• Struggle in American Churches Media Resource by

    The controversy involving J. Gresham Machen in the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America is only an example of the growing tensions and rapid changes that roiled churches across the country. In this lesson, Dr. Godfrey discusses the struggles within American churches and the beginnings of Pentecostalism. View Resource

  • The Synod of Dort Media Resource by

    When times of trial and persecution come to an end, the absence of external tension may create opportunities for internal strife and division. With the threat of Spanish invasion no longer uniting the Dutch people, controversy surrounding the teachings of the late Jacobus Arminius began to polarize the Reformed churches in the Netherlands. At the resulting Synod of Dort, church leaders responded to this crisis by officially adopting the doctrinal positions that have become one of the distinguishing marks of Reformed Christianity. View Resource

  • Theologians Media Resource by

    Medieval Scholasticism is often seen today as being speculative and of little practical value. In some cases, this critique may be warranted. However, this movement nevertheless helped to create an environment of thoughtful reflection and study that nurtured some of the greatest thinkers of the Middle Ages. As we turn our attention to a few of the most prominent philosophers and theologians of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, we will begin to see the familiar contours of questions, answers, and ideas that are still influential in our day. View Resource

  • The Theology of John Calvin Media Resource by

    It is common to think of John Calvin primarily in terms of his intellectual accomplishments, perhaps regarding him as little more than a brain working in Geneva. However, a closer look at Calvin’s theology reveals that his scholarly activity was driven by a deeply pastoral desire to strengthen believers in their faith. In this message, Dr. Godfrey explores some of the focal points of Calvin’s theology, taking note of how Calvin differed from his Roman Catholic contemporaries and why these differences matter. View Resource

  • Through the Civil War Media Resource by

    The Civil War not only divided the nation, it divided the church. In this lesson, Dr. Godfrey looks at the history of the Presbyterian church through the Civil War and the changing trajectory of the church in America more broadly. View Resource

  • Two American Revolutions Media Resource by

    The American Revolution and the Second American Revolution will have a significant impact on the development of the church in America. In this lesson, Dr. Godfrey explains how these revolutions made the churches in America different from the churches in Europe and led to the Second Awakening. View Resource

  • Wesley and Whitefield Media Resource by

    The religious climate in England in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries was cold and dry. Onto this barren landscape came George Whitefield and John Wesley, whose powerful preaching and novel methods played an important role in kindling hearts and stirring religious affection. In this lecture, Dr. Godfrey will introduce both of these men, the spiritual context within which they worked, and the results of their ministries. View Resource

  • Worship & Sacraments Media Resource by

    As this study has shown, the ancient church was not perfect. It committed errors, did not always provide theological specificity where it might be desired, and laid the foundation for serious ecclesiastical misunderstandings. Nonetheless, it accomplished an amazing amount for the people of God by staying close to His Word and continually struggling to interpret life and faith through the lens of Scripture. This should encourage the church today, for although the church is a hospital for sinners and not a museum of saints, Jesus has sent His Spirit, and His promise never to leave or forsake His church will … View Resource

  • A God Merciful and Gracious Media Resource by

    Exodus 34:6

    God revealed Himself to Moses as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex. 34:6). This session discusses the mercy and grace of God, making sure to note that these attributes are understood rightly only against the backdrop of God’s perfect justice and righteousness. View Resource

  • OPTIONAL SESSION: Learning to Love the Psalms Media Resource by

    Throughout history, Christians have turned to the book of Psalms to inform their worship, prayers, and understanding of Christ. This session looks at the significance of the biblical psalms and why we should turn to them in worship and in private study. View Resource

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

    A questions and answers session with Drs. W. Robert Godfrey, Julius Kim, Stephen Nichols, and John MacArthur. Questions: As a layperson, how can I address the issue of the prosperity gospel in my church? (0:29) Can a gay person who trusts in Jesus go to heaven? (2:10) Is it sinful for a Christian to produce a product for a gay wedding? (3:52) How does the church prepare God’s people to be influential in the culture without taking political positions? (6:08) If Jesus and Paul used harsh words against their opponents in Scripture, can we take that as permission to … View Resource

  • A Glorious Future Media Resource by

    1 Peter 5:1-11

    One of the greatest motivations for faithfulness in the present is a realization of what lies ahead in the future. This session will focus on 1 Peter 5:1-11 to explain how the “eternal glory in Christ” not only provides the basis for eternal life but also the foundation for perseverance and godliness in life and ministry. View Resource

  • Questions & Answers Media Resource by , ,

    A questions and answers session with Drs. W. Robert Godfrey, Stephen Nichols, and Derek Thomas. 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

  • A Reasonable Faith Media Resource by

    1 Peter 3:8-18

    The most urgent need today is for people to be awakened to their need of the gospel. Although many reject Christ, the Bible gives sound reasons for believing the Christian faith. This session will focus on 1 Peter 3:8-18 to explain what it means to defend the faith with gentleness and respect, noting especially the role of prayer in evangelism. View Resource

  • Psalm 127: The Lord’s Beloved Media Resource by

    Psalm 127

    Psalm 127 sits at the center of the Psalms of Ascents, and the center of Psalm 127 points to Christ, our King. In this lesson, Dr. Godfrey expounds Psalm 127, pointing the way to Jesus—the fulfillment of Israel—as reflected in King Solomon. View Resource