• The Taking of Vows Media Resource by

    Joshua 9:1-27

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  • Oaths & Promises Media Resource by

    James 5:12

    In the fifth chapter of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus gave us a code of kingdom ethics that identifies Christians from the rest of the world. One command in particular seems to nullify and even condemn the use of oaths and vows. What is the importance of our word in dealing with others? In this message, Dr. Sproul looks to the book of James to show us the fundamental tests of faith that will prove the reality of our profession as Christians as he discusses “Oaths and Promises.” View Resource

  • The Weight of the Vow Media Resource by

    When a person takes an oath or vow appealing to the name of God, that person is placing the value of God’s name on that promise. It takes only a moment to realize what a fearful thing it is when we take such vows. Considering this in this message, Dr. Sproul explains what is at stake when we take a vow. View Resource

  • By What Shall We Swear Media Resource by

    Exodus 20:7-16

    If we are going to take an oath, we had better do it right. Unfortunately, many people are committing idolatry when they swear an oath. What is the proper way to swear to an oath, and under what conditions shall we do it? Dr. Sproul explains the prohibitions against unlawful oaths in this message entitled “By What Shall We Swear?” View Resource

  • In God’s Name Media Resource by

    Matthew 5:33-37

    How much holy fear overtakes you when you take a vow? Have you sworn to God in dealings with friends or family when pressed for the truth? How seriously did you take that oath? Thinking of this in this message, Dr. Sproul explains the serious nature of the invocation of God’s name in an oath, and the disposition of our hearts when it is taken. View Resource

  • Keeping the Pledge Media Resource by

    Ecclesiastes 5:5

    When we take a pledge we are expected to keep it because there are others who are expecting and planning on us to follow through. But are we to keep our promises unconditionally? Is there ever a situation when we must break a vow? Should we ever break a promise? Is there ever a time when even God expects us not to keep our vow? Answering these questions in this message, Dr. Sproul explains what conditions make a vow lawful, and when we ought not to keep one. View Resource

  • With Clarity and Good Conscience Media Resource by

    We’ve all been victims of a broken promise; but if we are honest, we recognize that we don’t always follow through with what we say either. So, on what grounds are we justified when reneging on our vows? How far should you go to keep a promise? In this message, Dr. Sproul discusses the importance of following through with our promises and the importance of keeping our word “With Clarity and Good Conscience.” View Resource

  • Yes or No Media Resource by

    James 5:12

    There are some churches today who say that it is never biblical to take a vow or swear an oath. If all oaths and vows are wrong, how are Christians to understand the use of them in the Bible? Did Jesus prohibit the use of oaths? In this message, Dr. Sproul helps us understand what Jesus meant when He said to let our “yes be yes and our no be no.” View Resource

  • The Word of a Man Media Resource by

    James 5:11-12

    Righteousness and holiness are to be our ultimate pursuits. But what exactly does that mean? How does that flesh itself out in the real world? Looking at what it means to be a man of integrity, Dr. Sproul discusses spiritual priorities and “The Word of a Man.” View Resource

  • Yes or No? Media Resource by

    James 5:12

    When was the last time you were let down or hurt because somebody didn’t follow through with their word? Conversely, when was the last time somebody else was let down or hurt because you didn’t follow through with your word? Certainly, keeping your word is a virtuous thing, but where exactly does it rank with the other Christian character traits? Continuing this series on the Themes from James, Dr. Sproul explains the premium Scripture has placed on the word of a Christian. View Resource

  • Don’t Maim the Name! Media Resource by

    Exodus 20:7

    How do you use the name of God in your daily speech? Do you exclaim His name thoughtlessly? Do you take oaths in His name that you never fulfill? Perhaps you do not consider yourself a blasphemer, but perhaps you have never considered the many ways we can violate the third commandment. Reflecting on this in this message, Dr. Sproul explains why the name of God is to be esteemed so highly. View Resource