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Items available today are:

1. Christ Alone: Living the Gospel-Centered Life

eBook Download by Sinclair Ferguson

FAQs about eBooks Noted theologian, pastor, and educator Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson explores aspects of the person and work of Jesus in his latest book, In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel-Centered Life.

2. Jonah

CD Teaching Series by R.C. Sproul

Like Jonah, we are sometimes called to stand up for, or even preach, the Gospel in uncomfortable circumstances. Like Jonah, we are often more concerned with our own comfort than with loving God and our neighbors as we should.

3. Born Again

Audio Download Teaching Series by R.C. Sproul

RETAIL $12. In this series, R.C. Sproul examines why a person must be born again if he or she is to be reconciled to our holy Creator.

4. Jesus the Evangelist

Hardcover Book by Richard Phillips

Rev. Richard D. Phillips digs into the early chapters of the Gospel of John to discover principles you can use for Christian outreach that were modeled by witnesses for Jesus and by Jesus Himself.

5. Basic Training

Audio & Video Download by R.C. Sproul

All Christians must be well grounded in the basics of the Christian faith in order for them to grow into maturity.

6. Escogidos por Dios (Chosen by God in Spanish)

Spanish Paperback by R.C. Sproul

Now available in Spanish. Predestination is a debated topic. Yet the Bible is clear about the doctrine of election and its importance to our perspectives on God and man, and the nature of their contributions to salvation.

7. Angels and Demons

Audio & Video Download Teaching Series by R.C. Sproul

Angels and demons are portrayed and discussed everywhere — from statues and paintings to poems and songs to the Internet. But are they understood correctly?

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Five Dollar Fridays at Ligonier


Items available today are:

1. The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards

eBook Download by Steven Lawson

FAQs about eBooks Jonathan Edwards is well known as perhaps the greatest theologian the United States has ever produced. He is equally noted for his preaching and writing.

2. Choosing My Religion

CD Teaching Series by R.C. Sproul

In a world engulfed with false prophesies and theories, we would be mistaken to think our students are not burdened by them. In Choosing My Religion, Dr. R.C. Sproul addresses the promises that relativism and rebellion make but cannot keep.

3. John

Hardcover Book by R.C. Sproul


In John, the second volume in the St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary series, Dr. Sproul deals with major themes in his easily understandable style.

4. John Calvin Poster

Merchandise

Available for a limited time, these posters of John Calvin illustrated by Kent Barton come pre-assembled in a poster tube. They are a beautiful addition to any office or workspace. (Posters are 19 3/4 in. x 16 in.)

5. The Last Days According to Jesus

Audio & Video Download by R.C. Sproul

What did Jesus mean when He said to His disciples that some of them would not taste death until they saw the Son of Man coming in His kingdom?

6. Five Things Every Christian Should Know

Audio Download Teaching Series by R.C. Sproul

In this series, Dr. R.C. Sproul addresses the spiritual disciplines of prayer, worship, Bible study, service, and stewardship in order to help Christians mature in their faith.

7. Holiness: 2001 National Conference

Audio & Video Download by Various Authors

In this series of lectures from Ligonier Ministries’ 2001 National Conference, “Holiness,” Alistair Begg, Jerry Bridges, Sinclair Ferguson, Susan Hunt, Rosemary Jensen, John MacArthur, R. Albert Mohler Jr., R.C. Sproul, and R.C. Sproul Jr. provide a comprehensive overview of the holiness of God.

8. The Federal Vision and Covenant Theology

Paperback by Guy Waters

The so-called “Federal Vision” has caused much controversy in Presbyterian and Reformed circles. This book is an honest and helpful assessment of the Federal Vision and a response to its claims in light of Scripture and tradition.

9. The Attributes of God

Audio Download Teaching Series by R.C. Sproul

In this series, R.C. Sproul says that our ideas about God are often too vague or just plain wrong. This series provides an informative and challenging survey of God’s attributes.

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Five Dollar Fridays at Ligonier


Items available today are:

1. Holy, Holy, Holy

eBook Download by Various Authors

FAQs about eBooks The angels in Isaiah’s vision of God’s heavenly temple (Isa. 6) used threefold repetition to praise His holiness, the superlative form of emphasis in the Hebrew language.

2. The Cross of Christ

CD Teaching Series by R.C. Sproul

The world needs the good news of the Gospel. But understanding the Gospel is impossible without understanding the cross of Christ — the event that turned the bad news of sin into the good news of salvation.

3. Silencing the Devil

Audio & Video Download by R.C. Sproul

“We cannot know that God exists,” is something you thought would never be uttered from the mouth of Dr. R.C. Sproul. In this series, this statement, along with other assertions, are made by Dr. Sproul defying the possibility of knowing God as well as the existence of God.

4. The Westminster Directory of Public Worship

Paperback book by Various Authors

The Directory of Public Worship was composed by the same group who wrote the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.

5. The Doctrine of Scripture

Audio Download by R.C. Sproul

This seminary-level teaching series shows how God has revealed Himself both in historical events and in the words recorded and preserved for us in Holy Scripture.

