Gracious Gospel Repentance
January 30, 2020 by Nicholas Batzig
It is not uncommon to come across statements on repentance on social media. Most of these come in the form of atomistic sayings. Some of these statements--though well-meaning--are simply theologically inaccurate. Others lack biblical nuance. Many fail to connect repentance to the good news of the gospel. Still others gives the impression that repentance is a legal and preparatory cause of the application of redemption. This is no novel error. The entire history of Christianity has, to some extent, been shaped by debates over the proper understanding and practice of repentance. What, then, do we learn from a consideration of historic treatments of repentance? And, how ought we to give biblical nuance to our definition of repentance?
Herman Bavinck, in his Reformed Dogmatics, noted the way in which an error in regard to the doctrine of repentance permeated the church in the early centuries after the Apostles. He wrote,
"In those first centuries, the doctrine of the application of salvation was not at all developed and in part already steered in wrong directions early on. Although there are a few 'testimonies of evangelical truth' here and there, on the whole the gospel was soon construed as a new law. Faith and repentance were generally regarded as the necessary way to salvation but were ultimately the product of human freedom. Though salvation had objectively been acquired by Christ, to become participants in it the free cooperation of humans was needed. Faith as a rule was no more than the conviction of the truth of Christianity, and repentance soon acquired the character of a penance that satisfied for sins. The sins committed before one’s baptism were indeed forgiven in baptism, but those committed after baptism had to be made good by penance. Penitence was frequently still viewed as sincere contrition over sin, but the emphasis shifted increasingly to the external acts in which it had to manifest itself, such as prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and so on, and these good works were viewed as a “satisfaction of work.” Soteriology was altogether externalized. Not the application of salvation by the Holy Spirit to the heart of the sinner but the achievement of so-called good—often totally arbitrary—works was regarded as the way of salvation. Christian discipleship consisted in copying the life and suffering of Christ, which was vividly portrayed before people’s eyes. Martyrs, ascetics, and monks were the best Christians."1
This was not simply an error in the early centuries of the Christian church. The antithetical distinction between penitence and repentance lay at the heart of the Reformation. Luther's ninety-five theses were not theological expositions of justification by faith alone (although they would later be inexorably linked to his theology of justification); rather, they were a corrective to the legalism of the Roman Catholic doctrine of penance.
In the post-Reformation era debates ensued over the nature of faith and repentance. For example, John Owen strongly opposed the neo-nomian (i.e, new law) theology of Richard Baxter, Johannes Piscator (1546-1625), and Thomas Gataker. In his work on the doctrine of justification, Owen persuasively argued that Baxter was wrongly placing faith and repentance in the place where the imputation of the active obedience of Christ belonged.
In the eighteenth century many considered repentance to be "the achievement of so-called good—often totally arbitrary—works...as the way of salvation." Whereas, the Roman Catholic doctrine of penance focused on the "external acts in which [repentance] had to manifest itself, such as prayer, fasting, almsgiving," protestant versions of penance focused on external acts of reading the Bible, prayer, worship attendance, good works, and holding others to whatever standard of holiness proponents thought themselves to have attained. There is perhaps no better example than that of John Wesley, Charles Wesley, and George Whitfield during their time in the Holy Club.
In the late 1730's, Charles Wesley and his brother, John, had founded a religious group at Christ Church, Oxford. Students pejoratively named this group the Holy Club. Its members held themselves out as being exemplars of true Christian piety and service. Members of the Holy Club prayed often, submerged themselves into Bible reading, feeding the poor, visiting widows and orphans and fasting every Wednesday and Friday until 3 PM. Whitefield recounted his religious rigor in his diary where he wrote:
“I began to pray, sing Psalms three times a day and to fast every Friday and to receive the sacrament once a month.”
For years, Whitefield gave himself to this religious rigor in “The Holy Club.” There was, however, one distressing problem: there was no gospel in “the Holy Club” and the Wesleys and Whitefield were unconverted. One could just as easily apply Bavinck's summary of medieval Romans Catholicism to the Holy Club: "Christian discipleship consisted in copying the life and suffering of Christ, which was vividly portrayed before people’s eyes. Martyrs, ascetics, and monks were the best Christians."
It wasn’t until he read Henry Scougal’s little book The Life of God in the Soul of Man that Whitfield realized what he was missing in his soul. He wrote:
"God showed me that I must be born again, or be damned! I learned that a man may go to church, say his prayers, receive the sacrament and yet not be a Christian."
As he came to meditate on the fact that Christ had cried out, ‘I thirst! I thirst!’ when He hung on the cross for sinners, Whitfield exclaiming, ‘I thirst! I thirst!’ For the first time in his life, Whitfield drank deeply the living waters freely offered by Christ. Only a sight of Christ crucified and risen will produce true evangelical repentance in someone's heart.
The nature of true repentance is nowhere better captured than it is in question 87 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. There, we read,
"Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience.”
Here then are those things of which “repentance unto life” (i.e., evangelical repentance) is composed:
- First, evangelical repentance is a saving grace. There is nothing legal or meritorious about repentance. It is not something that we can produce in and of ourselves. It is a gracious gift of God implanted in the souls of His people by His Spirit.
- Second, evangelical repentance necessitates that a man or woman have a true sense of his or her sin. There must be recognition of what sin truly is in all its heinousness. True repentance begins with the acknowledgment that we are guilty of transgressing all of God’s commandments. As Colquhoun put it, a person must be “deeply sensible of the exceeding sinfulness and just demerit of his innumerable sins.” There will be no true repentance apart from this.
