• Against the Claims of Atheism Media Resource by

    In our age, as in every other age, there are those who deny the existence of God. Recent years have witnessed the rise of a particularly militant form of atheism, represented in the writings of authors such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett. Although the “new atheism” is not all that different from the old atheism, Christians today must stand firm against the challenge of atheism. View Resource

  • For the Resurrection of Christ Media Resource by

    “He is not here, for he is risen as he said.” This message from the angel at the tomb on the first Easter morning is central to the Gospel. The Apostle Paul could not be any clearer when he tells us that if Christ is not raised, our faith is in vain. The doctrine of the resurrection of Christ has been attacked and mocked for two thousand years, but Christians dare not compromise on this truth. View Resource

  • OPTIONAL SESSION: The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon Media Resource by

    In this optional session, Steven Lawson shows that Spurgeon fearlessly taught the doctrines of grace and simultaneously held forth the free offer of salvation in Jesus Christ. He gives a passionate call for all Christians to follow Spurgeon in maintaining the proper balance between divine sovereignty in salvation and fiery passion in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Related Resource: The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon View Resource

  • Foolishness to the Greeks Media Resource by

    Anti-intellectualism is not the only danger Christians face. Those who seek to reclaim the Christian mind face the opposite danger—allowing a desire to please God to mutate into pride and a vain desire for worldly respect. In this message, Dr. Steven Lawson explains how we must walk a fine line and never accommodate the gospel in an attempt to please the cultured despisers of Christianity. We have already seen the sad results of a previous attempt to do this in the nineteenth century. View Resource

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

    Sinclair Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, Albert Mohler and R.C. Sproul answer questions on the Christian mind and thought. Questions: How do we instill a desire in our pastors and church leaders to engage science? (0:00) How do I grow in the knowledge of God’s truth in an environment that is openly hostile to it? (6:29) How should Christians address evolution? (10:18) How do we present the truth of the Bible to Catholics, Muslims, and other religions in a loving way without being confrontational? (15:58) Why should we trust in the authority of the Bible over other sacred … View Resource

  • The Blessing of Discipline Media Resource by

    In order to maintain peace, purity, and unity in the church, it is necessary to exercise discipline, sometimes even to the point of excommunication. Many Christians and church leaders view such discipline negatively, but when properly understood, church discipline is a great blessing. In this lecture, Dr. Steven Lawson looks at what the Bible tells us about church discipline, explaining how and why it is to be used. View Resource

  • Questions & Answers #2 Media Resource by , , ,

    Mark Dever, Steven Lawson, R.C. Sproul and R.C. Sproul Jr. answer questions from conference attendees about the church. Note: Answers given during Questions and Answers sessions 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

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

    Mark Dever, Steven Lawson, R.C. Sproul and R.C. Sproul Jr. answer questions from conference attendees about the church. Note: Answers given during Questions and Answers sessions 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

  • Round Table Discussion Media Resource by , , ,

    Mark Dever, Steven J. Lawson, R.C. Sproul, and R.C. Sproul Jr. engage in a round table discussion about peace, purity, and unity in the church. View Resource

  • Respectable Sins Media Resource by

    While all Christians are called to lives of holiness, Scripture emphasizes the absolute necessity of ethical purity among the leaders of the church. Overseers are to be above reproach. It is sometimes easy, however, to devote all of our attention to the obvious sins that must be avoided. In this lecture, Dr. Steven Lawson explains that while it is crucial that we avoid the major sins, we must also strive to avoid so-called “respectable sins” such as discontentment, gossip, ingratitude, impatience, and envy. View Resource

  • This Changes Everything! Media Resource by

    Not all Christians accept the doctrines of grace. They believe the Bible presents a different picture of salvation, one in which the will of man exercises itself to the exclusion of God’s sovereignty. Sadly, the picture more often than not encourages a lower view of God and a heightened view of man, which never leads to any positive outcome. As Dr. Lawson explains in this final lesson of the series, the doctrines of grace should lead Christians into a greater understanding and appreciation of their great, gracious God and His creation. Any other response would contradict the doctrines of grace … View Resource

  • Irresistible Call (Part 1) Media Resource by

    The image of conception and birth does not need much explanation. On the contrary, as human beings we understand vividly and fully the passive activity of the infant in birth. At no time does the baby possess any decision or authority in its conception or growth, but it comes into the world helpless and in total dependence on external forces. Jesus knew the power and clarity surrounding this process, and He used it metaphorically to describe the work of the Holy Spirit in regeneration. As Dr. Lawson demonstrates in this lesson, Jesus, and John through Him, leaves no ambiguity to … View Resource

  • Irresistible Call (Part 2) Media Resource by

    Popular culture generally depicts sheep as cuddly, peaceful animals. Yet, those who have spent even a small amount of time around sheep know that they are stubborn, wayward, smelly, and sometimes even vicious. This truth makes Jesus’ comparison to His followers as sheep all the more poignant. We, as sinners, possess all of these qualities, some in more abundance than others. Yet, the analogy finds its most power in our Good Shepherd’s willingness to know us personally, to ensure our safety, and to bring us to His Father’s house. As Dr. Lawson explains in this lesson, the call of Christ … View Resource

  • Preserving Grace (Part 1) Media Resource by

    The idea of eternal security acts as a huge stumbling block for many people. When human beings honestly assess their own desires and motives, the wickedness witnessed clearly paints a bleak picture. Yet, this reality makes God’s grace all the more amazing. That He loves and walks alongside His elect despite their shortcomings and rebellions demonstrates His deep love and kindness. Rather than befuddle us, as Dr. Lawson argues in this lesson, this grace should drive us to praise our glorious God for His sovereignty and mercy in salvation. Nothing can snatch us from His hand, no matter how hard … View Resource

  • Preserving Grace (Part 2) Media Resource by

    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