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Marks of a God Given Ministry, Part One

Marks of a God Given Ministry, Part One

preached April 1, 1984
added February 27, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:24-29
topics The Church, False Teaching, Ministry, Preaching
type Sermon
id 1033

False spiritual leadership – those who operate under the banner of religion but who are really unconverted and un-commissioned, are of great threat to any church. The Colossian Christians were facing heresy by false teachers and Paul’s letter was purposeful in its intent to clarify the truth. Without a Gospel-centered ministry, a church risks being directed by notions and whims.

Acceptable Worship, Part Two

Acceptable Worship, Part Two

preached April 21, 1985
added February 24, 2012
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scripture Jeremiah 10:1-16
topic Worship
type Sermon
id 1118

In part two of this four-part message on acceptable worship, we learn that God is not indifferent to the object of our worship. The Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is the ONLY acceptable object of worship. God’s glory cannot be shared with idols, and must not be diminished by the use of man-made images.

Obedience

Obedience

added February 24, 2012
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scripture John 14:15-24
topic Obedience
type Sermon
id 1119

God desires absolute, total obedience from His people, not merely a ritual observance of the commandments that suit our lifestyles and personalities. In this study of John 14:15-24, we discover that our love for God is displayed in our obedience-- not as a means to salvation, but as a response to His grace in saving us. True obedience reveals itself in humility, love, and holy living, both in our homes and in our church lives. Living a life of obedience is God's work in us and results in His blessing.

The Resurrection of Christ

The Resurrection of Christ

preached April 7, 1985
added February 24, 2012
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scripture 1 Corinthians 15:1
topic Christ's Resurrection
type Sermon
id 1115

The rising of Christ from the dead is at the heart of the Christian message. The apostles did not lean on subjective experience, but objective truth in their proclamation of the resurrection. It is the fact of the resurrection that gave early believers an unmovable faith - a faith for which many died. If Jesus is not alive, our message is in vain and our lives are without hope.

Acceptable Worship, Part One

Acceptable Worship, Part One

preached April 14, 1985
added February 24, 2012
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scripture John 4:19-24
topic Worship
type Sermon
id 1116

Man was created to praise God, but there has been a steadily increasing tendency to focus on man and his needs rather than God and His glory. In part one of this four-part message, we learn why it is vital that we consider the theme of acceptable worship. Merely attending weekly services, abiding by the rules, and seeking to have our needs met is cold, empty, meaningless worship. Knowing God personally is the key to genuine worship that grants Him our undivided attention and changes our preparation for worship, as well as our expectations.

Running the Race

Running the Race

preached April 14, 1985
added February 24, 2012
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scripture Hebrews 12:1-3
topic Sanctification
type Sermon
id 1117

We who are of the faith do not quit, but continue and persevere until the end. Though we may be slowed down and battered along the way, our fate is sealed in the Lord Jesus. There are several disciplines that enable us to run the race of faith. Learn the means by which God empowers us to run and grow in the knowledge of Christ. Are you running?

Standing For Your Faith

Standing For Your Faith

added February 23, 2012
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scripture 2 Timothy 1:3-8
topics Christian Thinking, Faith, Friendship, Priorities
type Sermon
id 2863

Alistair Begg recounts his own personal experience of coming to faith in Jesus Christ. Drawing upon his youth in Scotland, England, and later, Michigan, he encourages young people to choose relationships carefully – recognizing that friendships compel us to be good or bad, but seldom neutral. In pivotal moments when peers compel us to act, it is essential to stand firm upon our knowledge that Christ died for our sins and not waiver from our faith.

The Dangers of Jealousy

The Dangers of Jealousy

added February 23, 2012
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scripture Proverbs 27:4
topics Christian Thinking, Greed, Jealousy
type Sermon
id 2859

In a world where material wealth and professional success serve as the benchmarks for happiness, jealousy invokes sadness and anger at others’ good fortune. When jealousy becomes consuming, a path of destruction and broken relationships are left in its wake. What jealousy fails to recognize, however, is that all gifts are apportioned by God according to His all-knowing wisdom. Alistair Begg teaches that jealousy is sinful, breeds a destructive spirit, and must be brought before God in repentance.

A Warning Against Laziness

A Warning Against Laziness

added February 23, 2012
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scripture Proverbs 24:23-24, Proverbs 26:13-16
topics Christian Thinking, Laziness
type Sermon
id 2857

Laziness and procrastination are two characteristics to avoid. The lure of deferring our daily responsibilities can be appealing on the surface, but as a habitual practice, laziness is sinful and can grow into a view of hopelessness toward individual achievement. Speaking at a college campus, Alistair Begg explains how laziness is sinful behavior that breeds a lifestyle of excuses and ultimately an inability to find fulfillment.

Approved By God

Approved By God

added February 23, 2012
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:15
topics Assurance of Salvation, Christian Thinking, Friendship
type Sermon
id 2860

What is our legacy? What do we leave behind? Alistair Begg directs a college student audience to Paul’s final instruction to Timothy: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved.” Each day our actions affect those around us in ways that are either helpful or harmful, encouraging or unreliable. Such conscious choices paint a canvas of the picture we ultimately leave behind. In this message, men and women are encouraged to choose their friends wisely and not to underestimate a life lived to the glory of God.

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