- Third, evangelical repentance is animated by “an apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ.” Any true repentance will only ever be borne in our lives when we come to see that Christ was crucified for sinners and that He freely receives and welcomes sinners. A sight of God’s great mercy in Christ fuels saving repentance. It sees, as Richard Sibbes so eloquently put it, that “there is more mercy in Christ than sin in us.” Without this, anything that goes by the name “repentance” is nothing more than a legal attempt at moral reformation that falls short of the saving grace of God in Christ.
- Fourth, evangelical repentance includes a grief and hatred for sin in the soul of the redeemed. There is what the Apostle Paul calls a “godly sorrow” brought about in the soul. We are to be more grieved that we have sinned against God than we are over the fact that we suffer temporal consequences on account of our sin. The former produces sorrow unto life; the latter produces death (2 Cor. 7:10).
- Finally, evangelical repentance enables us to “turn from our sin unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience.” True repentance involves a turning away from sin and to God. As the Prodigal Son came to his senses and thought to himself, “I will return to my father’s house,” so a repentant sinner flees from sin and into the arms of his loving and merciful Father in heaven. When the grace of God in Christ comes to a sinner, he responds to the call of God to return (Ezek. 18:30, 32). The fruit of evangelical repentance will be true, grace-motivated, gratitude-driven obedience before God.2
While we may learn to properly define repentance, the reality is that the experience of true biblical repentance will differ from person to person--both in the degree and quality of the experience. Bavinck again explained,
"The way upon which the children of God walk is one way but they are varyingly led upon that way, and have varying expe- riences. What a difference there is in the leading which God gives the several patriarchs; what a difference there is in the conversion of Manasseh, Paul and Timothy! How unlike are the experiences of a David and a Solomon, a John and a James! And that same difference we encounter also outside of Scripture in the life of the church fathers, of the reformers, and of all the saints. The moment we have eyes to see the richness of the spiritual life, we do away with the practice of judging others according to our puny measure.
There are people who know of only one method, and who regard no one as having repented unless he can speak of the same spiritual experiences which they have had or claim to have had. But Scripture is much richer and broader than the narrowness of such confines. In this respect also the word applies: There are diversities of gifts but the same Spirit; and there are differences of administrations but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God who works all in all (1 Cor. 12:4-6).
The true repentance does not consist of what men make of it, but of what God says of it. In the diversity of providences and experiences it consists and must consist of the dying of the old and the rising of the new man."3
If our proclamations of repentance send the message that "not the application of salvation by the Holy Spirit to the heart of the sinner but the achievement of so-called good—often totally arbitrary—works is regarded as the way of salvation," then we do not understand biblical repentance. If we detach the call to repent from the proclamation of what Christ has fully and freely accomplished by His death on the cross, we are promoting legal reformation rather than Spirit-wrought holiness. If we speak of repentance apart from the regenerating work of the Spirit, we turn repentance into a legal act rather than a gracious work of God in the soul. No one will ever truly live as a repentant sinner unless he first--like the prodigal son--come to an end of himself and returns to His gracious and loving father; and, no one will ever come to an end of himself, and turn from his sin to the gracious and loving father, until he is brought by God from spiritual death to spiritual life. When we are born of God's Spirit we will live as new creatures--putting off the old and putting on the new--experiencing the ongoing grace of repentance in our souls.
1. Herman Bavinck, John Bolt, and John Vriend, Reformed Dogmatics: Sin and Salvation in Christ, vol. 3 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006), 508.
2. This is an excerpt from an article previously published at Tabletalk Magazine in October of 2019.
3. Herman Bavinck Our Reasonable Faith (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1956), 438.
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June 28, 2014In Plenty and/or Want...
June 26, 2014Are Some Parts of Scripture Greater Than Others?
June 17, 2014Geerhardus Vos on the Mosaic Covenant and the Covenant of Grace
June 14, 2014Geerhardus Vos on Sides, Administrations and Conditionality in the Covenant of Grace
June 13, 2014Lord, Should I Forgive My Brother This One Time?
June 3, 2014Ezra and Nehemiah: Types of Christ
May 30, 2014What Was Jesus Praying in the Garden?
May 24, 2014How God Even Works Sin Together for the Believer's Good
May 24, 2014The Justification of the Good Works of the Justified
May 21, 2014Dangers of Theological Controversy
May 14, 2014The End in the Beginning: A Biblical-Theological Catechism (Genesis)
May 13, 2014A Tale of Two Trees
May 9, 2014The True and Greater Sweet-Psalmist of Israel
May 8, 2014Jesus: The Wisdom of God
April 30, 2014The Death of Jesus, An Act of Worship
April 27, 2014Dr. John H. Skilton's Funeral Sermon For Rena VanTil--Wife of Cornelius VanTil
April 21, 2014The Person, Work and Reward of the Redeemer
April 6, 2014John Piper’s 10 Reasons Why Romans 7:14-25 Is About The Christian’s Experience
March 29, 2014How Jesus Read the Old Testament (Part 2)
March 26, 2014The Third Use of the Law and the Finished Work of Christ
March 21, 2014The Greatest Explanation Of What Happens In Conversion
March 18, 2014How Did Jesus Read the Old Testament (Part 1)
March 18, 2014How Did Jesus Read the Old Testament?
