John opens his Gospel with the answer to this vital and relevant question. Christ is the only savior and only way to God. He is the true light witnessed to by John, unrecognized creator, unaccepted Messiah, authority in salvation, incarnate God and ultimate revelation of God. What will you do with this knowledge?
Jesus, the great I AM, is the entrance into the true Church and the way of access to God Himself. He gives to the one who comes to God by Him four choice privileges.
1. He will be saved. The fugitive entered the gate of the city of refuge and was safe. Noah entered the door of the ark and was secure. None can be lost who take Jesus as the door of faith to their souls. Entrance through Jesus into peace is the guarantee of entrance by the same door into heaven. Jesus is the only door, an open ...
It is painful to remember that to a certain degree this accusation may be laid at the door of believers, who too often are in some measure spiritually insensitive. We may well bemoan the fact that we do not hear the voice of God as we should: "You have never heard." There are gentle motions of the Holy Spirit in the soul that are unheeded by us: There are whisperings of divine command and of heavenly love that are equally unobserved by our dull minds. Sadly, we have been carelessly ignorant—"You have never known." There are spiritual matters that we ...
In introducing the study of the Gospel of John, Alistair Begg reviews the historical significance and the practical relevance of the gospels, and establishes the relationship between John's Gospel and the Synoptic Gospels (the first three books in the New Testament-- Matthew, Mark, and Luke).
Not only what is seen in the Church of God but also what is unseen is fair and precious. Foundations are out of sight, and as long as they are firm, it is not expected that they should be valuable. But in God's work everything is of the same value—nothing devalued, nothing irrelevant. The deep foundations of the work of grace are as precious as sapphires; no human mind is able to measure their glory. We build upon the covenant of grace, which is stronger than steel and as enduring as diamonds and upon which age makes no impact. Sapphire ...
Christians rightfully pay attention to the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus, but His work was not completed until He returned to the Father in glory. It is vital for believers in Christ to understand the whole plan and purpose of God revealed in Jesus. Alistair Begg reminds us that it is because Jesus is the ascended King who intercedes for us that we have hope and security in this world and can face eternity by his grace.
In this sermon Alistair Begg emphasizes the significance of building a church for God's glory. Such a place will be the launching pad for mature believers ready to spread God's Word to see unbelievers come to faith in Christ. Just as a young and inexperienced Solomon found the building of the temple a daunting task, the people of God are reminded of their own weakness and dependence on God. The task requires a consecrated, praying congregation and leaders who sacrificially lead by example. In so doing, God will build his church.
We're often led to believe that it is in human ingenuity and dreams that take a team, a church or business where it needs to go. In this study based on Ephesians 3:20-21 Alistair Begg teaches the importance of acknowledging instead that we're to be carried along by divine initiative as we prayerfully submit to God and His Word. Since all power comes from God, then all glory must go to Him. In keeping the vision of the Church, we must always focus on God, not on man; stretch our faith concerning God’s unlimited abilities; and view our future in ...
The Bible tells us that Christian living is not one of ease but rather is a battlefield of struggles. How do we stay strong in the Lord in the midst of a society that is alien to God’s truth? How do we defeat the devil’s attacks on our assurance of faith, worship and purity? By His Grace, our God equips us with full armor and weapons to stand firm in the mighty power of Christ.
For many, the church today is often an object of mistrust, misunderstanding, and misgiving...creating a barrier, rather than a gateway, to effective witnessing. In Part One of this three-part message, we investigate the primary motivation for outreach, and the necessary elements for effective witnessing. Regardless of occupation, ALL believers are called to make disciples for God's glory.
Even in the middle of our enemies, God purposes to place His children at the very center of one of His richest blessings. Through the blessing of communion, we are revived in our spirit and our gaze is turned toward Christ. By not looking to ourselves for security, but to Christ, we will receive strength; rivers of living water will flow from our lives.
Do you ever find yourself thinking that you’re not significant enough, or gifted enough, to be used in God’s kingdom? Scripture is rich with examples of how God calls upon ordinary men and women to accomplish extraordinary things for His purpose. Likewise, God made us the way that we are so that, in us He may be glorified.
Series: More Jars Of Clay
Ever tried to explain the Gospel to a friend only to receive a blank look or a disheartening brush-off? The Apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians that the world sees the message of God’s Word as foolishness but to those who believe, it is life and peace. Alistair Begg compares the world’s wisdom and God’s wisdom.
