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God's Pattern for Marriage, Part Two

God's Pattern for Marriage, Part Two

added January 13, 2012
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scripture Colossians 3:18
topics Biblical Womanhood, Marriage
type Sermon
id 1072

Wives submit to your husbands. This portion of Scripture is greatly misunderstood by both men and women. Did God create a wife to be inferior to her husband? Join us as Alistair teaches from Paul's letter defining the true meaning of God's instruction.

The Biblical Pattern for Husbands, Part One

The Biblical Pattern for Husbands, Part One

added January 13, 2012
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scripture Colossians 3:18-19
topics Biblical Manhood, Marriage
type Sermon
id 1075

As a husband, a man is to love his wife and be the head of the family. Love is not an emotion or feeling that goes away over time. Love is realistic, sacrificial, purposeful, and where one willfully loves without conditions. Join us for part one in a message titled The Biblical Pattern For Husbands as Alistair expounds on biblical principles and provide a comparison to today’s cultural standards for husbands

The Biblical Pattern for Husbands, Part Two

The Biblical Pattern for Husbands, Part Two

added January 13, 2012
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scripture Colossians 3:19
topics Biblical Manhood, Marriage
type Sermon
id 1078

Men tend to build up walls that no one can penetrate and believe they need to be a rock and an island. These actions can render to a wife a lack of consideration and communication. So how do men keep their marriage from decaying and becoming insensitive, non-romantic, with no communication? Join us for part two of The Biblical Pattern For Husbands as we turn to scripture for a self-examination that is of paramount importance for every husband and future groom to be.

The Biblical Pattern for Children

The Biblical Pattern for Children

added January 13, 2012
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scripture Colossians 3:20
topic Parenting
type Sermon
id 1080

Teenagers (and children of all ages) have questions that today's adults did not experience in the past. Facing a crisis of understanding who they are, children are crying out for someone to say "stop" and put up parameters. Gather your children and join us for teaching on the instruction and incentive every teenager needs.

The Biblical Pattern for Fathers

The Biblical Pattern for Fathers

added January 13, 2012
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scripture Colossians 3:21
topic Parenting
type Sermon
id 1081

A child's favorite Bible verse may be "Fathers do not embitter your children". The father's task of raising a child can be difficult. How can a father keep his children from becoming frustrated, feeling unwanted and becoming embittered? Join us as Pastor Begg provides thought provoking insight regarding the key to turning discouragement into encouragement.

Homosexuality, a Biblical Perspective

Homosexuality, a Biblical Perspective

added January 13, 2012
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scripture Romans 1:18-32
topics Biblical Manhood, Biblical Womanhood, Sexuality
type Sermon
id 1086

The topic of homosexuality can quickly stir debate. And while the nature of homosexuality as a socially acceptable “norm” is equally the source of widely diverse views, God’s Word provides definitive answers to questions about intimate relationships, and God’s intended design for life-long partnerships. Listen as Alistair interprets the clear teaching the Bible offers on homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle.

Introduction and Greeting

Introduction and Greeting

preached January 29, 1984
added January 9, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:1-2
topics Faith, Grace, Thanksgiving
type Sermon
id 1019

Paul introduces himself as an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God. The words Paul writes are not merely the opinion of the great missionary but are the authoritative words of God. Here, Paul proclaims his testimony with his heart. In this message, we are challenged to test our own passion for the Gospel – “Do we have a testimony? Can we define our lives before and after we understood that Christ died for our salvation?”

Friendship

Friendship

preached May 20, 1984
added September 3, 2011
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scripture Proverbs 18:24
type Sermon
id 1045
One Thing You Lack

One Thing You Lack

preached August 28, 2011
added August 29, 2011
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scripture Mark 10:17-22
topics Gospel, Salvation
type Sermon
id 2825

In Mark 10:17, a sincere young man asked a very good question: "What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus responded by lovingly challenging the man to turn away from the idol that held his allegiance. The kingdom of God presents everyone with the same challenge. Will we submit to Christ's kingly rule? Or, like this young man, will we hear the gospel and go away sad because our allegiance is elsewhere?

Getting the Holy Spirit in Focus, Part Nine

Getting the Holy Spirit in Focus, Part Nine

preached April 8, 1984
added August 27, 2011
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topics Holy Spirit, Obedience
type Sermon
id 1036

The nature of spiritual gifts are often misunderstood, but the Bible provides some clear direction on the purpose and bestowal of these gifts that are given to build up the church. Rather than being something that we can pick and choose for ourselves, they are truly given as gifts from God.

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

preached April 22, 1984
added August 27, 2011
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scripture Matthew 28:1-10
type Sermon
id 1038
The Best is Yet to Come

The Best is Yet to Come

preached April 29, 1984
added August 27, 2011
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scripture Philippians 3:20-21
type Sermon
id 1040
Life In The Spirit

Life In The Spirit

added August 24, 2011
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scripture Romans 8
topics Assurance of Salvation, Faith, Gospel, Jesus Christ, Redemption, Salvation
type Series
id 26301

“What now?” That’s a fair question not only for those who are beginning their walk with Christ, but for Christians at any point along the way. As we struggle with sin, endure persecution, and confront suffering, we may wonder how all of these things fit into God’s plan of salvation. We may even wonder how - or if - God is still at work. In this series of sermons from Romans 8 by Alistair Begg, we are reminded that God’s Spirit empowers the Christian life from beginning to end as the persevering love of God holds those who belong to ...