March 18, 2014The Christward Collective
March 12, 2014Jonathan Edwards Christology of the Song of Songs
February 20, 2014The Most Important Overlooked Doctrine (Part 2)
February 20, 2014The Most Important Overlooked Doctrine (Part 2)
February 18, 2014Jonathan Edwards on David as a Type of Christ
February 11, 2014The Most Important Overlooked Doctrine?
February 10, 2014The Most Important Overlooked Doctrine (Part 1)
February 5, 2014Pitfalls of Parachurch
January 29, 2014Geerhardus Vos on the Covenant of Works
January 22, 2014Reading and Preaching the Text in Context
January 14, 2014Death and Resurrection: The Key to the Old Testament
January 8, 2014A Biblical Theology of the Good Shepherd
December 30, 2013The Silence of Jesus in Judgment
December 27, 2013Lloyd-Jones on The Gospel and the Charge of Antinomianism
December 26, 2013A God-Determined Progress to a God-Determined End
December 25, 2013Ray Ortlund's Isaiah Sermon Series
December 21, 2013Learning to be a Grateful Critic
December 16, 2013Vos on the Historicity and Interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2
December 4, 2013John Calvin on the Great Exchange
November 22, 2013The Theological Greatness of Jonathan Edwards
November 18, 20136 Subtle Ways to Hold on to Self-Righteousness
November 16, 2013Paul, the Law and Eschatological Justification: Three Views of Romans 2:13
November 7, 2013Does God the Father Love You Because of Jesus?
November 3, 2013The Anatomy of Saving Faith
November 2, 2013A Crisis In the Divine Government
October 31, 2013Individual Personalities and the Gospel
October 23, 2013The Strongest Evidence for the Deity of the Son
October 18, 2013Make It Your Own!
October 15, 2013The Parable of the Three Sons
October 15, 20139 Traces of the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Old Testament
October 13, 201320 Things Jesus Does As The Great Shepherd
October 9, 2013Four Things To Keep In Mind For Your "Last Sermon"
October 1, 2013What Would Jesus Drink?
September 28, 2013The Grace of Remembering
September 16, 2013Stuart Robinson's 8 Point Interpretation of Genesis 3:15
August 31, 2013Suffering, Chastisement and the Fatherly Love of God
August 21, 2013Baptism in the Reformed Tradition (Resources)
August 20, 2013A Biblical Theology of Darkness and Light
August 16, 2013A Faith That Triumphs And Suffers
August 14, 2013We See Jesus: New Testament Use of the Old in Hebrews 1:4
August 13, 2013The Apostolic "We" Passages
August 6, 2013A Biblical Theology of Exile/Restoration in the OT Prophets
August 5, 2013C.S. Lewis on the Right of Private Judgment
August 5, 2013No Greeting From the Holy Spirit?
July 26, 2013Because There Was No Sun...
July 24, 2013Old Testament Personal Types and Shadows of Christ
July 16, 2013A Bad Court In Which To Be Tried
July 9, 2013The Wisdom of the Son (Law and Gospel in the Proverbs)
July 8, 2013The Emmaus Sessions: Christ and Redemptive History
July 2, 2013Tolerance that Parodies Love
July 2, 2013C.S. Lewis on Beauty and Idolatry
July 1, 2013John's Use of the Song of Songs in the Book of Revelation
June 29, 2013Book of Hebrews Resources
June 28, 2013Jonathan Edwards on Christ and the Song of Songs
June 16, 2013Sinclair Ferguson, William Still and Eric Alexander Crieff Fellowship Lectures (1979-2007)
June 10, 2013Jesus on the Inerrancy and infallibility of Scripture
June 7, 20135 Reasons to Join (or Not Join) a Church Plant
May 22, 2013The Songs of the Son (Seeing Christ in the Psalms)
May 16, 2013No More Consciousness of Sin?
May 12, 2013A Pastor's Love for Christ
May 8, 2013Why We Fear Grace
May 4, 2013Why Was Christ Veiled in the Law?
May 1, 2013Proud vs. Broken People
April 26, 2013When God Swears to God
April 8, 2013Taking Up the Hammer and the Nails (A Theology of Apostasy)
April 2, 2013On Getting As Little Truth As Possible
March 22, 2013Jesus' Compassion for Sinners
March 7, 2013The Difference Between a Prophet and a Priest
February 17, 2013The Holy Spirit Says...
February 16, 2013John Newton's Olney Hymn of Gospel Types
February 12, 2013The Importance of Time Management
February 9, 2013Jesus and the General and Special Revelation of God
February 9, 2013Sinclair Ferguson Sermon Series Collective
February 8, 2013Warfield, Biblical Doctrines and Confessionalism
February 1, 2013"Textual, Expository, Redemptive-Historical, Applicatory" Preaching?