Series: Firm Foundation, Volume 1
Do you ever find yourself asking, who is Jesus? Do you wonder how He can take the impossibilities in your life and make them possible for His glory? In this message, Alistair examines a very familiar passage in which we learn about the identity of Christ and His power to touch and change lives forever.
Series: A Light in the Darkness
Psalm 16:11 speaks of the “path of life” upon which we can find fullness of joy. As we continue our journey on this path, we must be careful to keep our focus on Christ. Alistair Begg warns us not to be led astray by man’s traditions, but to trust in Christ and live in His presence. When we do this, we are promised fullness of joy and everlasting pleasure.
The conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well is a perfect example for us to follow as we seek to share Jesus with the lost. Despite racial and gender barriers, Jesus naturally began a conversation by asking her for a drink. He developed the woman’s interest by asking questions which exposed her sin and need of a Savior. Alistair Begg encourages us to follow Jesus’ example and to be sincere and kind in our approach, understanding that only God can convict of sin.
God’s chief purpose in creating man was to have a people of whom He could say, “I am theirs and they are mine.” In this message from Hebrews 13, Alistair Begg explains that followers of Jesus are to be radically different while avoiding the extremes of isolation from and imitation of the world around us. This new lifestyle is exemplified by the brotherly love and hospitality that should mark all believers.
By nature we are inclined to complain rather than to praise God. How can we learn to thank God, even when life brings unexpected hardships? Alistair Begg makes it clear that our compulsion to be thankful is rooted in truly knowing the character of God. When we understand that God is in control of all things and that He is gracious and faithful to us, we will begin to sing His praise all day long.
In a culture that is indifferent to the true meaning of Christmas, it is easy to seek comfort and fulfillment in anything but Christ. Alistair Begg reminds us that no matter how badly we’ve lived our lives, or how apathetic we’ve been to toward Christ, we can still put our faith and trust in Jesus.
What is Christmas really about? What is the cause for all the celebrations? Alistair Begg explains that Advent is more than just “the most wonderful time of the year.” Jesus Christ was born to take away our sins, to destroy the works of the devil, to make the Father known, and to prepare for His own return.
Men and women have equal standing before God, but that does not negate the necessity for role distinctions. God has designated men to be leaders in the Church and, as Alistair Begg explains, a woman who recognizes that she belongs to God will stand out amidst today’s confused culture as she fully embraces her God-established role.
Series: Authority in the Church
Effective Christian ministry comes from God, as does any success that may accompany one’s labors. Alistair Begg reminds us that no amount of education can make a man a true minister of the Gospel - it is a work that only God can do. In whatever capacity we serve, everyone involved in ministry must acknowledge as John the Baptist did that “He must become greater, and I must become less.”
In today’s ever-changing culture, there is confusion and a lack of conviction concerning the role of women in the local church. Even though the Bible speaks plainly, some tend to doubt the authority of God’s Word on this subject. Alistair Begg reminds us that Scripture is always relevant, must always be trusted, and should be our ultimate source of truth.
Series: Authority in the Church
In order to grow in our faith and become the man or woman God wants us to be, it takes intentional effort combined with God’s intervention. We can expect opposition, resistance and maybe even intimidation when we choose to share our faith. Alistair Begg encourages us to stand strong in the face of persecution… knowing that God is at our side.
Series: The Lion's Roar
Alistair Begg opens the Bible to the book of 1 Peter. It’s here that we see a glimpse of the author a man of God who calls us to a very high standard of Christian living. In fact, Peter’s life reveals characteristics that should be true of every believer. Learn more about these characteristics as we study 1 Peter 1.
Series: Encore 2010
Local Congregations have a responsibility to be involved in the life of the church body by serving one another in love and by exercising spiritual gifts for the common good. As we are taught and prepared by the pastor/teacher, the call to each of us is to identify the gifts we have been given by God and to use them to build up the body of Christ. In this message from Ephesians 4, Alistair Begg reminds us of this responsibility to press on to the maturity that is found in knowing and growing up into Christ.
Series: Authority in the Church
What does it mean to be born again? It’s not a recent cultural phenomenon, but a timeless Biblical truth. Alistair Begg reminds us that it is only by God’s gracious gift of new birth that anyone may see their need of Christ and come to Him in repentance and faith.