• Should the gospel be heard with joy or with dread? Question and Answer

    The good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is indeed good news about salvation, but it addresses the bad news of our sin and our guilt before God. There is a sense in which the good news, the glad tidings of the gospel, is good news, bad news, and worse news, all at the same time. The bad news is that we are sinners separated from a holy God, to whom we will have to give an account. The worse news is that there is nothing we can do to reach God’s righteous standard. That leads us to the … View Resource

  • How can I obtain eternal life? Question and Answer

    2 Corinthians 5:21

    SPROUL: The obtaining of eternal life is simple: we put our trust in Christ and in Christ alone for our salvation. Everyone who puts their trust in Christ alone, as the Bible promises, as Jesus promises, has life eternal (John 3:16). There’s no other way to get it except by faith alone. It’s not by our works (Eph. 2:8–9). We can’t merit it. We can’t earn it. We can’t deserve it. We put our trust in Christ, who alone is worthy of the gift of eternal life.In the book of Genesis when Adam and Eve were created, they … View Resource

  • If you believe in Arminian doctrine, can you be saved? Question and Answer

    That’s a great question that was asked of William Ames at the Synod of Dort. I’ve written a book on the Synod of Dort in which I talk about William Ames. He was a great English Puritan who had to flee from England because he wouldn’t conform to the Church of England as a Congregationalist. He found a home in the Netherlands among the welcoming Dutch. William Ames was the personal secretary to the president of the Synod of Dort in the early seventeenth century, and someone came to him and said, “Is Arminianism a heresy?” This was meant in … View Resource

  • What is the gospel? Question and Answer

    2 Corinthians 15:3-4

    SPROUL: When I would teach in the doctor of ministry program and I’d have the clergy in there, I would ask them to define the gospel. And if I got ten percent of them to give an adequate answer to it, I would be happy. Because that word is thrown around so much it has died the death of a thousand qualifications. In New Testament terms, the gospel is the proclamation of the person and work of Jesus Christ plus how the benefits of that work can be appropriated to us by faith and by faith alone. So the gospel … View Resource