January 31, 2013The God Who Loves Finished Work
January 28, 2013Jesus and the World to Come
January 22, 2013East of Eden (Episode 12): Jesus Christ, the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever
January 19, 2013Top 10 (or 11) Volumes on the Suffering and Glory of Christ
January 16, 2013Eric Alexander Sermons
January 15, 2013Edwards on Intellectual vs. Spiritual Understanding
January 12, 2013John Owen on the Apostles' Christological Interpretation of Psalm 2
January 6, 2013"We See Jesus" Sermon Series
January 3, 2013Symbols of Christ in the Wilderness
December 29, 2012The Parable of Three Lost Sons
December 16, 2012The Glory of Man at Creation and in Redemption
December 15, 2012Jesus: The Omega of the Old Testament
December 6, 20127 Years of the 9Marks Journal
November 16, 2012The Aroma of Christ
November 14, 2012East of Eden: The Biblical and Systematic Theology of Jonathan Edwards
October 27, 2012The "Signs" of Tongues and Prophecy in 1 Cor. 14:20-25
October 26, 2012A Divinely Inspired Anachronism of Eschatological Hope (or 'How God Enabled Abraham to Long for Heav
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October 25, 2012When Christ Orchestrates a Prison Break
October 23, 2012Jesus Runs the Church
October 23, 2012Christ and the Tent in the Wilderness
October 20, 2012Jonathan Edwards on Righteous and Sinful Anger
October 18, 2012The Man Behind Monergism
October 17, 2012The Clean for the Unclean
October 15, 2012The Christology of Deut. 30:11-14
October 10, 2012East of Eden (Episode 7) - Christian Knowledge
October 10, 2012Christ's Gifts of the Spirit
October 8, 2012"Precious" New Puritan Press
September 25, 2012On Headship, Hats, Hair and Historical Context
September 22, 2012Sinclair Ferguson on the New Perspective
September 22, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: The Mosaic Covenant and Christ (Part 2)
September 18, 2012East of Eden (Episode 4): Dr. Ken Minkema & the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale
September 18, 2012Sinclair Ferguson on Preaching Poetry
September 12, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: The Mosaic Covenant and Christ (Part 1)
September 11, 2012Jonathan Edwards on the Typology of the Showbread and Lampstand in the Temple
September 11, 2012Samuel Miller Publications Online
September 11, 2012East of Eden (Episode 3): The Most High, A Prayer Hearing God
September 5, 2012How Redemptive History and Example Meet in the Book of Hebrews
September 4, 2012East of Eden: God Glorified in Man's Dependence (Episode 2)
August 28, 2012East of Eden: The Biblical and Systematic Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Episode 1)
August 11, 2012The Theological Driver's Seat and a M16
August 11, 2012Sinclair Ferguson Sermons from His Scotland Days
August 8, 2012Archibald Alexander Publications Online
August 7, 2012Vos on the Typical Role of Moses and the Exodus (Part 1)
July 31, 2012John Gerstner Lectures
July 28, 2012On the Sabbath, Ceremonial Sabbaths, the Lord's Day and the Day of the LORD
July 21, 2012Christ: The End of the Law for Justification and Sanctification
July 13, 2012Jonathan Edwards' Seven Steps for Growth in Divine Knowledge
July 10, 2012Christological Principles of Typology
July 9, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: Christ and Redemptive History
June 28, 2012Adolphe Monod on Jesus, the Mystery of Godliness
June 28, 2012The "Not I, but the Lord...I say, Not the Lord" Sayings of Paul
June 26, 2012Jonathan Edwards on Self-Righteousness in Believers
June 16, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: The Abrahamic Covenant and Christ
June 1, 2012Christ Crucified: the Center of Gravity in Preaching
May 29, 2012William Still Sermons
May 28, 2012Noah, Jesus and Preaching to Spirits
May 28, 2012Teaching One Another In...
May 25, 2012Jesus Christ: Savior or Example?
May 24, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: Adam, Covenant and Christ
May 20, 2012Three Ways the New Testament Writers Quote the Old Testament
May 18, 2012Four Points about the Noahic Covenant and Redemptive History
May 9, 2012"Confessing Our Faith in a Non-Confessing World" Conference (AK)
April 30, 2012Vern Poythress on the Different Approaches to Scripture
April 26, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: A Tale of Two Seeds
April 17, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: The Church as the True Israel
April 14, 2012Spurgeon on the Amusement-Driven Church
April 9, 2012The Sermon on the Mount and the Savior on the Mount
April 3, 2012The Emmaus Sessions - Jesus: True Israel
April 2, 2012The Justification of Imputation
March 17, 2012The Gracious Judgment of Charity
March 3, 2012A Dialogue to Die For
February 27, 2012Feeding on Christ - 2012 Giveaway
February 15, 2012A Biblical Theology of Food and Drink
February 11, 2012Gospel Justice
February 11, 2012"Filling the Shepherd's Fold" Seminar
February 9, 2012A Picture Worth 66 Books
February 4, 2012A Cheap and Easy Way to Support a Church Plant
January 31, 2012How Jesus Confronted and Corrected Others
January 9, 2012Free Martyn Lloyd-Jones Ephesians Sermon Series
January 7, 2012Paradise Restored Series
December 29, 2011"For Unto Us" Sermon Series
December 29, 2011M.I.C. iPhone/iPad Accessories
December 24, 2011The Magi and the Scriptures
December 23, 2011Seeing the Savior in a Poor, Beggar Baby
December 15, 2011Isaiah an OT Paul and Paul a NT Isaiah
December 10, 2011Sinclair Ferguson Christmas Sermons 2005-2012
December 4, 2011Take Heed (December 2011 Tabletalk Article)
December 1, 2011Identifying the Colossian Heresy
November 21, 2011Reading the Gospels in Light of the Gospel
November 19, 2011Sermon Preparation Resources
November 19, 2011Sermon Preparation Resources
November 18, 2011How to Handle Criticism
November 18, 2011Sinclair Ferguson Lectures on Marriage and Parenting
November 17, 2011The Marrow of Modern of Divinity
November 7, 2011The Most Jesus-centered Devotional in Church History!