If Anyone Would Come After Me, He Must...Learn to Pray

If Anyone Would Come After Me, He Must...Learn to Pray

preached October 16, 1983
added August 21, 2011
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scripture Luke 11:1-13
topics Character of God, Dependence on God, Prayer
type Sermon
id 1005

What does it mean to call God "Father"? Jesus teaches us a prayer, and to pray. In doing this, he invites us "higher up, and deeper in" to the relationship we were created for.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

preached April 1, 1984
added August 20, 2011
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scripture Matthew 18:21-35
type Sermon
id 1034
Like a Little Child

Like a Little Child

preached August 14, 2011
added August 15, 2011
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scripture Mark 10:13-16
topics Faith, Gospel
type Sermon
id 2824

The picture of Jesus welcoming little children is familiar to many. But is there more to this story than the example of Jesus' kindness? In this study of Mark 10:13-18, we learn an important lesson about the kingdom of God: it belongs to the weak, helpless, and unimportant.

Getting the Holy Spirit in Focus, Part Six

Getting the Holy Spirit in Focus, Part Six

preached March 4, 1984
added August 13, 2011
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scripture 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
topics Holy Spirit, Regeneration
type Sermon
id 1027

The ministry of the Holy Spirit is in total unity with the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The two great gifts, which Christ gives to His people, deal with the removal of sin and the bestowing of or the baptizing with the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Spirit is an unifying factor of all believers immediately at their conversion. To use the terminology 'baptism by the Spirit' as a post-conversion experience is not biblical theology, it actually leads to chaos and divisions. To live a Spirit-filled life is normal for the christian, it's obligatory not optional.

Preaching the Gospel from Acts

Preaching the Gospel from Acts

preached November 17, 2010
added June 2, 2011
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topics Gospel, Preaching
type Sermon
id 0157

Alistair takes an audience of pastors and leaders through a dramatic scene in Acts 26. Drawing from the details of the text, he points to the clarity and conviction of the Apostle Paul’s faith as Paul stands trial before his accusers. Likewise, Alistair encourages those in pastoral ministry to be clear, speak with authority and to convey the message of the Gospel with a sense of urgency.

About Times and Dates, Part One

About Times and Dates, Part One

preached May 22, 2011
added May 23, 2011
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scripture 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
topics Faith, Second Coming of Christ
type Sermon
id 2812

Confusion about the second coming of Christ provides an opportunity for Christians to be reminded about what the Bible teaches. In 1 Thessalonians 4, Paul wrote to encourage the church with the certain hope that Jesus will return, and that those who are in Christ will be with him forever.

About Times and Dates, Part Two

About Times and Dates, Part Two

preached May 22, 2011
added May 23, 2011
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scripture 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
topics Christian Living, Faith, Second Coming of Christ
type Sermon
id 2813

As 1 Thessalonians continues, the Apostle Paul addresses believers' questions about the Judgement Day of the Lord. Rather than charting dates and developing pet theories, the key is knowing who we are in Christ - allowing our identity as "children of light" to influence our actions and the way we live.

Basics 2011

Basics 2011

added May 16, 2011
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topics The Bible, Church Leadership, The Church, Leadership
type Series
id 23511

Each year, our return to the basics provides us with the opportunity and privilege to gather together as partners in the Gospel and to renew our passion for preaching God’s Word. This year, we are glad to put our focus on one of the core tenets of our pastoral ministry – doing the work of an evangelist. As Charles Spurgeon reminds us, “Cling to the great truth of electing love and divine sovereignty, but let not these bind you in fetters when, in the power of the Holy Spirit, you become fishers of men.” We pray that our hearts, minds, ...

Jesus as Evangelist, Part One

Jesus as Evangelist, Part One

preached May 10, 2011
added May 13, 2011
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scripture John 3:1-21
topics Evangelism, Jesus Christ
type Sermon
id 2809

Pastor Alistair Begg launched this year's Basics Conference, "do the work of an evangelist...", with a clear exposition of Jesus' well known encounter with Nicodemus in John 3. As Jesus steps onto the stage of human history, he wastes no time in elucidating what his purpose is: Repent and believe the good news! Whether preaching the gospel to a crowd on a mount or sharing the message of the gospel in a one-on-one encounter, Jesus always is aiming for more than just a renovation of character. Jesus preaches the good news about a new birth!

Letting Mark's Gospel Tell the Gospel

Letting Mark's Gospel Tell the Gospel

added May 13, 2011
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scripture Mark
topics Evangelism, Gospel
type Sermon
id GS979

With passion and conviction, Rico Tice shares from Mark's gospel and 2 Corinthians 4 how to preach the gospel. With so many false gospels permeating the church, it is crucial now more than ever to know how to share the gospel. Rico reminds us that we preach Christ, but that it is God who opens blind eyes. As one goes through the gospel of Mark it is clear with each passing story that Jesus must be more than a teacher, carpenter, prophet, or good person--Jesus must be the Son of God!

