• Do we add works to the gospel when we call nonbelievers to repent? Question and Answer

    Mark 1:14-15

    We are saved by grace through faith, and it is not our doing. Ephesians 2:8–9 makes that clear. But the call of the gospel, particularly from the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, is a call to repentance and belief (Mark 1:14–15). It is what the earlier question addressed—the good news is also bad news at the same time. So, repentance is the acknowledgment of my guilt before God; it is the confession and the relinquishing of my sin. And salvation is my receiving of His grace through the finished work of Jesus Christ. This transcript … View Resource

  • Are faith and belief the same thing? Question and Answer

    We use the terms basically interchangeably, but belief can also be used simply to talk about making an intellectual assertion of a particular proposition. For example, “I believe that George Washington was the first president of the United States.” Faith goes beyond that where it involves personal trust in the truth of the Word of God. This transcript is from an Ask R.C. Live event with R.C. Sproul and has been lightly edited for readability. To ask Ligonier a biblical or theological question, just visit Ask.Ligonier.org … View Resource

  • What is the best way to describe repentance to an unbeliever? Question and Answer

    Luke 15:11-32

    The best way may be to use an illustration that you think of either from their life or from your own life. The Hebrew word for repentance means returning. The prodigal son is a story like that: he goes away from home, and he returns home (Luke 15:11-32). I’ve sometimes used this illustration: one night when we were in Glasgow I was driving down the freeway on my way to church, and going up the other direction I noticed the car of one of my elders. I knew it was his car because it was the only elder who had … View Resource

  • Is it okay if I don’t remember the moment I was converted? Question and Answer

    Well, let me ask the question: When was Samuel converted? When was John the Baptist converted? In all likelihood, it was in their mother’s womb. I have a testimony, and I can tell you I was converted on December 28, 1971, at 11:30. I was eighteen years old. My wife, who’s sitting down here has a really boring testimony in that she never remembers a single moment when she didn’t believe. But it is not whether we can remember it, it is whether we are trusting in Jesus Christ right now that matters. Lightly edited for readability, this … View Resource

  • Can you repent at the moment of death and still have the same salvation as someone who’s been a Christian for many years? Question and Answer

    Luke 23:42-43

    That’s a tricky question, but I think it’s a fascinating one and certainly one that many people are concerned about. We talk about foxhole faith, when people cry out in desperate moments of crisis or postpone to their deathbed the moment of committing their lives to Christ. Some people say that it doesn’t make sense for somebody who has been a Christian all their life to be in the same state as somebody who did as they pleased all their life and waited until the last second to get their accounts square with God. There’s a parable in the New … View Resource