November 5, 2011The Peril of Wandering (November 2011 Tabletalk Article)
October 29, 2011Preaching Christ in the Proverbs (Video and Audio)
October 28, 2011Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University Resources
October 27, 2011New Keith and Kristyn Getty Christmas Album
October 19, 2011Preaching Christ from the Proverbs (Lecture)
October 16, 2011The Obedience of the Second Adam and True Israel
October 15, 2011A Biblical Theology of Locusts
October 8, 2011The Inner Ring (October 2011 Tabletalk Devotional)
October 6, 2011The Double Crucifixion
September 30, 2011The Dangers of Seeking to Restore
September 28, 2011Sinclair Ferguson 2004-2011 Tabletalk Articles
September 26, 2011Don't Waste Your Grill or Boat
September 26, 2011The Astonishment of Jesus
September 16, 2011Luther and Calvin on Galatians 5:6
September 8, 2011One Thing Leads to Another
September 8, 2011Free Martyn Lloyd-Jones Sermons
September 5, 2011The Secret of Sanctification
August 31, 2011New James M. Boice Daily Devotional
August 31, 2011Second Annual Reformation Worship Conference (Oct. 20-23)
August 26, 2011The World Redeemed From Within
August 20, 2011The Spiritual Decline of Once-Healthy Churches
August 19, 2011The Hardships of Christian Ministry
August 17, 2011Purposes and Preaching of Parables
August 15, 2011Let Him Who Thinks He Stands...
August 13, 2011Holy War: Jesus Style
August 12, 2011PrCRT 2011 Conference - Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
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August 7, 2011The Spirit's First Word
August 6, 2011Making Much of God as Father
August 5, 2011Vern Poythress Redeeming Sociology Interview
July 30, 2011Paradise Restored (Video Series)
July 29, 2011Christ is the Wisdom of God
July 28, 2011The Revelation of the Father and the Son
July 26, 2011Jonathan Edwards on the Demand and Curse of the Law
July 22, 2011The Cursed Christ
July 21, 2011Christ, The Savior of Biblical Interpretation?
July 21, 2011Calvin on Legal Righteousness
July 19, 2011Machen on 'Do This and Live'
July 16, 2011Forthcoming Reformed Commentary Series
June 30, 2011R. A. Finlayson on the Sufferings of the Second Adam
June 28, 2011Vern Poythress on Redeeming Sociology
June 24, 2011Propaganda 4 min. Gospel Video
June 24, 2011William Still On Christ Within
June 21, 2011Selected Articles and Posts
June 21, 2011The Deep Things of Christ
June 20, 2011Galatians Sermon Series
June 14, 2011American Presbyterian Father of the Faith: Rev. Samuel Blair
June 13, 2011Isaac Watts' Absurdity of Infidelity
June 12, 2011The Symbolism of the Ark of the Covenant
June 12, 2011A Biblical Theology of Time
June 2, 2011Hymns of the Christian Faith Series
May 31, 2011Church Planting in the Most Dangerous City in the USA
May 26, 2011The Lord our Righteousness
May 23, 2011The Baptizer and the Betrayer in the Old Testament
May 23, 2011Implications of Trusting in Something
May 7, 2011The Converting Light of the Gospel
May 2, 2011The Allurement of Christ
April 29, 2011PCRT 2011 Children of God Conference and Live Webstream
April 23, 2011Eric Alexander on the Cup of Bitterness and Cup of Blessing
April 22, 2011Rejoice in the Murder of Jesus!
April 22, 2011Lloyd-Jones on Preaching and the Use of Media
April 20, 2011Twelve Years of GPTS Conference Audio Online
April 12, 2011Edwards on Spiritual Pride and Self-Righteousness
April 11, 2011Simeon and Levi: Destroying with the Gospel
April 6, 2011Spurgeon on the Church Planting Magnet
April 2, 2011Too Busy for the Son of God
April 2, 2011Darrin Patrick Audio from the Sovereign Grace PLANT Conference
March 28, 2011Derek Thomas Called as Associate Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC.
March 23, 2011Rare Antiquarian Theological Book Sale
March 23, 2011David, Goliath and Representative Warfare
March 21, 2011A Sinless Life
March 8, 2011GPTS Conference Live Webcast
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March 5, 2011Rowland Ward on the Covenant of Works
March 2, 2011The Blood of Jesus Shed for Angels?
February 24, 2011On Church Membership and Fencing the Lord's Table
February 20, 2011The Idol-Crushing King
February 9, 2011The Resurrection Power of Jesus
February 8, 2011Ligonier Academy Bible College: An Interview with Michael Morales
January 31, 2011Which Systematic Theology is Best?
January 27, 2011The Church: Organism or Organization
January 19, 2011A Life of Blessing and Rest
January 18, 2011The Firstborn, the Levites, Substitution and the Redemption Money
January 13, 2011Highland Theological College Lectures
January 10, 2011Liam Goligher Called to Tenth Presbyterian
January 2, 2011Liam Goligher Candidating at Tenth Presbyterian
December 31, 2010Modern Judaizers?
December 27, 2010The Christ of the Nunc Dimmitis
December 20, 2010The Humiliated and Poverty-Stricken Savior
December 18, 2010Derek Thomas & Ligon Duncan Lectures on the Songs of Christmas
December 16, 2010Jesus: True Israel of the First Gospel
December 15, 2010Eric Alexander on Living "Life in the Flesh"
December 14, 2010"Westminster Confession for Today" Conference Audio
December 13, 2010An Unexpected Announcement (Luke 1:26-38)
December 8, 2010New Dale Ralph Davis Book on Psalms 1-12
December 3, 2010T. Desmond Alexander Audio Lectures and Sermons
November 30, 2010New William Still Republications
November 27, 2010Sinclair Ferguson Basics Conference Videos on Union with Christ
November 27, 2010Elisabeth Elliot on Hymnody
November 26, 2010Pray for Martin Downes' Daughter
November 26, 2010Forthcoming Jonathan Edwards and Scotland Volume
November 25, 2010Sinclair Ferguson on the Apostle Paul, Patrick Hamilton and the Voice of the Gospel
November 25, 2010Sinclair Ferguson on the Westminster Assembly and Baptism
November 24, 2010Mark Dever and the "Reading Richard Sibbes Aloud Project" (MP3 Series)
November 24, 2010Free DeGraaf and Ridderbos PDFs from Paideia Press!