The Medium and the Message, Part One

The Medium and the Message, Part One

added May 13, 2011
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scripture Philippians 1:1-18
topic Evangelism
type Sermon
id GS980

Each person is molded and shaped by his particular environment, culture and upbringing. While each person is a citizen in their given country, John Dickson goes to Paul's letter to the Philippians to show how important it is for the believer to live as a citizen of heaven. Coining his own word, Dickson maintains that the gospel is a part of being "re-citizenized". It is because of this that Dickson notes that there's something about knowing you are minority in an opposing empire that motivates one to evangelism.

Evangelism and Holiness

Evangelism and Holiness

added May 13, 2011
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scripture Mark 9-10
topics Christian Living, Leadership
type Sermon
id GS981

So often it is easy to get the gospel message wrong; to lose one of the components of identity, mission and call will lead to disastrous consequences. Rico compellingly takes the listener to Mark 9 and 10 where we have an extended insight into the human thinking of the disciples. Eager to gain power and adulation, the disciple's desire for human greatness was so clearly antithetical to the gospel message Jesus was seeking to proclaim. The message Jesus was presenting was a series of choices: self-seeking or sacrifice, power or service, security or suffering?

The Medium and the Message, Part Two

The Medium and the Message, Part Two

added May 13, 2011
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scripture Philippians 1-2
topics Christian Living, Evangelism, Ministry
type Sermon
id GS982

Continuing the teaching from Paul in Philippians, John Dickson preaches what it truly means to be a citizen of heaven. The call, the character and the effects of living like people who are destined for heaven is not a calling for the fainthearted. The gospel we proclaim is for people to "sabotage" the empire they live in through service and suffering, true humility. No one has been an example of this better than our Savior, Jesus Christ. Humility was a shameful word in the first century, and yet Christ rescues the word from ignominy to become the highest call for ...

Panel Question Time

Panel Question Time

added May 13, 2011
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topics Church Leadership, Preaching
type Sermon
id GS983

Listen in as Pastors Begg, Dickson and Tice answer questions from this year’s Basics attendees ranging from the teaching of the congregation for evangelism to the training of young men who desire to become pastors.

Jesus as Evangelist, Part Two

Jesus as Evangelist, Part Two

preached May 10, 2011
added May 13, 2011
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scripture John 4:1-42
topics Evangelism, Jesus Christ
type Sermon
id 2810

It's not every day that you get to see a master evangelist at work, and yet John's gospel has recorded for us a timeless account between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Closing out this year's Basics Conference, Alistair Begg shows us Jesus compassionately and thoughtfully sharing with a racial and social outcast. Knowing that every encounter we have as individuals takes place in the grand sweep of God's providence, Jesus uses an everyday encounter and conversation to expose the true needs of the woman's heart.

Guard Your Freedom, Part One

Guard Your Freedom, Part One

preached May 27, 1984
added September 17, 2011
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scripture Colossians 2:16-23
type Sermon
id 1047
The Problem of Pride

The Problem of Pride

preached May 27, 1984
added September 17, 2011
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scripture Luke 18:9-14, Proverbs 16:18
topic Pride & Humility
type Sermon
id 1048

Thinking well of oneself is one of the highest values in our society. Our schools and counseling programs burgeon with programs to help people in this area. So why does the Bible treat it as a problem? Is it an asset, or our most pervasive and subtle enemy?

Fatherly Advice from a Friend

Fatherly Advice from a Friend

preached June 3, 1984
added September 17, 2011
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scripture Proverbs 4:1-27
type Sermon
id 1049
Guard Your Freedom, Part Two

Guard Your Freedom, Part Two

preached June 3, 1984
added September 17, 2011
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scripture Colossians 2:16-23, Romans 14:1-23
type Sermon
id 1050
Not So With You

Not So With You

preached September 11, 2011
added September 12, 2011
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scripture Mark 10:32-45
topics Christian Living, Gospel, Jesus Christ, Pride and Humility
type Sermon
id 2827

How would you have responded to Jesus' revelation that he was going to Jerusalem to lay down his life? With adoration and awe? It's far more likely that we would all respond just like the disciples did - with selfish concern for our own interests. This study in Mark 10:32-32 confronts our pride with the truth that believers in Christ are called to live differently, and challenges the Church to let go of status and privilege for the sake of the gospel.

A Ransom For Many

A Ransom For Many

preached September 11, 2011
added September 12, 2011
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scripture Mark 10:45
topics Atonement, Salvation
type Sermon
id 2828

Selfish ambition / selfless sacrifice. The contrast between the attitudes of disciples James and John and that of Jesus could not be more striking. It will take a decisive, costly sacrifice - a ransom - to set both them and us free: the atoning sacrifice Christ made on the cross.

The Rich Young Ruler

The Rich Young Ruler

preached September 4, 2011
added September 7, 2011
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scripture Mark 10:23-31
topic Gospel
type Sermon
id 2826

When Jesus told his disciples that it is difficult for the wealthy to enter the kingdom of God, he pointed to a truth that applies to everyone. From beginning to end, salvation is a work of God, not of human achievement.

