Among the core teachings of Christianity, the virgin birth can be one of the most difficult for the human mind to accept. Yet in Luke's Gospel account, we see Mary respond in trust to the angel's mysterious message. Alistair Begg encourages us to consider the unique nature of Jesus' miraculous birth in the context of His divine mission and to respond, like Mary, in simple faith.
After years of prophetic silence, God announced the birth of John the Baptist to one faithful couple. As Alistair Begg explains, the announcement illustrates the mystery of God's work throughout history. The events surrounding the birth of Jesus remind us that the providence of God can be seen at work in ordinary events, both good and bad.
God's design is that the local church matures as individuals exercise their gifts for the good of the whole. In this message from Romans 12, Alistair Begg points out that the encouragement to use our gifts comes with a necessary warning to avoid pride. We must use whatever gifts God has given us in humility so that the Church will be built up to the glory of God.
Although our hearts naturally praise the things we value, thanksgiving – the giving of thanks – is a choice: we choose what we are thankful for, and we choose to whom we are thankful. In this message, Alistair Begg encourages us to choose to give thanks every day to the Lord, both because He is God and because He is good.
Wonderful Counselor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father. Prince of Peace. These words from the prophecy of Isaiah are familiar to many, but have you taken the time to consider who it is that they describe? In this series of messages from Isaiah 9, Alistair Begg takes us on a journey to the heart of the Christmas narrative. It is not sentimental, irrelevant, or superficial. The incarnation of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of God’s plans and purposes in redemption. The season of Advent provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the Lord Jesus as all that Isaiah anticipated. He is ...
The Bible’s power to change us stems from the fact that it is God’s Word, spoken by Him and absolutely trustworthy. Simply agreeing with this fact is not enough, though - in order to hear God speak, we must read His Word. In this message, Alistair Begg encourages us to read the Scriptures prayerfully every day and apply what we learn, allowing the Word to do its work in our hearts.
The death of Jesus was an act of great injustice, but the Bible tells us that it also happened according to the plan and purpose of God. In this message, Alistair Begg examines the crucifixion in light of the doctrine of providence from the perspective of God the Father, the Lord Jesus, and the human participants. Although it is a mystery that we cannot fully understand, the injustice of the crucifixion accomplished God’s plan from eternity to demonstrate the breadth of His love by redeeming sinners.
Paul commanded Timothy, his protégé, to hold to the Bible alone in his ministry, relying on its power to do God’s work. In this message, Alistair Begg expresses the same concern and provides some examples of what can happen when church leaders lack this commitment to the truth of Scripture. When we truly believe the Bible, its teachings impact both our beliefs and our behavior – how we think and what we do.
Are our lives determined by fate or chance? Did God create the universe and then step aside to watch history unfold from a distance? In this message, Alistair Begg challenges us to consider that according to the Bible, the details of our lives actually unfold within the providence of God. He is working in every circumstance – good and bad – for His glory. The Christian can take comfort in the knowledge that all of our days unfold in the care of our loving Father.
What do Christians mean when we say that the Bible is “profitable” for life? Alistair Begg challenges us to consider that because when the Bible speaks, God speaks, His Word is both powerful and beneficial. Scripture brings the light of the Gospel to dark minds, empowers God’s people to battle sin, and strengthens the afflicted in times of need.