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Marks of a God Given Ministry, Part One

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.

Colossians 1:24-29
sku: 1033CD

Series: Alive In Christ, Volume 1


The Resurrection of Christ

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

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.


Acceptable Worship, Part Two

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.


Running the Race

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?


Obedience

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.


Standing For Your Faith

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.

2 Timothy 1:3-8
sku: 2863CD

Series: Lessons For Life, Volume 1


Temptation

Temptation is the enticement to sin and is rooted in our own evil desire. Outside forces do not compel us to engage in sinful or evil behavior, but the desire within our own hearts draws us into a disobedient realm. While the devil serves as a source of temptation, the decision to indulge in our desires is internally conceived. Alistair Begg explains that acting on temptation is an “inside job” and warns us to be vigilant against its enticement.

James 1:12-15
sku: 2861CD

Series: Lessons For Life, Volume 1


Make the Most of Every Opportunity

Contemporary influences encourage us to “live for the moment” without regard for eternal consequences. This kind of thinking is merely an illusion. The psalmist teaches us to “number our days aright” and to be mindful of using our time to gain a heart of wisdom. Speaking to a college student audience, Alistair Begg cautions against squandering opportunities and instead, remaining attentive to the ultimate relationship that exists between our mortality and sin.

Psalms 90:12
sku: 2856CD

Series: Lessons For Life, Volume 1


A Warning Against Laziness

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.

Series: Encore 2013