R.C. Sproul Goes Home

R.C. Sproul has been a leading voice on the need for deep theology in the American church. The Lord has called him home

I'm in a season of prayer right now about my career and next steps. It's never an easy thing at the holiday season to be overwhelmed with worry about what to do, etc. One of those people who have encouraged me in my prayer life over the years has been R.C. Sproul. I never met him personally, though we had several mutual friends. But I read him and listened to him. I subscribe to Tabletalk and in reformed circles, R.C. is a big deal. On a personal level, through his writings I have learned better to trust in the Lord.

He's also a big deal in culture, though you may not have heard of him. Many of the prominent pastors in America today have found refuge and wisdom in R.C.'s books. He formed Ligonier Ministries and relentlessly preached on God's sovereignty. All is under God's control and in that we can take comfort because all things work for the good of those called according to his purposes.

His departure from here to eternity is bitter sweet because he was inspired by a belief that American Christian theology was shallow and he wanted to boost it. He worked tirelessly to raise up other voices in ministry. But his passing on home comes at a time when much of the shallowness in American theology is being exposed.

One of my big complaints about the conservative movement today is that many of the major organizations are going to collapse as a waste of resources when their founders die. R.C. knew that Christianity is about Jesus and so his ministry must be about Jesus. As a result, he worked to ensure Ligonier will grow on without him.

If you are unfamiliar with his works, I highly recommend you go to Amazon today and just order anything he has written. His books on scripture, prayer, God's sovereignty, etc. are all worth reading. You will learn so much. Our loss here really is Heaven's gain. R.C. Sproul will be missed.

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russedav
russedav

Thank God for his faithful servant!

IndyArcher
IndyArcher

Kansasgirl- I'm sure you'll be challenged by the book immensely, as was I. It took me a while to truly appreciate the beauty of the book simply because I came from such a drastically different theological background, but with Bible on one side and Sproul on the other, I read and re-read scripture after scripture. In time I became one of 'them'. I hope we'll get to somehow hear what you think in future days. May you be richly blessed in your time of study. There's no greater search and no greater reward!

Kansasgirl444
Kansasgirl444

Indy: I just purchased the book on Amazon. Thanks for the recommendation.

cancerdoc
cancerdoc

I had the immense privilege of meeting Dr. Sproul personally--my wife and I shared a breakfast table with him and Vesta once, and he helped me with a Sunday school lesson plan I was preparing while we were on a Ligonier-organized trip together in Philadelphia a few years ago. Unfailingly gracious. Beside the word of God itself, I am hard pressed to think of a more significant and beneficial influence on my spiritual journey over the past 25 years.

IndyArcher
IndyArcher

Shortly after coming to know Christ some 30 years ago, by "chance" I encountered 'Chosen by God' at a local bookstore. I had no clue who RC Sproul was, nor how instrumental he was as a teacher and theologian. That book sent me on a journey of many exciting discoveries and an equal number of sleepless nights as I began to wrestle with my own understanding of Scripture and God's sovereignty over and throughout history. To this day, 'Chosen by God' and 'The Holiness of God' remain two of the most impacting books in the growth of my faith.

I can only imagine the inexpressible joy RC must be experiencing as he gets to hear in person those words from Isaiah 6 that he so loved while here on earth, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts. The whole earth is full of His glory!" No longer in a mirror, but now face to face.