions about His Messianic role without divine intervention in the heart. As Dr. Lawson shows in this lesson, this decision rests … View Resource

  • Definite Atonement (Part 1) Media Resource by

    John 1:29

    The Old Testament sacrificial system often causes many people a good deal of consternation. The stipulations and rituals can appear convoluted and confusing at first, second, and third glance. However, like the rest of God’s revealed Word, the sacrificial system prefigured the coming of Christ and the necessity for the atonement of sin and consequent reconciliation of God. Knowing this, the sacrifices take on a whole new light and meaning, for their repetition demonstrates man’s inability to meet the demands of a holy God and the inefficacy of the blood of bulls and goats. In this lesson, Dr. Lawson explains … View Resource

  • Definite Atonement (Part 2) Media Resource by

    John 3:16

    The idea that God demonstrates saving grace toward a select few can rub even Christians the wrong way. Rather than responding with cries of injustice, we would do better to examine the source of these emotions. If we evaluate our hearts honestly, we will acknowledge that our feelings originate from a sense of entitlement. Simply put, as depraved human beings we believe we deserve God’s mercy. Since the doctrine of definite atonement removes this notion, it receives scathing responses. Yet, as Dr. Lawson continues to show, Jesus and His Word clearly teach definite atonement, for it maintains the unity of … View Resource

  • Sovereign Election (Part 1) Media Resource by

    John 1:12-13

    The doctrine of sovereign election, when viewed in an improper perspective, may seem cold and unfeeling, depicting God as callous and arbitrary in His election of some and not others. Yet, this viewpoint fails in two significant ways. First, it assumes man deserves God’s favor. Second, it does not recognize the extreme love demonstrated by God toward His Son and His elect. Election finds its root in God’s love, and as Dr. Lawson explains in this lesson, far from being a dictatorial, meaningless activity by an unfeeling God, sovereign election expresses the fullness of God’s love for a sinful, unrepentant … View Resource

  • Sovereign Election (Part 2) Media Resource by

    John 13:18

    The pain, suffering, and agony Jesus experienced during His Passion defy conceptualization. Sometimes, as Christians, we ask in our hearts, “How did He bear such a burden?” The short answer, the answer that causes tears to well up in our eyes and our hearts to swell, is love. On His way to Calvary, Jesus maintained His path and persevered on the ascent out of love for His Father and love for the ones for whom He came to die. Far from an impersonal act of selflessness, the incarnated Son of God knew each and every individual for whom He offered … View Resource

  • Laying the Foundation Media Resource by

    Each book of the Bible contributes poignantly and uniquely to the message of redemption revealed in God’s Word. John’s gospel offers much to the picture of redemption, but it provides special insight into the deity and supremacy of Jesus Christ. For this reason, it naturally follows that John would present the sovereignty of God in a profound, thorough manner. Therefore, Dr. Steven J. Lawson uses the Beloved’s record of the life and ministry of Jesus, the all-mighty Son of God, to explain and analyze the doctrines of grace, and he begins his lecture series with an introduction to John’s gospel … View Resource

  • Radical Depravity (Part 1) Media Resource by

    John 1:9-13

    How often do we hear in our culture the adage, “He or she has a good heart”? This attribution of an innate, inherent goodness occurs frequently, and it demonstrates the general, common belief that mankind, despite his clear, unequivocal iniquity, ultimately is good. Contrary to this proposal, the Word of God paints a significantly different picture of the nature of humanity. Jesus declares (drawing from the Old Testament) to the rich young ruler in Matthew 19 that no one is good except for God, and He elaborates on man’s condition by asserting that humanity cannot reverse their position unaided. This … View Resource

  • Radical Depravity (Part 2) Media Resource by

    John 5:25

    Understanding the true depth of man’s fallen nature can arouse a shudder, but sadness and fear should not remain the final response. On the contrary, properly understanding the depravity of man’s condition leads to a correct and exalted view of the true grace of God in salvation. Dr. Lawson continues to explain man’s spiritual tragedy in this lecture, and he encourages us to respond in thankfulness and to bestow compassion upon the lost, for if not for the grace of God, we too would remain in bondage to sin and Satan. View Resource

  • Q&A with R.C. Sproul and Ligonier Teaching Fellows (May 2011) Media Resource by , , , ,

    On May 19, 2011, R.C. Sproul was joined by Ligonier Teaching Fellows Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson and R.C. Sproul Jr. to answer questions submitted by online viewers. In this round-table discussion, these men addressed topics such as dispensationalism, regeneration, election, evangelism, and Harold Camping. Note: Answers given reflect the views of the individual speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dr. R.C. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries. Here is our Statement of Faith. View Resource

  • OPTIONAL SESSION: By Grace Alone Media Resource by ,

    In this optional session, Sinclair Ferguson poses probing questions for today’s believer: “If I am not amazed by God’s grace, can I really be living in it? Can I really be tasting, and savoring, and delighting in it?” Related Resource: By Grace Alone View Resource

  • OPTIONAL SESSION: Pillars of Grace Media Resource by ,

    In this optional session, Steven Lawson walks readers through the ups and downs of church history, profiling pillars who stood on the foundation of Scripture and upheld the truth of God’s sovereign role in salvation. Related Resource: Pillars of Grace View Resource

  • Questions & Answers Media Resource by , , , ,

    Ligonier Teaching Fellows Sinclair Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, and R.C. Sproul Jr. answer attendee questions. Questions: What are your favorite three books? (00:00) What affect has the book The Holiness of God had on you? (4:50) How can we discern the works of Satan and our own poor understanding? (20:05) What is the difference between the tree of life and the tree Jesus was crucified? (31:32) Did God suffer on the cross? (44:07) How dos the Gospel help us when we feel enslaved to sin in our Christian walk? (48:41) Have there been times … View Resource

  • Worshiping the Triune God Media Resource by

    Fallen human beings have devised many ways of worshiping their gods, but the living God will only be worshiped in a manner that honors Him. We know we are called to worship our Lord in a manner pleasing to Him, but what does this look like? In this lecture, Dr. Steven Lawson examines the biblical principles of worship and explores the insights of the Reformers into this vitally important facet of Christian faith and life. View Resource

  • War on the Word Media Resource by

    The first temptation recorded in Scripture is an attack on the trustworthiness of God’s Word. Such attacks have continued unabated to our own day. In the past, such attacks were usually made by liberals, but today we hear more and more doubts cast upon God’s Word by professed evangelicals. In this lecture, Dr. Steve Lawson reminds us of the importance of a commitment to the authority, inspiration, and inerrancy of Scripture. View Resource

  • Is the Bible Just Another Book? Media Resource by

    One of the most common claims heard today is that the Bible is merely a collection of contradictory human writings with no coherent structure. Even believers sometimes express frustration because they cannot understand how these various writings fit together. They cannot see the “big picture,” and many give up trying to understand Scripture. In this lecture Dr. Steven Lawson will remind Christians of the importance and privilege of knowing Scripture, helping them to grasp the basic content as well as its meaning and significance. View Resource