Sir Oliver's Song

Sir Oliver's Song

preached May 6, 1984
added September 3, 2011
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type Sermon
id 1042

This is a message from a children's service.

The Source of Wisdom

The Source of Wisdom

preached May 13, 1984
added September 3, 2011
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scripture Proverbs 1:7
type Sermon
id 1044
Levi's Song

Levi's Song

added September 3, 2011
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scripture Mark 2:13
type Sermon
id 0160
He Took Care of It

He Took Care of It

preached March 6, 2011
added March 8, 2011
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scripture Hebrews 9:26
topics Atonement, Giving
type Sermon
id 2799

In this survey of the atoning sacrifice of Christ, we are reminded that He chose to give all that was needed to pay the penalty for sin. The cross proclaims the wonder of God's grace and the depth of His love for us.

Communicating the Exclusivity of the Gospel

Communicating the Exclusivity of the Gospel

added March 3, 2011
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scripture Romans 1:16-17
topics Ministry, Preaching
type Sermon
id 0154

Telling the truth is a tough business, especially in a culture that rejects the idea of truth as that which is fixed, universal, objective, or absolute. Alistair Begg addresses a group of pastors on how to effectively communicate the exclusivity of the Gospel.

Crossing the Boundaries

Crossing the Boundaries

added March 2, 2011
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scripture John 4:1-42
topic Evangelism
type Sermon
id 0580

One of the characteristics of Jesus' ministry was his willingness to cross boundaries in order to accomplish his mission. In this message we learn how he crosses the boundaries of both race and gender in order to bring someone to God's kingdom.

Responding to Persecution, Part 1

Responding to Persecution, Part 1

preached February 27, 2011
added March 2, 2011
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scripture Romans 12:14
topic Persecution
type Sermon
id 2796

Whatever form persecution may take, it is a part of the Christian experience. In the first of a two-part study of Romans 12:14, we learn that the Christian response isn’t retaliation or revenge, but earnestly seeking God’s blessing for those who persecute us.

Responding to Persecution, Part 2

Responding to Persecution, Part 2

preached February 27, 2011
added March 2, 2011
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scripture Romans 12:14
topic Persecution
type Sermon
id 2797

How can we “bless those who persecute us?” By remembering God’s love and mercy to us, and by depending on the Holy Spirit’s power, we can pray for their salvation.

Divine Righteousness Applied

Divine Righteousness Applied

preached February 20, 2011
added February 22, 2011
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scripture Romans 12:11
topic Christian Living
type Sermon
id 2794

Because our salvation - past, present, and future - is a gift from God, we do not approach biblical commands as an external code of behavior. Rather, God's grace works in our lives to create an atmosphere of holiness and love that emerge from within.

Love in Action

Love in Action

preached February 20, 2011
added February 22, 2011
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scripture Romans 12:11-13
topic Christian Living
type Sermon
id 2795

Christ's gift of righteousness enables us to respond with good deeds that put love into action. In this study of Romans 12:11-13, we are encouraged to live lives marked by enthusiasm, patience, and generosity.

Who Should I Marry?

Who Should I Marry?

preached February 9, 2011
added February 15, 2011
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scripture Genesis 24:1-66
topics Friendship, Marriage
type Sermon
id 2784

One of the most important decisions we make is in our choice of a spouse. Choosing an appropriate mate takes more than finding an attractive package, and the Bible provides the best advice for those who are considering the possibility of marriage. Hear how the lessons of an Old Testament betrothal are practical and relevant for the 21st Century dating scene, and learn some valuable principles to help you make the right choice.

Divine King

Divine King

preached March 5, 2009
added April 15, 2011
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scripture John 12:12-19
topics Character of God, Evangelism, Faith, Jesus Christ, Kingdom of God
type Sermon
id 2792
Lamb on the Throne

Lamb on the Throne

preached March 6, 2009
added April 15, 2011
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scripture Revelation 5
topics Character of God, Dependence on God, Heaven/Hell, Jesus Christ, Sanctification
type Sermon
id 2793
The Widow's Offering

The Widow's Offering

preached April 10, 2011
added April 11, 2011
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scripture Mark 12:41-44
topics Giving, Money
type Sermon
id 2804

God doesn't need our resources to establish His kingdom, but He gives us the privilege of using what we have for His purposes. In this study from Mark 12, we meet a woman who illustrates through her sacrificial giving what it means to be "all in" for the cause of Christ.

What is a Gospel Centered Church?

What is a Gospel Centered Church?

added April 4, 2011
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scripture Colossians 3:1-17
topics Ministry, Preaching
type Sermon
id 0155

Alistair Begg addresses a group of pastors with a message of reminder.... that a gospel centered church is marked by having its identity grounded in the work of Christ, its unity marked by the love of Christ, and its activity taking place in the name of Christ.

No Retaliation!