November 20, 2010Pray for Edward Donnelly
November 20, 2010Kim Riddlebarger Amillennialism Interview
November 19, 2010The Faith of the Centurion
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November 13, 2010Rowland Ward on God's Covenant Unfolded: Creation to New Creation
November 12, 2010A Divine Dialogue
November 10, 2010Lectures from the Heidelberg Conference on Reformed Theology
November 5, 2010Next Conference 2011
November 4, 2010Of Time and Eternity
November 3, 2010Exile and Restoration in the Death and Resurrection of Christ
November 3, 2010Law/Gospel Distinction in Calvin
November 1, 2010Houston Chronicle on the Resurgence of Calvinism in America
October 30, 2010How the Actions of One Man Can Affect the World
October 29, 2010The Ark of the Covenant and the Empty Tomb
October 28, 2010The Last of the Levites
October 27, 2010Preaching that Paints the Shedding of Christ's Blood
October 22, 2010John Fesko Interview on Baptism
October 21, 2010The Unimportance of what God's People Think About Him
October 18, 2010Sinclair Ferguson on the Trinity in the Upper Room
October 15, 2010Is the Fourth Commandment Still Required for Christians?
October 8, 2010Dr. Dennis Prutow Interview
October 4, 2010The Letter of the Gospel (Acts 15:12-41)
October 1, 2010The Exodus Motif in Luke-Acts
September 28, 2010Expositor's Conference Live Feed
September 28, 2010The Biblical Theology of the Pilgrim's Progress
September 25, 2010The Circumcision of Christ in Redemptive-History
September 23, 2010Exodus: Symbols of Redemption
September 23, 2010Full Confidence Conference Live on ReformedForum.TV
September 22, 2010Listen Up! $1
September 20, 2010The Son of Man in the Midst of the Lampstands (Rev. 1:9-20)
September 20, 2010Driscoll on Tithing
September 18, 2010David Gooding: A Theologian Worth Knowing About
September 17, 2010Phil Ryken Installed at Wheaton
September 16, 2010Stipulations for Mercy Ministry?
September 16, 2010The Mark of Real Gospel Preaching
September 13, 2010Cleansed By Christ Alone (John 13:1-20)
September 10, 2010The Impact of 9/11
September 6, 2010Promises, Promises
September 2, 2010The Transmission and Identification of the Inerrant Text of Scripture
September 2, 2010Expository Preaching- Youth Ministry Style
August 30, 2010The Mission of God is the God of Missions
August 28, 2010Contentment in the Ministry
August 24, 2010The Bible Is Not About You
August 24, 2010Toxic Tribalism
August 23, 2010Dr. C.N. Willborn Sermons and Lectures
August 23, 2010The Kind of People We Can Learn From
August 22, 2010He Sets the Prisoner Free (Acts 12:1-24)
August 20, 2010Revelation Resources
August 18, 2010PCA Position Papers
August 17, 2010What's in a Name?
August 14, 2010A Christian By Any Other Name...
August 13, 2010The Acts of the Apostles
August 13, 2010The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards
August 9, 2010Pentecost 2: No Partiality (Acts 10:24-11:19)
August 7, 2010Was Cornelius Regenerate Prior to Peter's Preaching Christ to Him?
August 7, 2010Bringing Home the Bacon (Acts 10:1-23)
August 6, 2010Chad Van Dixhoorn & The Westminster Assembly Project
August 6, 2010Boaz: The Law-Keeping/Debt-Paying Redeemer
August 4, 2010Card's Biblical Lyricism
August 3, 2010WWSJ - (We Would See Jesus)
July 31, 2010A Brief Redemptive-History of Animals
July 29, 2010He Must Increase...
July 28, 2010B.B. Warfield's Confession of Faith
July 27, 2010Jesus Lives, and So Shall I
July 26, 2010Reasons to Leave a Church
July 25, 2010Gabriel Fluhrer Farewell Sermon
July 23, 2010Octavius Winslow Daily Readings
July 22, 2010Holy War: Jesus Style
July 17, 2010Anthony Selvaggio on Redemptive-Historical-Applicatory Preaching?
July 15, 2010Andrew Cherry and RUF at Georgia Southern Univeristy
July 13, 2010Phil Ryken's Final Service at Tenth Presbyterian Church
July 12, 2010On Being Shrewd
July 1, 2010Writings
June 30, 2010Keller on the Duty, Delight and Danger of Being Doctrinal
June 30, 2010Church Planting Dynamics: Gathering the Churched, De-Churched and Un-Churched
June 30, 2010The Presence of God Promised & Typified in the Death of Jacob and Joseph
June 30, 20102010 Ligonier National Conference Videos
June 25, 2010Koester on Revelation
June 24, 2010Ligonier's "Bits, Bytes, Blogs & Bibles" Pre-Conference Videos
June 23, 2010Was Adam a Servant or a Son Before the Fall?