6. The Prince’s Poison Cup

Hardcover Book by R.C. Sproul

With The Prince’s Poison Cup, Dr. R. C. Sproul continues his series of books designed to present deep biblical truths to children on their own level.

7. Songs From the Prayer Closet

Music CD by Larry Hill

This new album features quiet arrangements of well-loved hymns that focus on the topics of prayer and worship. These cherished devotional songs are delicately explored through meditative, instrumental piano and warm string accompaniment.

8. The Holy Spirit

Audio Download Teaching Series by R.C. Sproul

Who is the Holy Spirit and what is His role in redemption? These questions have been especially important since the rise of the Pentecostal and charismatic movements in the last century.

9. When Worlds Collide

Audio & Video Download Teaching Series by R.C. Sproul

In the course of history, tragedies occur, and we ask why. In this series, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains why the Christian worldview is unique. In addressing the character of God, Dr. Sproul explores how God has providentially worked throughout history.

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Five Dollar Friday at Ligonier


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1. Reasons for Duty

Book by Dr. John Gerstner

Reasons for Duty is Dr. John Gerstner’s exposition of the Ten Commandments. In his foreword, Dr. R.C. Sproul says, “The gospel saves us not from duty, but unto duty, by which the law of God is established.

2. Believing God: Twelve Biblical Promises Christians Struggle to Accept

eBook by Dr. R. C. Sproul

In his latest book, Believing God: 12 Biblical Promises Christians Struggle to Accept, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. challenges Christians to take a second glance at the promises of God in the Bible in order to see anew the grandeur of what God has committed Himself to do for His people. Sproul explores twelve of the most significant promises in Scripture, methodically unpacking each divine pledge.

3. Basic Training

DVD Teaching Series by Dr. R. C. Sproul

All Christians must be well grounded in the basics of the Christian faith in order for them to grow into maturity. In this series, Dr. R.C. Sproul gives a concise explanation of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity in the Apostles’ Creed. It is especially useful for those who have little to no Christian background and need to learn the basic doctrines of Christianity.

4. Welcome to a Reformed Church

Book by Rev. Daniel Hyde

“Who are these guys?” That was the question the teenage Daniel R. Hyde posed to his father when he first encountered “Reformed” believers. With their unique beliefs and practices, these Christians didn’t fit any of the categories in his mind.

5. Developing Christian Character

Audio & Video Download Teaching Series by Dr. R. C. Sproul

In Developing Christian Character, Dr. R.C. Sproul observes the apostle Paul’s teaching on the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. He also addresses aspects of Christian growth, such as our assurance of salvation and our confidence in the sovereignty of God.

6. Church and State

Audio Download Teaching Series by Dr. R. C. Sproul

In this series, Dr. R.C. Sproul addresses the role of the church in government and the role of government in the church. He explains that government has been established by God to enforce order and stability in our land, and he shows how Jesus own teaching stresses the proper role of government. Also, in identifying the proper relationship between the church and state, Dr. Sproul examines the issue of civil disobedience.

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A Warning to Seekers


It would be an awful thing to go dreaming down to hell, and there to lift up our eyes with a great gulf fixed between us and heaven. It will be equally terrible to be aroused to escape from the wrath to come, and then to shake off the warning influence, and go back to our insensibility. I notice that those who overcome their convictions and continue in their sins are not so easily moved the next time: every awakening which is thrown away leaves the soul more drowsy than before, and less likely to be again stirred to holy feeling. Therefore our heart should be greatly troubled at the thought of getting rid of its trouble in any other than the right way. One who had the gout was cured of it by a quack medicine, which drove the disease within, and the patient died. To be cured of distress of mind by a false hope, would be a terrible business: the remedy would be worse than the disease. Better far that our tenderness of conscience should cause us long years of anguish, than that we should lose it, and perish in the hardness of our hearts.

Around the Wicket Gate
“Awakening” para.2

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Primary Boast Must Be Foremost


But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.  ─Galatians 6:14

Whatever we do not know, my brethren, let us know the cross; whatever subject may have a second place in our estimation, always let the ransom price paid on Calvary be first and foremost. I would have you study much the four records of the evangelists. Dwell upon them.
Christians ought to be familiar with every little incident of their Savior’s death: there is teaching in every nail; the sponge, the vinegar, and the hyssop all have a meaning in them, and the spear that pierced his side is full of instruction. We ought to study them— study them again, and again, and again. Here is the very essence of our confidence; this is the pillar upon which our souls lean. If there be any hope for sinners; if there be any consolation for sufferers; if there be any cleansing for the guilty; if there be any life for the dead, it is here…. O, dwell at the cross, then. Whatever your minds may forget to consider, let them never lose the savor of this, or leave the meditation of Christ crucified.
—C. H. Spurgeon
“A Holy Celebration”
Sermon 1092
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 19

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The Reason of Faith


Why does any man believe, and from where does his faith come?

