R.C. Sproul passed away yesterday, Dec. 14th, 2017, around 3pm. He was born on February 13th, 1939 and was a beloved pastor, teacher and theologian. There are very few in the Christian faith that have not been personally influenced by his books and teachings. Our church is currently taking in the series “Dust to Glory” by Sproul. We have been blessed to learn from him!
Sproul was especially gifted at teaching about the holiness of God, the sinfulness of man and the need for the mediator Jesus Christ. Someone recently said that Sproul was “the Martin Luther of our generation”. I would agree!
I had the privilege on a few occasions to hear him in person at conferences and at St. Andrews, the church he pastored in Sanford, Florida. He was always great to listen to and learn from, but he was, like most pastors, at his best in his own pulpit. Although he was a gifted speaker and teacher, it was his pastoral care that came through in the couple of sermons I heard at his home church. His final sermon was on Nov. 26, 2017 – just 3 weeks ago this Sunday…and his final words were these:
“I pray with all my heart that God will awaken each one of us today to the sweetness, the loveliness, the glory of the gospel declared by Christ.” – R.C. Sproul