No Retaliation!

preached March 27, 2011
added March 29, 2011
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scripture Romans 12:17-18
topic Christian Living
type Sermon
id 2803

The desire for revenge is natural. But those who are in Christ are called to think differently. Join us in learning from this study in Romans 12:17-18 that responding to those who injure and oppose us is an opportunity to live out our faith in a way that is practical, principled, and public.

Truth For Life

Truth For Life

preached March 20, 2011
added March 23, 2011
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scripture Romans 12:15-16
topic Christian Living
type Sermon
id 2802

What would we see in a church family that is shaped by grace? In this passage in Romans 12 we learn that we should see sympathy, harmony and humility being expressed in our relationships.

It All Belongs to Him, Part Two

It All Belongs to Him, Part Two

preached March 13, 2011
added March 14, 2011
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scripture 1 Chronicles 29:1-20
topic Giving
type Sermon
id 2800

Giving ourselves wholeheartedly to the cause of Christ requires a change of mind. Join us as we continue a study in 1 Chronicles 29, where we learn that Christian giving is motivated by thinking properly about God, ourselves, our resources, our attitude toward giving, and the future.

The Danger of Distraction

The Danger of Distraction

preached February 13, 2011
added March 9, 2011
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scripture Acts 6:1-7
topics Leadership, Ministry
type Sermon
id 2801

What prevents us from making the best choices? Many of the times, it's not by choosing the worst option, but by selecting merely the good choice. A church can fall into this same dilemma and by doing so, dilute the effectiveness of its ministry. Hear how to make wise choices as we study an incident from the early church records in Acts.

It All Belongs to Him, Part One

It All Belongs to Him, Part One

preached March 6, 2011
added March 8, 2011
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scripture 1 Chronicles 29:1-20
topics Christian Living, Giving
type Sermon
id 2798

Because all of everything belongs to God, our privilege as believers is to give all that we are to God's work of bringing unbelieving people to faith in His Son.

Who is Jesus Christ?, Part One

Who is Jesus Christ?, Part One

preached March 4, 1984
added February 8, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:15-20
topics Jesus Christ, Redemptive History, Trinity
type Sermon
id 1026

Paul makes a point to clarify for the Colossians precisely who Jesus is – the image of the invisible God. If we want to know the nature of God, we need to look only to Christ. Paul describes Jesus as the firstborn over all Creation, a reference to position, not time. Jesus is the Creator and before all things, a fact that emphasizes both His pre-existence and His eternal existence. Finally, in Christ, all things hold together in the universe, a fact that should bring great confidence to all believers.

Who Is Jesus? Part One

Who Is Jesus? Part One

preached December 4, 1994
added January 30, 2012
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topics Character of God, Jesus Christ, Sovereignty of God
type Sermon
id 1764

Christmas brings with it some of our favorite traditions, activities and music. But the season can also raise questions about our faith and the role of Jesus in our lives. Alistair Begg tackles the perplexing questions surrounding Christmas.

Who is Jesus Christ?, Part One

Who is Jesus Christ?, Part One

preached October 6, 1985
added January 30, 2012
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scripture John 1:1-18
topics Gospel, Jesus Christ, Word of God
type Sermon
id 1146

Jesus of Nazareth is the incarnation of God, the creator of the universe. John makes this staggering claim right at the beginning of his Gospel by using the Word. Understanding this fundamental truth is a stepping-stone on the pathway of Christian faith.

The Friendship Factor, Part Two

The Friendship Factor, Part Two

added January 27, 2012
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scripture Colossians 4:10-14
type Sermon
id 1100
The Work of Christ

The Work of Christ

preached February 10, 1985
added January 27, 2012
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scripture 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
topic The Cross
type Sermon
id 1101

Man’s moral dilemma did not take God by surprise. Before time began Jesus made a covenant with His Father to save His people from their sins. What Jesus did in life and in death actually accomplished something. Christ was a substitute and bore the wrath of God in place of sinners. The punishment that we deserved was put upon Christ. We can now be free from the guilt of sin if we believe in this amazing work.

A Call to Faithfulness

A Call to Faithfulness

preached February 17, 1985
added January 27, 2012
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scripture Colossians 4:15-18
topics Church Leadership, Leadership
type Sermon
id 1102

The cause of Jesus Christ moves forward by means of the combined efforts of church leaders, who are in the public eye, and countless unseen, but equally crucial helpers, working together under the direction and grace of God. In Colossians 4:15-18, Apostle Paul closes his letter to the believers of Colosse by urging them to continue in their commitment to complete the work entrusted to them by God. Discover why faithfulness, not success, is the priority of effective, biblical ministries.

Keys to Spiritual Fitness, Part One

Keys to Spiritual Fitness, Part One

preached February 24, 1985
added January 27, 2012
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scripture James 1:19-27
topic Faith
type Sermon
id 1104

It is impossible to become physically fit by merely reading a book about exercise or listening to excellent advice from a fitness expert; rather, it is imperative that we apply the knowledge gained and actually DO the necessary work of dieting and exercising. Similarly, we cannot become spiritually fit by simply reading the Bible or sitting under excellent preaching of the Word; rather, we must earnestly apply what we are learning to our lives and DO what Scripture calls us to do. In James 1:18-21, we learn how to live a transformed life that builds faith and avoids spiritual atrophy ...

