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A Vital Experience of God

A Vital Experience of God

preached December 31, 1995
added December 31, 1995
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scripture Genesis 32:1
topics Biblical Figures, Character of God, Dependence on God, Faith
type Sermon
id 1839

Do you have a personal relationship with God? Can you look to a point in time when, as a result of a personal encounter with Him you are no longer the person that you were? The Old Testament character Jacob had a vital experience of God that marked him for the rest of his life. Hear how this kind of watershed moment can be yours, as well.

From Riches to Less Than Rags

From Riches to Less Than Rags

preached December 24, 1995
added December 24, 1995
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scripture 2 Corinthians 8:9
topic Christian Thinking
type Sermon
id 1837
God's Grace Has Appeared

God's Grace Has Appeared

preached December 17, 1995
added December 17, 1995
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type Sermon
id 1836
Praying Properly

Praying Properly

preached December 10, 1995
added December 10, 1995
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scripture 1 Thessalonians 5:25-26
topics Dependence on God, Evangelism, Faith, Friendship, Loving Others, Obedience, Prayer
type Sermon
id 1834

Our adoption into the family of God brings the unique privilege of praying for each other’s needs. In fact, Alistair Begg shows us that there is nothing more significant that we can do for our brothers and sisters in Christ than to pray for them. When we pray in faith, and in accordance with God’s promises, we can be confident that our requests will be fulfilled.

The Priority of God's Word

The Priority of God's Word

preached December 10, 1995
added December 10, 1995
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scripture 1 Thessalonians 5:27-28
topics Inerrancy/Inspiration of the Bible, Studying the Bible, Word of God
type Sermon
id 1835

The health and growth of the Church depends on the hearing, reading, and expounding of God’s Word. Alistair Begg teaches us that understanding that all 66 books of the Bible are inherent, divinely inspired, and yet straightforward should encourage us and prompt our study. As we study the Bible, we must realize that our understanding is dependent upon God graciously opening our spiritual eyes to see the truth of the Gospel.

Sanctification

Sanctification

preached December 3, 1995
added December 5, 1995
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scripture 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
topics Character of God, Justification/Imputation of Righteousness, Sanctification
type Sermon
id 1832

Are you confused by the terms “sanctification” and “justification”? Unfortunately, many people do not understand the difference between the two and often think of their sanctification as their justification. In this sermon Alistair Begg explains that we do not have to become righteous before God declares us righteous. Instead, once we have been declared righteous God begins the process of conforming us to the image of Christ by the power of His Spirit.

The Faithfulness of God

The Faithfulness of God

preached December 3, 1995
added December 3, 1995
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scripture 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
topics Faithfulness of God, Grace of God, Love of God, Sanctification, Spiritual Warfare
type Sermon
id 1833

If you were to thumb through Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, you’d find a sentence at the end that says, “May God Himself sanctify you through and through.” Alistair Begg helps us unpack the phrase and understand both the product and the promise behind sanctification.

Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit

Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit

preached November 26, 1995
added November 26, 1995
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scripture 1 Thessalonians 5:19
topics Assurance of Salvation, Holy Spirit, Love of God, Obedience, Power/Effects of Sin
type Sermon
id 1830

How can God, who is never taken by surprise, be grieved by our actions? The Bible tells us that when we walk in an ungodly way, it is an offense against God’s love that brings sorrow to the Holy Spirit. Alistair Begg shows us that when we do this we will be deprived of the joy, assurance, and peace that should accompany our salvation.

Listening to the Word of God

Listening to the Word of God

preached November 26, 1995
added November 26, 1995
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scripture 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22
topics The Bible, Christian Thinking, False Teaching, Inerrancy/Inspiration of the Bible, Preaching, Studying the Bible, Word of God
type Sermon
id 1831

The Church is living in an age where the proclamation of God’s Word is often distorted to support beliefs that contradict the essential truths of the Christian faith. In this context, Christians have a responsibility to listen very carefully whenever the Word of God is proclaimed. Alistair Begg instructs us to test everything we hear against the bar of Scripture and to be keenly aware of religions that deny such things as the true identity of Jesus and the Gospel of free grace.

Give Thanks

Give Thanks

preached November 19, 1995
added November 19, 1995
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scripture 1 Thessalonians 5:18
topics Contentment, God's Covenants, Joy, Sorrow, Sovereignty of God, Suffering, Thanksgiving, Word of God
type Sermon
id 1829

It is easy to give thanks when everything is going smoothly, but how easy is it to give thanks when the circumstances in our life take a turn for the worse? As hard as it might be, Scripture calls us to thank God during the good times and the bad. Alistair Begg suggests that the key to having this kind of attitude is to have a firm understanding of God’s providence, believing that He controls all things according to His own purposes.

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