Although our hearts naturally praise the things we value, thanksgiving – the giving of thanks – is a choice: we choose what we are thankful for, and we choose to whom we are thankful. In this message, Alistair Begg encourages us to choose to give thanks every day to the Lord, both because He is God and because He is good.
At the start of the third chapter of his second letter to Timothy, Paul warned this young pastor about difficulties he could expect from the surrounding culture. Alistair Begg helps us see that these same difficulties have faced every generation of believers, and explains how the world’s “solution” to the underlying problem is itself part of the problem. Only in Christ do we find the real answer: loving God above all.
The Psalmists' exhortations to praise can be discouraging if not viewed in light of the Gospel. In this message, Christopher Ash turns to the book of Psalms to lead us into a deeper of understanding of who God is. Psalm 146 demonstrates how the typical introduction of asking, “How’s your praise life?” is inadequate. Instead, the Psalms invite us to see how Jesus rightfully and perfectly fulfilled these exhortations to praise, enabling us to live a life of praise to God as well.
Series: Basics 2014
If you had just seen a multitude of angels, what would you be talking about when you went into town? The shepherds in Luke 2 focused on what the angels had said - their message of a Savior's birth - and not on the drama of the experience. Mary also pondered the meaning of the shepherds' testimony. In concluding this series on Jesus' birth, Alistair Begg draws our attention to the historical nature of the gospel accounts: this is evidence that supports belief, not just an emotional response.
One of the most memorable and inspiring scenes in the Bible is the "great multitude that no one could number" in Revelation 7. Looking more deeply at this passage, Alistair Begg explains the relationship between these worshippers gathered before God's throne and the Church's mission to take the Gospel to the whole world.
Would you describe Christian worship as a great celebration? With our deliverance in view, that is what we should expect. In this message from Colossians 1:9-15, Alistair Begg reminds us that the source of Christian joy and the fuel for godly living is the work that Christ has done on our behalf.
When the woman broke the alabaster jar and poured her ointment on Jesus' feet in Mark 14, she gave up a treasured possession. Some who were there saw this as extravagant and wasteful, but what did the Lord see? He recognized her action as true worship, and called it "beautiful."
Part four of this four-part message focuses on the manner of worship. True worship is biblical- fully engaging the Word of God, not merely man’s opinion or philosophical speculation. It is a conscious activity, requiring concentration and logical consideration of Scripture. Genuine worship also engages the Spirit-filled heart of the believer, and continues beyond the four walls of the church.
Acceptable worship requires full submission of all our human nature to God. Part three of this four-part message reveals that out-of-focus worship that is devoid of substance results in the corruption of men, the inciting of God’s anger, and the scoffing of the world. In contrast, when focus is correct in worship, God is glorified, lives are purified, fellowship is edified, and the world is evangelized.