Earlier this month we lost a gifted theologian and Bible teacher. On December 14, Dr. R.C. Sproul passed from this life into the next. The testimonials of Sproul’s life and ministry from colleagues, friends, and listeners highlight the great impact he made on the Christian community, especially to those who hold to Reformed theology. I join such a list. R.C. Sproul’s conviction of and commitment to biblical inerrancy spoke to his passion for God and His Word. His teaching on the character of God, particularly the holiness of God and the sovereignty of God, opened my eyes to the God of the Word and the Word of God. His stand for gospel clarity in the face of false gospels provides us an example to follow.
A Lasting Legacy
Yet, while the content of R.C. Sproul’s teaching ministry has left a great impact on my life, the context of his teaching is R.C. Sproul’s lasting legacy. As founder of Ligonier Ministries, R.C. Sproul’s desire was to bridge the gap between Sunday School and seminary. Sproul knew the mark of a serious Bible student did not necessarily come from a seminary degree but from a longing to know God in His Word better. For that reason, he set out to bring biblical teaching to the everyday Christian and equip them with the Word of God. As a result, people who would never make their way through seminary training received competent biblical training through the teaching ministry of R.C. Sproul.
An Extending Legacy
The lasting legacy of R.C. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries has extended to my writing and teaching ministry. While I am a Bible college professor teaching Christian leaders, my heart is for laypeople too. I want to teach the great truths of Scripture with clarity, not complexity. My hope for Entrusted By God is to teach and train Christians how to live as stewards of the gospel in every area of their lives. In a similar way to Sproul, I want to bridge the gap between laity and leadership in the study of God’s Word. With this intention in mind, I am excited to share I am setting out to write a three-volume hermeneutics course entitled Read It and Reap. This three-volume work will serve as a discipling resource, walking Christians through how to understand the Bible, how to study the Bible, and how to teach the Bible. The legacy of R.C. Sproul’s teaching in my life will live on through this work. God used R.C. in my life and, for that, I will be forever grateful! #GodusedRC