“Faith cometh by hearing.” Granted, but do not all men hear, and do not many still remain unbelieving? How, then, does any man come by his faith? To his own experience his faith comes as the result of a sense of need. He feels himself needing a Savior; he finds Christ to be just such a Savior as he wants, and therefore because he cannot help himself, he believes in Jesus. Having nothing of his own, he feels he must take Christ or else perish, and therefore he does it because he cannot help doing it. He is fairly driven up into a corner, and there is but this one way of escape, namely, by the righteousness of another; for he feels he cannot escape by any good deeds, or sufferings of his own, and he comes to Christ and humbles himself, because he cannot do without Christ, and must perish unless he lay hold of him.

But to carry the question further back, where does that man get his sense of need? How is it that he, rather than others, feels his need of Christ? It is certain he has no more necessity for Christ than other men. How does he come to know, then, that he is lost and ruined? How is it that he is driven by the sense of ruin to take hold on Christ the Restorer? The reply is, this is the gift of God; this is the work of the Spirit. No man comes to Christ except the Spirit draw him, and the Spirit draws men to Christ by shutting them up under the law to a conviction that if they do not come to Christ they must perish. Then by sheer stress of weather, they tack[1] about and run into this heavenly port. Salvation by Christ is so disagreeable to our carnal mind, so inconsistent with our love of human merit, that we never would take Christ to be our all in all, if the Spirit did not convince us that we were nothing at all, and did not so compel us to lay hold on Christ.

But, then, the question goes further back still; how is it that the Spirit of God teaches some men their need, and not other men? Why is it that some of you were driven by your sense of need to Christ, while others go on in their self-righteousness and perish? There is no answer to be given but this, “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight.” It comes to divine sovereignty at the last. The Lord hath “hidden those things from the wise and prudent, and hath revealed them unto babes.” According to the way in which Christ put it— “My sheep, hear my voice,” “ye believe not because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.” Some divines would like to read that— “Ye are not my sheep, because ye do not believe.” As if believing made us the sheep of Christ, but the text puts it— “Ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep.” “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me. “If they come not, it is a clear proof that they were never given; for those who were given of old eternity to Christ, chosen God the Father, and then redeemed by God the Son— these are led by the Spirit, through a sense of need to come and lay hold on Christ. No man yet ever did, or ever will believe in Christ, unless he feels his need of him. No man ever did, or will feel his need of Christ, unless the Spirit makes him feel, and the Spirit will make no man feel his need of Jesus savingly, unless it be so written in that eternal book, in which God hath surely engraved the names of his chosen. So, then, I think I am not to be misunderstood on this point, that the reason of faith, or why men believe, is God’s electing love working through the Spirit by a sense of need, and so bringing them to Christ Jesus.

This tract is part 2 of Mr. Spurgeon’s message on John 3:18, entitled, “None But Jesus,” delivered on February 17, 1861, and taken from his own series of messages published from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. vii, Sermon No. 361. This Gospel tract was edited by Jon Cardwell.

This Gospel tract was printed and provided by: Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, 5440 Alabama Hwy 202, Anniston, AL 36201 www.sovereigngraceanniston.com

DOWNLOAD A FREE PRINTABLE PDF HERE. Instructions: Uses 8.5 x 11 letter size paper. Print page one; print page two on reverse side; cut in half; fold.


[1] Sailing term: to adjust the sail to catch the wind in such a way as to keep the boat on its course.

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Gospel Tracts


For the past several months we’ve been writing and printing our own gospel tracts; frankly, because we’re a very small congregation. Some of the tracts we are printing are edited from the sermons or writings of others, much in the same way that Chapel Library does.  Some of the tracts come from the sermons and writings of Mr. Spurgeon. We will post them here. The first should be posted later today.

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Jesus and the Promises


For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20

JESUS, our Lord, stands for ever connected with the way of the promise. Indeed, he is “the way, the truth, and the life.” No man comes to the Faithful Promiser but by Jesus Christ. We could not close this little book without a short chapter upon HIM. Our hope is that the reader will not attempt to obtain any comfort from a word that we have written, or even from the Word of God itself, except as he receives it through Jesus Christ. Apart from him the Scripture itself contains nothing which the soul of man may live upon. This, indeed, is the great fault of many— they search the Scriptures, for in them they think they have eternal life, but they will not come unto Christ, that they might have life. Let us not be of this foolish company; but let us come to Jesus day by day, knowing that it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell. Only as we know him do we know the light, life, and liberty of the heirs of promise; and, as surely as we wander from him we roam into bondage. Oh, for grace to abide in him, that we may possess all the good things of the covenant made with us in him!

—C. H. Spurgeon
According to Promise

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Childlike Faith


The child, in danger of the fire, just clings to the fireman, and trusts to him alone. She raises no question about the strength of his limbs to carry her, or the zeal of his heart to rescue her; but she clings. The heat is terrible, the smoke is blinding, but she clings; and her deliverer quickly bears her to safety. In the same childlike confidence cling to Jesus, who can and will bear you out of danger from the flames of sin.

—C. H. Spurgeon

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