Last month, one of the theological giants of our time passed away. For decades, R.C. Sproul faithfully served God’s people, the Church, in countless ways. He wrote numerous books, hosted a radio broadcast, pastored a church in Orlando Florida, recorded a variety of lecture series, and hosted annual theology conferences to name a few.
I highly recommend you read John Piper’s article Unashamed Allegiance on the Desiring God website.
Piper is not alone in his sentiments. His tribute is just one of many that honor the the life and ministry of R.C. Sproul. Multigenerational devotees worldwide have been significantly impacted by his teaching, preaching, and storytelling. He was masterful communicator, who passionately articulated the deep truths of Scripture in a way anybody could understand without shying away from the tough questions and theological complexities. What makes Piper’s words so moving is not simply his fondness for his friend’s passionate personality and incredible intellect, but his fascination with what he calls Sproul’s “incomparable combination of allegiances.” R.C. Sproul’s humble allegiance to the text of Scripture and properly understanding the nature of God was inspirational, even breathtaking, and contagious.
I certainly resonate with Piper’s words. From afar and without ever having met him, R.C. Sproul encouraged me to study and appreciate the Word of God and to love the God of the Word. I’ve listened to hours of his teaching series, and read many of his articles and books. Last year we at King’s Chapel studied together What is Reformed Theology? as part of our celebration of the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. I highly recommend that book or any resource with his name on it or produced by the ministry he founded Ligonier ministries.
R.C. Sproul has left a mark, a legacy. And as his memorial page rightly states, “We honor R.C. best by carrying on his mission to help as many people as possible understand the character of God and rest by faith alone in Jesus Christ.”
I hope you are blessed by Piper’s tribute of R.C. Sproul. I hope it encourages you to run to the Scriptures and grow in your love for the “chair” (you’ll understand when you read the article).
“The impact of R.C. Sproul on my life and ministry is owing to an incomparable combination of his unashamed allegiance to the absolute sovereignty and centrality of God, his total devotion to the inerrancy and radical relevance of the Christian Scriptures, his serious and rigorous attention to the actual text of Scripture in shaping his views, and his jolting formulations of biblical truth in relation to contemporary reality.
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