June 23, 2010Spurgeon, Driscoll and Tickling the Oyster
June 23, 2010The Glorious Conquest (Acts 9:1-22)
June 23, 2010The Patriarchal Revelation of Job
June 21, 2010Improving Your Conversations
June 21, 2010The Three Days of Jonah, Jesus and Paul
June 14, 2010Tolle Lege: Take Up and Read (Acts 8:26-40)
June 14, 2010Ligonier Ministry National Conference Live Stream
June 12, 2010W.G.T. Shedd on the Genius of Augustine
June 11, 2010Tullian Tchividjian on the Nature of God-Centered Worship
June 11, 2010Alistair Begg "For the Sake of the Gospel" Audio
June 11, 2010Reformation Worship Conference
June 10, 2010Keller on Gospel-Ecosystems
June 9, 2010John Gerstner on Roman Catholicism
June 7, 2010Can't Buy Me Life
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June 1, 2010On Dying Well
May 31, 2010To Die Is Gain (Acts 7:54-8:5)
May 29, 2010Australia's Sons of Korah
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May 27, 2010D.A. Carson's Advice to Pastors on Marriage Situations
May 25, 2010A Biblical Stategy for Church Growth
May 25, 2010Phil Ryken's Final Series at Tenth
May 24, 2010A Defense To Die For (Acts 7:1-60)
May 22, 2010The Continuing Acts of Jesus
May 21, 2010Theocratic Case Laws and the New Covenant Era
May 20, 2010The Apostolic Hermenuetic: Preaching Christ From All The Scriptures
May 20, 2010Britain's First Pro-Abortion Television Ad
May 19, 2010Beck, Lillback, Mohler and DeYoung on Social Justice
May 19, 2010Octavius Winslow Book Giveaway
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May 16, 2010R.C. Sproul on the Importance of Tithing
May 15, 2010Tim Keller on Contentment
May 15, 2010Pipa Lecture on William Perkins
May 15, 2010Godly Men: The Divine Methodology
May 14, 2010On Earth As It Is In Heaven - Tullian Tchividjian's Blog
May 14, 2010R.C. Sproul and the Ligonier Teaching Fellows
May 13, 2010Acceptance and Persecution
May 13, 2010R.C. Sproul's Successor(s)
May 10, 2010Choosing Seven Servants (Acts 6:1-7)
May 10, 2010Michael Reeves on Adam and Eve
May 10, 2010On Not Being Good Enough for the Gospel
May 8, 2010Discrimination and the Seven Servants
May 7, 2010The Imperative of the Indicative: Preaching Christ from the Gospels
May 6, 2010Separated at Birth?
May 5, 2010Advice on Reading Noteworthy Theological Chapters, Articles and Sermons
May 4, 2010The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology
May 3, 2010Above All Earthly Powers
April 30, 2010Tim Keller on Proverbs, Community and Culture
April 30, 2010Roy Taylor's Presentation of the PCA Strategic Plan
April 30, 2010Christ and Culture: Common Grace, Natural Law and Eschatology
April 30, 2010The Donkey Driven Church
April 30, 2010The Love is in the Small Things
April 30, 2010The Connected Kingdom Podcast
April 28, 2010Sinclair Ferguson on the Nature of Grace
April 28, 2010Uncovering Noah's Ark?
April 28, 2010T4G Videos
April 28, 2010Martin Downes on the Heidelcast
April 28, 2010PCRT Live Feed April 30-May 2, 2010
April 26, 2010Poythress on the Role of the Presence of God in Exegesis
April 26, 2010The Devil's in the Resales
April 24, 2010"Me-Monsters" and Social Media
April 23, 2010Alexander Brown Called as Pastor of Golden Isles PCA
April 23, 2010The Proposed PCA Strategic Plan
April 21, 2010N.T. Wright's Redeemer Prebyterian Church Lecture
April 19, 2010Ligonier National Conference Ticket Giveaway
April 19, 2010Burk Parsons on the Wisdom of Listening
April 19, 2010...So Could I!
April 19, 2010Meditations on Isaiah 53 (Part 3)
April 17, 20102010 Greenville PCRT - Joel Beeke on "The Age of the Spirit"
April 17, 20102010 Greenville PCRT - Michael Horton "This Present Evil Age"
April 16, 20102010 T4G Audio
April 16, 2010Christ and Capitol Hill
April 16, 2010Meditations on Isaiah 53 (Part 2)
April 16, 2010PCRT Greenville Pre-Conference #2 - Cornel Venema on "The Olivet Discourse"
April 16, 2010PRCT Greenville Pre-Conference #1 - Rick Phillips on "What Cannot Be Shaken"
April 14, 2010Martin Downes "Heresy Never Dies" Twin Lakes Fellowship 2010
April 14, 2010Lex et Euangelium
April 14, 2010Meditations on Isaiah 53 (Part 1)
April 8, 2010Your Name in a Book
April 7, 2010Steps to Legalism
April 5, 2010PRTS "The Beauty and Glory of Christ" Conference
April 3, 2010Edward Donnelly Sermons on Preaching the Word
April 3, 2010More Walke on Evolution
April 2, 2010Free Sermon Hosting and Sermon Player Resource for Church Planters
March 31, 2010Ryken on Darwin
March 30, 2010Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the Honesty of Scripture
March 29, 2010Ground Shaking Prayer (Acts 4:23-31)
March 29, 2010The Alien Righteousness of Christ
March 29, 2010Pride: The Pastor's Worst Enemy
March 28, 2010L'Abri Library Audio
March 27, 2010John Knox's Theology of Prayer
March 27, 2010Samuel Miller on Engaging in Theological Debate
March 27, 2010Waltke, Bavinck and Evolution
March 27, 2010Q & A on Israel and the Church
March 27, 2010Sinclair Ferguson den Dulk Lectures
March 26, 2010Sean Lucas on the Importance of Protestant Confessionalism
March 26, 2010Jeff Waddington on Daniel's Model Prayer
March 26, 2010Christ the Center Discusses the Historicity of Adam
March 24, 2010Can This Be Wright?
