Ligonier Ministries Blog

The official blog of Ligonier Ministries, founded by theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul in 1971 to help Christians know what they believe, why the believe it, how to live it, and how to share it.
  1. We live in a world that needs awakening. Millions of people do not know Jesus Christ. The church itself needs renewed zeal for the truth, for spiritual growth, and for missions. Scripture reveals how this awakening comes about: by a powerful movement of the Spirit of God. It also tells us that when just two men—Paul and Silas—prayed, the earth itself shook (Acts 16:25–26). So we are dedicating the entire year of 2019 to pray for awakening, and we hope you will, too.

    To help as many people as possible, we produced this free prayer guide. Download it today at PrayForAwakening.com, find it in the PrayerMate app, or order the prayer booklet in packs of ten to share with your loved ones.

    To use the guide, find the prayer that corresponds to the current week. Each week of the month focuses on a different group to pray for, starting with you and your family and expanding to the world and the global church. You can also share your desire to #PrayForAwakening on social media.

    JUNE PRAYER FOCUS:

    • Week 1: Pray that you and your family will gladly do what God wills, as is outlined in His Word. “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt. 6:10)
    • Week 2: Pray that you and your church will live holy lives before friends and neighbors so that your witness to the gospel will have a credible testimony. “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Pet. 2:9)
    • Week 3:  Pray that your nation and city will praise God and not curse Him. “Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!” (Ps. 67:3)
    • Week 4: Pray that your church will remain discerning and will remain devoted to truth and not be deceived by the teachings of demons. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.” (1 Tim. 4:1)

    We hope this prayer guide encourages you this year and in future years. Join us in praying fervently for a mighty movement of God’s Spirit today, thankful that He has graciously promised to hear us, and confident that He will answer our prayers according to His will.

  2. How much authority does the pope still claim to have in an increasingly secularizing Western world? In this brief clip, W. Robert Godfrey examines how the Roman Catholic Church attempted to respond to the problem of papal authority with its First Vatican Council.

    Transcript:

    And so, Pius IX, who lived a long time – he reigned down till 1878, 32 years; that is a very long papal reign at any time in history – Pius IX concluded that there ought to be an ecumenical council of the church called. It would meet in the Vatican, and its primary task would be to reassert and clarify the power of the papacy. This council meeting in 1870 in the Vatican is known today as the First Vatican Council, since there has been a second one since in the 20th century. But this First Vatican Council was intended by Pius to be a strong and effective testimony to who the pope was, how he must be recognized, and what should be thought of the papacy. And so, the declarations of the First Vatican Council are very important for us to remember because they continue to be the official position of the Roman Catholic Church.

  3. Does Isaiah 53:5 promise physical healing for Christians? From one of our Ask R.C. events, R.C. Sproul explains how the atonement of Jesus relates to the ultimate healing of God’s people.

    Do you have another biblical or theological question? Ask Ligonier is your place for answers.

  4. Unhindered by man and unrestricted by Satan, the sovereign grace of God irresistibly overcomes every obstacle to the salvation of His chosen ones. The conditions in the lives of the elect do not have to be just right in order for God to bring them to Himself. Whether it is during the high times of a great reformation and revival or the low times of a spiritual famine in the land, whether in a king's palace or a pauper's prison, in a cosmopolitan culture or in a remote outpost, the sovereign grace of God is perfectly capable of irresistibly drawing those whom He has chosen to eternal life. No matter what seemingly impossible obstacle looms on the horizon, be it satanic forces or human hardness of heart, God's grace is greater still.

    Perhaps nowhere was this irrepressible triumph of sovereign grace more clearly seen than in the dark days of the wilderness experience of Israel under the leadership of Moses. In the desert, Israel was confronted with many difficulties and challenges. In most of these tests, she failed miserably. The Israelites whined and complained against God, even in the face of His gracious guidance. They saw God's abundant provision, yet fell repeatedly into spiritual apostasy and sexual orgies. When they stood on the precipice of entering the Promised Land, they tragically fell back in rank unbelief and rebellion. For forty years, they wandered aimlessly in the barren wilderness until an entire generation died there. Never did God face greater obstacles to the fulfillment of His plan of salvation.

    Yet even in these difficult straits, God's sovereign grace was promised and provided to those for whom it was intended. Despite the foul stench of unbelief and the swirling apostasy of Israel in the wilderness, the saving grace of God blew as a life-giving breath of fresh air. There, on the back side of the desert, the truth of God's sovereignty was clearly heard from heaven and unmistakably seen upon earth. Like a radiant star on the darkest night, God's sovereign grace shone brightly in the wilderness. This is the triumphant truth that Moses penned in the books of Exodus through Deuteronomy.

    This excerpt is taken from Foundations of Grace by Steven Lawson.

  5. It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as theology, expository preaching, church history, baptism, parenting, John Calvin, and more.

    Plus, several bonus resources are also available for more than $5. These have been significantly discounted from their original price. This week’s bonus resources include:

    Sale runs through 12:01 a.m.–11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

    View today’s $5 Friday sale items.