Conversing with God and with Men, Part One

Conversing with God and with Men, Part One

preached January 6, 1985
added January 20, 2012
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scripture Colossians 4:2-6
topic Prayer
type Sermon
id 1092

Prayer is not an emotional experience but a duty. A devoted prayer life teaches one how to talk to God about people and how to talk to people about God. In prayer one needs to be still and listen as they come to know God. Addressing the marks of devotion of being watchful and thankful, Pastor Begg turns to the letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians instructing the church how to pray by applying one's self whole heartedly.

Murrieta Listener Event

Murrieta Listener Event

preached November 17, 2011
added November 17, 2011
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scripture Acts 2:22-36
topics Christ's Resurrection, Jesus Christ, Redemptive History
type Sermon
id 2847

Thanks to the focus of Christmas and Easter at churches many people remember that Jesus was born and that He died... but if it weren't for His resurrection, a very important part of redemptive history would be ineffective. Hear why this is a necessary event, and the relevance that it has to us today.

Render to Caesar...

Render to Caesar...

preached November 13, 2011
added November 14, 2011
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scripture Mark 12:13-17
topics Jesus Christ, Kingdom of God
type Sermon
id 2841

"Why do you keep playing games with Jesus?" That's the issue that confronted those who questioned Jesus about paying taxes to Caesar and the issue that faces us today. In this study from Mark 12:13-17, we learn that Christ's kingdom takes precedence over every other kingdom and every agenda that we have.

The Preaching of the Word of God

The Preaching of the Word of God

added December 1, 2011
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scripture 2 Timothy 4:1-5
type Sermon
id 0164
Not Far From the Kingdom

Not Far From the Kingdom

added November 28, 2011
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scripture Mark 12:28-34
topics Gospel, Kingdom of God
type Sermon
id 2845

How close is close enough when it comes to the kingdom of God? In this study from Mark 12:28-34, we learn that knowing true things about God and understanding his law isn't enough. Unless our religion shows us our need for God, it will actually keep us from him.

The Sadducees Question, Part Two

The Sadducees Question, Part Two

preached November 20, 2011
added November 21, 2011
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scripture Mark 12:18-27
topics Heaven/Hell, Jesus Christ, Marriage
type Sermon
id 2844

As Jesus responds to the Sadducees in Mark 12, He shows how the very scriptures they believe hold proof of the resurrection. Knowing God's power and the truth of the Bible will give us a correct view of the believer's future in heaven.

Worth-ship

Worth-ship

preached November 13, 2011
added November 13, 2011
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scripture Colossians 3:16
topics The Church, Worship
type Sermon
id 2842

Why do Christians sing when we gather for worship? Our music allows us to participate together in praising our great God and edifying one another in the faith. As we build on the worship patterns of believers in the past, we are creating patterns of our own for generations yet to come.

The Sadducees Question, Part One

The Sadducees Question, Part One

preached November 20, 2011
added November 21, 2011
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scripture Mark 12:18-27
topics Jesus Christ, Marriage, Word of God
type Sermon
id 2843

In Mark 12:18-27, the Sadducees take their turn trying to catch Jesus in his words. Jesus' response revealed that, like those who had come before, their cynicism was founded on a spiritual problem: they did not believe their own scriptures or understand the power of God.

Costa Mesa Listener Event

Costa Mesa Listener Event

preached November 16, 2011
added November 16, 2011
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scripture Acts 1, Luke 24:51-53
topics Jesus Christ, Redemptive History
type Sermon
id 2846

A neglected essential in the realm of Christian teaching is an understanding of Christ's ascension to heaven. Hear why this is a necessary event, and the relevance that it has to us today.

Living the Risen Life

Living the Risen Life

preached June 24, 1984
added October 1, 2011
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scripture Colossians 3:1-4
topic Christian Living
type Sermon
id 1055

Ask people to define what being a Christian means and you would get varying answers. Christianity is not a lifestyle but is being united with Christ and hidden in Him. Before one can live as a Christian, they must first truly come to know Christ. Paul writes to the Colossian church informing them to look up, not inward, and to set their hearts on things above. Seeking to live a life worthy of the call one has received provides evidence one is in Christ.

Guard Your Freedom, Part Three

Guard Your Freedom, Part Three

preached June 10, 1984
added October 1, 2011
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scripture Colossians 2:16-23
topics Faith, False Teaching, Jesus Christ, Pride and Humility
type Sermon
id 1052

If we hear someone boasting about mystical experiences they have had, how do we respond? In Colossians 2:18-19, Paul confronts false teaching that judges the faith of others, based on mysticism. God can and does act in our lives supernaturally; however, our faith must be based on Christ – His work and His word – not on our experiences.

Orlando Listener Event

Orlando Listener Event

preached September 22, 2011
added September 26, 2011
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scripture Mark 1:35-2:12
topics Forgiveness, Restoration
type Sermon
id 2830

What do a leper and a paraplegic have in common? In this story from the Gospel Mark about an encounter with Jesus, both men were in need of healing, both in body and in spirit. According to Jesus, the need for forgiveness is greater than for physical healing, and as it was for those two men, so it is for us.

