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Lessons For Life, Volume 3

Lessons For Life, Volume 3

added July 15, 2014
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topics Christian Living, Christian Thinking
type Series
id 26703

In this series of messages, Alistair Begg takes a closer look at God’s providential care and the Christian’s appropriate response. We are reminded that God is sovereign over our entire existence and that our lives matter to Him. He uses even our mistakes and disappointments in the process of conforming us to the image of His Son. While the Lord does not reveal His purposes to us in advance, our security is in knowing that we are in the hands of a loving, compassionate God. As a result, the Christian’s perspective on current issues will be drastically different from the ...

Think, Focus, Learn

Think, Focus, Learn

preached June 22, 2014
added June 23, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:7-10
topics Christian Thinking, Jesus Christ, Suffering
type Sermon
id 3036

Some things are easy to understand. Other things require some thinking on our part before we grasp what we’re reading or hearing. In his final letter, the Apostle Paul called Timothy to this kind of reflection with regard to suffering for the sake of the Gospel. Alistair Begg points out how we can come to a correct understanding of suffering in our own lives: as we think biblically and focus on Jesus, we can learn to face difficulties in the strength and wisdom that He provides.

How to Maintain Pastoral Zeal while Avoiding Pastoral Burnout

How to Maintain Pastoral Zeal while Avoiding Pastoral Burnout

preached May 13, 2014
added April 25, 2014
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topics Christian Thinking, Ministry
type Sermon
id gs1121

How can burnout be a problem in ministry when Christ Himself encouraged His followers to give up everything for the sake of the Gospel? Christopher Ash explains that there is a vital difference between living sacrificially for Jesus and pursuing our calling in a way that leads to mental and physical exhaustion. When Christian leaders bear in mind that we are created by God from dust and that all of our endeavors are dependent on Him for success, we are reminded that Gospel ministry is a humbling privilege and enabled to rejoice that we are recipients of God's grace in ...

Ecclesiastes Speaks Today, Part Two

Ecclesiastes Speaks Today, Part Two

preached May 14, 2014
added April 25, 2014
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scripture Ecclesiastes 12:1-14
topics Christian Thinking, Fear of God, Preaching
type Sermon
id 3033

The final chapter of Ecclesiastes calls us to fear God and commit ourselves to Him. As Alistair Begg demonstrates, this chapter details for the audience the opportunity of youth, the frailty of life, the reality of death, and the certainty of judgment. Into a culture of abject meaninglessness that is not unlike our own, Ecclesiastes also gives us something to live for.

For Such a Time as This, Part One

For Such a Time as This, Part One

preached October 2, 2013
added January 12, 2014
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scripture Esther 4:4-17
topics Biblical Figures, Christian Thinking, Sovereignty of God, Wrath of God
type Sermon
id 3017

God’s name is never mentioned in the book of Esther, but God’s providence is evident throughout. In this story, we find events that seem to be coincidence aligning to place Esther in a position to intercede on behalf of the Jewish nation. Alistair Begg reminds us that the hand of God is providentially at work in our lives as well, whether we see it or not.

My Times are in Your Hand, Part One (Biola)

My Times are in Your Hand, Part One (Biola)

preached April 22, 2013
added January 12, 2014
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scripture Psalms 31:1-24
topics Christian Thinking, Dependence on God, Faith, Sovereignty of God
type Sermon
id 3021

In this study of Psalm 31, Alistair Begg focuses on what it means for the Christian to be able to say, “My times are in Your hand.” Because of our confidence in the providence of God, we can be certain that we are not trapped by blind forces like fate or nature, nor are we tossed about by chance. To embrace the truth of God’s sovereignty is both liberating and comforting as we view our circumstances from the perspective of God’s purposes.

For Such a Time as This, Part Two

For Such a Time as This, Part Two

preached October 4, 2013
added January 12, 2014
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scripture Esther 4:12-17
topics Biblical Figures, Christian Thinking, Obedience, Preaching Christ from the Old Testament, Sovereignty of God
type Sermon
id 3018

When placed in a potentially life-threatening predicament, Esther responded with determined obedience to God. Just as God placed Esther in a unique position for a unique purpose, He has done the same for every Christian. Alistair Begg challenges us to consider whether every circumstance of our lives, both good and bad, may have been fashioned by God to place us where we are for such a time as this.

Deep-Seated Corruption (Westmont)

Deep-Seated Corruption (Westmont)

preached October 22, 2012
added January 12, 2014
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scripture Mark 14:10
topics Biblical Figures, Christian Thinking, Death, Jealousy, Sovereignty of God
type Sermon
id 3016

Judas Iscariot’s attitude and choices determined his destiny, yet God was able to use his sin – even his betrayal of Jesus – to achieve His purposes. In this study of Mark 14:10, we learn that God fulfills His sovereign plan without interfering with the individual’s freedom of choice. Alistair Begg reminds us that the treachery of Judas is a warning to the Church against the “profession of Christ without the possession of Christ.”

My Times are in Your Hand, Part Two (Biola)

My Times are in Your Hand, Part Two (Biola)

preached April 24, 2013
added January 12, 2014
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scripture Exodus 3:1-22
topics Christian Thinking, Dependence on God, Faith, Fear, Love of God, Pride & Humility, Sovereignty of God, Suffering
type Sermon
id 3022

Life can seem fragile and unbearable without the confidence that our times are in God’s hands. Whether we prosper or face uncertainty or adversity, the Christian response should not include pride, panic, or self-pity, but gratitude and faith in God. While there is great security found when we rest in God’s providence, Alistair Begg clarifies the responsibilities that remain ours as we humbly submit to the Lord’s will.

All In!, Part Two

All In!, Part Two

preached October 19, 2011
added January 12, 2014
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scripture Romans 12:1-2
topics Biblical Figures, Christian Thinking, Faith, Grace of God, Ministry, Obedience, Power/Effects of Sin, Sanctification
type Sermon
id 3020

In Romans 12:2, Paul warns readers not to be conformed to the ways of this world, but rather, to be transformed by God and conformed to the image of Christ. Alistair Begg explains that a Christian’s way of thinking changes as a result of God’s revelation of Himself. Our perspective on the world should be shaped by our view of the Kingdom, resulting in fully committing ourselves to doing God’s will.

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