There can surely be no more vital theme for the church to consider than worship. This series of studies challenges the presuppositions and preoccupations of the "me generation" and lays out the biblical framework. Only when we are captured by an overwhelming sense of awe and reverence in the presence of God, will we begin to worship God in spirit and in truth. Then, and only then, may we expect visitors to our services to exclaim, "Surely God is in this place!"
"I don’t want you to be ignorant. . ."
With these opening words, the Apostle Paul embarks upon the sensitive journey of encouraging the Corinthian church to show wisdom and discernment in the gifts and abilities of its members. As we’ll learn, this is primary in the health of the local church, for ignorance will breed those who are susceptible to wrong teaching. Wrong teaching leads to wrong living, and wrong living ultimately generates ineffectiveness in the body of Christ.
Chapter 12 of 1 Corinthians is concerned with the volatile issue of spiritual gifts. What are they? How are they ...
Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 4:2-5 are the mandate for all those who are called to pastoral ministry. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once commented that "the work of preaching is the highest and greatest and most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called." He went on to say that "the most urgent need in the Christian church today is for true preaching and as it is the greatest and most urgent need in the church it is, obviously, the greatest need in the world also."
To a generation in which the priority of preaching has been sadly diminished, the apostolic ...
It is a popular contemporary notion that if you are devoted to God and obedient to His commands, then your life will be easy and pleasant. Paul’s experience illustrates that the opposite is true: the life of a faithful servant of God is often fraught with pain and struggle. Alistair Begg draws our attention to the evidence of God’s providence that prepared Paul for difficulty and assures us that God continues to change, protect, and guide the lives of believers.
If you could choose one word to describe your life, would you say that you’re content? For most of us, that’s the last word we’d use! Alistair Begg turns to the pages of Scripture for a realistic look at personal satisfaction and what it means to have a truly thankful heart.
Series: Thankful Living
In the courtroom before Governor Festus and King Agrippa, Paul explained how he was transformed from Saul, the chief persecutor of Christians, to the Apostle Paul, commissioned servant of Christ. Through this study of Acts 26:16-18, Alistair Begg illustrates how God calls unlikely individuals to be witnessing servants of Christ. God’s call is not dependent upon our special talents, but upon His authority, His security, and the clarity found in His Word.
It’s the time of year to start thinking about picking the right gift for loved ones. In this message, we’re reminded that God Himself is the One who gives perfect gifts at the perfect time. Every good and perfect gift comes from God. Every breath of life, every good night’s sleep, every true friend, every word of Scripture. You could write your own list of blessings, too as Alistair Begg teaches on The Goodness of God.
Series: Thankful Living