March 23, 2010In Battle Array
March 23, 2010The Supreme Foolishness of the Message Preached
March 22, 2010Alfred Poirier Sermons
March 20, 2010The Battle of Battles
March 19, 2010Will the Real First Adam Please Stand Up?
March 18, 2010Performance Driven vs Gospel Driven Churches
March 18, 2010Death and Resurrection in John's Gospel
March 17, 2010Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology in Greenville, SC
March 17, 2010Why Are You So Repetitive?
March 17, 2010Jonathan Edwards on the Covenant of Works
March 16, 2010Tim Keller on the Proverbs as a Mini-Guide to Life
March 16, 2010Should Ministers Preach Christ in Every Sermon?
March 14, 2010Richard Gaffin Perspectives on Pentecost Interview
March 14, 2010The Restoration
March 13, 2010How to Degospelise the Gospel
March 12, 2010Understanding the Law and its Uses
March 11, 2010The Progressive Aloneness of Jesus
March 11, 2010The Value of a Sheep, a Coin and a Son
March 11, 2010Vos on the Covenant of Works and Sinai
March 10, 2010John Piper on Abortion and Eugenics
March 9, 2010Thoughts on Sermon Preparation
March 9, 2010The Growing and Living Church
March 4, 2010Crushing Idols, the Brook Kidron and the Cross of Christ
March 1, 2010Thomas Sowell and the Intellectuals
March 1, 2010New Book on the Atonement
March 1, 2010Hear These Words (Acts 2:14-39)
February 25, 2010Church Planting Interview
February 22, 2010John Owen on the Meaning of Hebrews 13:20
February 21, 2010When Jesus Shows Up at Pentecost
February 20, 2010Phil Ryken is the New President of Wheaton
February 20, 2010Much More Then
February 19, 2010Michael Haykin Interview
February 18, 2010A Theology of the Cross or of the Breast?
February 17, 2010Witsius on the Apostle's Creed
February 17, 2010Covenantal Baptism
February 16, 2010Dennis Johnson on Infant Baptism
February 15, 2010The Purpose of Pentecost
February 15, 2010Better By the Dozen (Acts 1:12-26)
February 13, 2010Choosing Apostolic Number 12
February 12, 2010Muller on Confessing Five Points
February 12, 2010Pastoral Lessons from Larry King?
February 12, 2010Ian Hamilton Sermons
February 10, 2010Presbyterian Mission in Haiti Relief Efforts
February 10, 2010Hart and Bucey on Epistemology and Two Kingdoms
February 8, 2010Text, Context, Cultures PHD Program
February 8, 2010The Acts of the Ascended Christ
February 6, 2010The Progress of Doctrine
February 6, 2010Jonathan Edwards on Christ's Purchase of the Spirit
February 5, 2010New Year's Sermon
February 5, 2010On Biblical Numerology
February 5, 2010Jay Adams on Rescuing Straying Sheep
February 5, 2010When the Man Comes Around
February 5, 2010George Scipione on Drunkeness vs. Disease
February 4, 2010IPC Lord's Supper Conference
February 3, 2010Eric Alexander on the Work of the Spirit in the Book of Acts
February 3, 2010The Cross and the New Division
February 2, 2010Adolph Monod: Five Discourses
February 1, 2010New Perspective(s) on Paul Audio Resources
February 1, 201010 Helpful Books on the Acts of the Apostles
January 30, 2010Murray on Sermon Introductions
January 29, 2010Christ the Center Interview with R. Scott Clark on Casper Olevianus
January 29, 2010Westminster Assembly Project Press Release
January 27, 2010The Rap on Economic Philosophy
January 27, 2010Sinclair Ferguson on Preaching to Itching Ears
January 25, 2010No One Spoke Like Him
January 25, 2010Siouxlands Presbytery and the Federal Vision
January 24, 2010The Christology of Sacrificial Countdown at the Feast of Tabernacles
January 22, 2010Joel Beeke Interview on the Puritans
January 22, 2010Abraham and Rahab in James 2
January 19, 2010Upcoming Conferences
January 17, 2010Pants on the Ground
January 17, 2010Presbyterian Mission in Haiti Update
January 15, 2010Pastoral Ministry: Learning or Doing?
January 15, 2010Support Our Family in Christ in Haiti
January 13, 2010The Tongue of the Dying Thief
January 13, 2010On Jesus' Seeking and Saving
January 10, 2010DeYoung and McClurg on Sexual Sanity
January 8, 2010John Piper Angola Prison Q & A Audio
January 7, 2010Christological Purpose of the Exodus and Wilderness Experience
January 6, 2010Dr. David Murray's Blog
January 5, 2010Faith Comes By Hearing 2009 Top Audio Picks
January 5, 2010Brit Hume Explains Advice to Tiger
January 4, 2010The Heavenly Scholar
January 1, 2010Death as a Limiting Consequence