|preached||August 3, 2014|
|added||August 3, 2014|
|topics||Ministry, Persecution, Suffering|
When we consider what it might look like to live a life that is committed to the cause of the Gospel, the Apostle Paul is an excellent example. As Alistair Begg explains, what set Paul apart was not that he didn’t value the ordinary experiences of life, but that he viewed them all in relationship to the purposes and care of God. When we live with the Gospel in view, we learn that the greatest value is in a life lived well for God’s glory.
|preached||June 22, 2014|
|added||June 23, 2014|
|scripture||2 Timothy 2:7-10|
|topics||Christian Thinking, Jesus Christ, Suffering|
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.
|preached||February 23, 2014|
|added||February 24, 2014|
|scripture||2 Timothy 1:11-12|
|topics||Gospel, Grace of God, Jesus Christ, Preaching, Suffering|
Though he was imprisoned and facing death, Paul's highest concern in his second letter to Timothy was for the gospel - that the message of grace and redemption would be passed to future generations. His roles, first as an apostle of Jesus Christ, and then as a preacher and teacher of the Gospel opened the door for his own suffering, but his confidence in the faithfulness of God sustained and nurtured his own faith under persecution.
|preached||February 16, 2014|
|added||February 17, 2014|
|scripture||2 Timothy 1:8-10|
The Gospel of Jesus Christ can be difficult to talk about; its message is foreign to others - even offensive. In his second letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul exhorted him to not be ashamed, but to be willing to suffer for preaching the truth. Suffering for the gospel in this way exposes our own weakness, but provides an opportunity for God’s power to be displayed through us.
|preached||April 24, 2013|
|added||January 12, 2014|
|topics||Christian Thinking, Dependence on God, Faith, Fear, Love of God, Pride & Humility, Sovereignty of God, Suffering|
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.
|preached||February 11, 1996|
|added||August 12, 2013|
|topics||Dependence on God, Faithfulness of God, Obedience, Spiritual Warfare, Suffering|
As a student of history knows, wars fought over the centuries had start and end dates. As the sober-minded Christian knows, however, we are in a continual war that will not end on this side of eternity. Alistair Begg explains that our enemy is powerful and the danger is real, but God has equipped us with all of the weapons and defenses we need for this long and grueling fight.
|preached||May 31, 2013|
|added||May 31, 2013|
|topics||Dependence on God, Suffering|
It is easy to trust God when the sun is shining and all seems right with the world. But is He just as trustworthy when the bottom falls out of life? Where is God then? Hear the answer, as you listen to a message that was preached at Parkside Church's Cancer Survivor Support dinner.
|preached||January 13, 2013|
|added||January 14, 2013|
|topics||Atonement, Gospel, Jesus Christ, Redemption, Suffering, The Trinity|
What are we to understand from the great sorrow that Jesus experienced in the garden of Gethsemane? Did He really mean it, when He prayed for the "cup" to be removed from Him? In this first study of "Jesus in 3-D," we discover that the answer lies in His dual nature: in His perfect humanity, he recoils from suffering, yet chooses to obey the Father's will.
|added||February 23, 2012|
|scripture||1 Corinthians 9:24-27|
|topics||Assurance of Salvation, Christian Thinking, Obedience, Suffering|
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.
|preached||May 19, 2011|
|added||June 9, 2011|
|scripture||1 Peter 5:10|
|topics||Dependence on God, Suffering|
To the believer, a cancer diagnosis is not just an opportunity for deep, heartfelt prayer, but it's an opportunity to see God's grace at work to change our heart and attitudes about life - and to show us what we really believe about faith in Him. We may not be cured of our illness, but God can work a miracle of grace to make us more like Christ through our experience of suffering and sadness.