|added||March 1, 2005|
|scripture||1 Thessalonians 5:12-28|
|topics||Christian Living, Loving Others, Prayer, Worship|
The Thessalonian church held a tender place in the heart of the Apostle Paul. In this expositional study of Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, we see a paradigm for pastoral ministry, emphasizing the life-changing content of the gospel and concerns of Paul’s heart for their healthy spiritual growth. Having established the believers in good Biblical theology, Paul clearly addresses issues of practical Christian behavior -- sexual morality, work, honest living. The doctrinal foundations of the believers’ hope, namely, the resurrection and return of Christ are established. And finally, the principles of healthy corporate life and worship within the local church ...
|added||March 1, 2005|
|scripture||Luke 6:1-45, Luke 7:1-50|
Luke’s gospel is the longest book in the New Testament. When you consider it along with the other book that he wrote, namely the Acts of the Apostles, Luke is responsible for over a quarter of New Testament material. Luke was one of Paul’s most significant companions and several things about him help us understand why God laid his hand upon this man. He was a Gentile, the only Gentile writer in the whole of the New Testament. He was also a doctor and an educated man. He was an historian. In fact, he was more of a historian than ...
|preached||September 25, 2005|
|added||September 25, 2005|
|topics||Biblical Figures, Evangelism, Gospel, Persecution, Sovereignty of God, Suffering|
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.
|added||September 1, 2005|
|scripture||Philippians 1, Philippians 2|
|topics||Friendship, Jesus Christ, Loving Others|
The Apostle Paul was in no doubt as to his direction and purpose in life. In the very heart of this letter to the Philippians, he makes his focus clear. "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Throughout this letter, Paul urges upon these dear Philippian believers the need for them to be equally focused when it comes to the matter of living for Christ. This series of studies will not only prove useful for the Christian who is seeking to get "back on track," but also ...
|preached||October 2, 2005|
|added||October 2, 2005|
|topics||Biblical Figures, Persecution, Sovereignty of God, Suffering|
Paul’s appearance before the Sanhedrin provides a glimpse of the ordinariness of the extraordinary apostle Paul. Alistair Begg traces the thread that shows how God worked in all the details of Paul’s life, including violence, hostility, regrets, and disappointments, and reminds us that God continues to work out His purpose for each of us through the good, bad, and ordinary events of our lives.