If Anyone Would Come After Me, He Must...Seek His Kingdom

If Anyone Would Come After Me, He Must...Seek His Kingdom

preached October 23, 1983
added September 26, 2011
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scripture Luke 12:13-31
topics Christian Living, Money
type Sermon
id 1006

In what does your life consist? A man has come to Rabbi Jesus with an apparently reasonable request: to resolve a family dispute about inheritance, hopefully in his favor. Jesus responds by challenging him, and us, to re-orient our entire way of thinking about material things.

"I Want to See"

"I Want to See"

preached September 18, 2011
added September 19, 2011
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scripture Mark 10:46-52
topic Gospel
type Sermon
id 2829

When Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, cried out to Jesus for mercy, Jesus' followers rebuked him. In this study of Mark 10:46-52, we learn that Bartimaeus wasn't the only blind person with Jesus that day. His healing demonstrated that everyone is blind before God gives spiritual sight.

Mark My Words

Mark My Words

preached June 17, 1984
added October 1, 2011
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scripture Proverbs 15:1-33
topic Power/Effects of Sin
type Sermon
id 1053

Reckless words pierce like a sword and quickly spread like a scorching fire. Many times we may speak without thinking, causing someones feelings to be devastated. How many reputations have been ruined by a whisper? Jesus tells us that "man will give an account on the day of judgement for every careless word they have spoken". Join us as we look to God's Word and gain insight to help us think before we speak.

A Scheming Heart

A Scheming Heart

preached June 10, 1984
added October 1, 2011
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scripture Genesis 37:12-36
topics Christian Living, Jesus Christ, Sin
type Sermon
id 1051

Have you ever experienced a family feud? Misguided affection for someone? Have you ever hurled insults like a sharp edged stone at those you love or betrayed someone for personal gain? The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart. Join us as we look at Joseph, David, Stephen and Judas and realize our need for spiritual open heart surgery.

Naaman's Cure

Naaman's Cure

preached January 23, 2011
added September 24, 2011
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scripture 2 Kings 5:1-14
type Sermon
id 0161
Fellowship and Freedom

Fellowship and Freedom

preached May 20, 1984
added September 17, 2011
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scripture Colossians 2:11-15
topics Baptism, Forgiveness, Jesus Christ
type Sermon
id 1046

What is circumcision? Do you have uncircumcised lips and ears? Paul reminds the Colossian church that circumcision is performed by Christ, not by man and explains what baptism means. After coming to faith, believers are baptized as a symbol of one dying with Christ. The old has gone and the new has come and we have freedom in Christ. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, as Jesus came and fulfilled the Law and turned the cross into a picture of triumph as the final destruction of evil.

WTLN Pastors Appreciation Brunch

WTLN Pastors Appreciation Brunch

preached September 22, 2011
added October 1, 2011
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scripture 2 Timothy 4:1-8
topic Preaching
type Sermon
id 2835

Being a pastor is a high and holy calling, but it is rife with both blessings and challenges. The call to preachers both now and into the future is to hold steady in teaching the Gospel.

Guard Your Freedom, Part Four

Guard Your Freedom, Part Four

preached June 17, 1984
added October 1, 2011
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scripture Colossians 2:20-23
topic False Teaching
type Sermon
id 1054

Can we gain holiness by honoring man-made rules and regulations with regards to the church? The Apostle Paul sent to the Colossian church a warning to beware of false teachers and false religion. What happens when the world cannot do without religion yet rejects the truth of Jesus Christ and creates a religion of its own? The Scriptures urge us to be holy, but are we going about it the wrong way? Martin Luther came to the understanding “The just shall live by faith” and left the religion of sight and moved to grace and faith. Join us as Alistair ...

Alive In Christ, Volume 1

Alive In Christ, Volume 1

added January 9, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:1-2:10
topics Christian Living, The Church, Faith, False Teaching, Gospel, Grace, Jesus Christ, Ministry, Obedience, Patience, Prayer, Sanctification, Thanksgiving, Trinity
type Series
id 15101DL

The challenge for today’s churches to remain rooted in the truth of the Gospel is not new. In fact, the church in Colossae during the days of the Apostle Paul was influenced by many worldly falsehoods, including superstition, mythology and even simple error in doctrinal translation. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul imposes two key messages which are as applicable today as they were then. First, he re-confirms that all things were created and hold together through Jesus Christ and that we must walk with Him and hold steadfast to our faith in His saving power. Paul then provides ...

Spiritual Decline and Recovery

Spiritual Decline and Recovery

added January 7, 2012
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scripture Hosea 14:1
topic Backsliding
type Sermon
id 1066

Our love for God can be like the morning mist – we see it and then suddenly it is gone. Believers sometimes lose touch with God or drift away from Him. When one sins, it appears we are in Christ one week and out the next and we become rattled and seek assurance of His love. Our assurance is that once in Christ we are in Him forever. So how do we stay in touch with God in a vital way that transforms our thinking and acting? Join us as Alistair teaches on Hosea 14:1 and reflects on how all ...

Focus on Faith, Part One

Focus on Faith, Part One

added January 7, 2012
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scripture Hebrews 11:1-7
topic Faith
type Sermon
id 1067

Many people may not understand spiritual faith and chose a life without God. Regardless of your individual belief of God everyone has faith in something. When we drink water we have faith that it is pure and will not harm us. So how is spiritual faith different than the faith we put in things daily like drinking water? Join us as Alistair provides insight regarding what true faith is.

Encounter with Christ

Encounter with Christ

added January 7, 2012
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scripture Mark 10:46-52
topics Dependence on God, Jesus Christ
type Sermon
id 1068

Loneliness is a realistic situation for many people. Where can we turn when we feel helplessness or hopelessness? What happens when we yearn to cry out? Join us as Alistair discusses a poor wretched blind beggar with striking similarities that many can relate too.

Focus on Faith, Part Two

Focus on Faith, Part Two

added January 7, 2012
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scripture Hebrews 11:1-7
topic Apologetics
type Sermon
id 1069

When the question of how we were created is raised, the discussion turns to science and faith. If our understanding of creation comes by faith, what part does science and philosophy play? If our understanding of creation comes from science, what part does our faith play? Join us as Pastor Begg provides valuable insight to these important questions.

God's Pattern for Marriage, Part One

God's Pattern for Marriage, Part One

added January 7, 2012
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scripture Colossians 3:18
topic Marriage
type Sermon
id 1071

Marriage and family life are active discussion topics in today's world. Secular viewpoints continue to press for the destruction of the traditional family. What was once considered living in sin is becoming accepted by society. Our internal confusion and external confrontations with regards to the pattern for marriage and family life can lead to a lack of confidence in what one believes. Listen today as Alistair Begg begins part one on these relevant and paramount topics.

Prophet, Priest, King

Prophet, Priest, King

preached January 1, 2012
added January 4, 2012
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scripture Hebrews 1:1-4
topics Character of God, Jesus Christ
type Sermon
id 2855

Understanding the breadth of Christ's finished work is essential for the Christian life. This study in Hebrews 1 reminds us that Jesus is the Prophet who revealed God finally and fully, the Priest who reconciled lost people to God by sacrificing himself, and the triumphant King who reigns over all that he has made.

A Canticle

A Canticle

preached December 25, 2011
added December 26, 2011
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scripture Luke 1:46-55
topics Christ's Birth, Gospel, Kingdom of God, Love of God
type Sermon
id 2854

The Magnificat records Mary's response to all that God revealed to her about the child she would bear - a response that drew from all that she had learned about God and how he dealt with his people. Mary's song continues to teach us about the kingdom of God and the Savior she celebrated with reverence, humility, and eagerness to see the promises of God fulfilled.

She Will Bear a Son

She Will Bear a Son

preached December 24, 2011
added December 24, 2011
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scripture Matthew 1:18-25
topics Christ's Birth, Regeneration
type Sermon
id 2853

In this Christmas Eve sermon we pause to reflect on the real reason for the season - the Lord Jesus Christ. Who is this Child... and why has He appeared?

Make the Most of Every Opportunity

Make the Most of Every Opportunity

added February 23, 2012
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scripture Psalms 90:12
topics Assurance of Salvation, Christian Thinking, Faithfulness of God, Wisdom
type Sermon
id 2856

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.

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.

True Friendship

True Friendship

added February 23, 2012
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scripture Proverbs 18:22-24
topics Christian Thinking, Friendship, Loving Others
type Sermon
id 2858

What are the hallmarks of true friendship? How do we select close, personal relationships that strengthen our devotion to God as opposed to relationships that cause our devotion to falter? Alistair Begg navigates us through the Biblical characteristics of a true friend. Loyalty, honesty, consistency and sensitivity are all essential elements in true friendship and are all embodied in the person of Jesus Christ.

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.

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.

A Call to the Potential Drifter

A Call to the Potential Drifter

added February 23, 2012
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scripture 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
topics Assurance of Salvation, Christian Thinking, Obedience, Suffering
type Sermon
id 2862

Daily commitment and devotion are essential to our step-by-step journey toward heaven. The Apostle Paul compares our daily lives to conditioning for a marathon. Such preparation entails strain and difficulty. When we are not prepared for sacrifice, we will never know the joy of the prize. In this message on 1 Corinthians 9, Alistair Begg instructs us to not run aimlessly, but instead to run for the goal of eternal life with Christ.

Temptation

Temptation

added February 23, 2012
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scripture James 1:12-15
topics Assurance of Salvation, Christian Thinking, Obedience, Temptation
type Sermon
id 2861

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.

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.

Established and Firm

Established and Firm

preached March 18, 1984
added February 20, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:21-23
topics Jesus Christ, Patience, Redemption, Sanctification
type Sermon
id 1031

Paul reminds his readers that the relevance of “who Jesus is” is found in the personal application of one’s faith. It is futile to deal with the deep theological aspects of Jesus if we are lacking in love for Him. We are challenged in this message to pinpoint a defining moment in our lives when we have been changed through God’s grace from beyond what we once were.

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