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Times of Difficulty

Times of Difficulty

preached September 14, 2014
added September 16, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 3:1-5
topics Christian Thinking, False Teaching, Worship
type Sermon
id 3048

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.

Preaching a Psalm of Praise

Preaching a Psalm of Praise

preached May 13, 2014
added April 25, 2014
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scripture Psalms 146:1-10
topics Character of God, Preaching, Worship
type Sermon
id gs1117

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.

Just The Facts

Just The Facts

preached December 29, 2013
added December 30, 2013
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scripture Luke 2:17-20
topics Atheism, Christ's Birth, Faith, Glory of God, Gospel, Jesus Christ, Redemptive History, Word of God, Worship
type Sermon
id 2998

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.

A Thanksgiving Meditation

A Thanksgiving Meditation

preached November 24, 2013
added November 25, 2013
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scripture Psalms 100:1-5
topics Faithfulness of God, Prayer, Thanksgiving, Worship
type Sermon
id 2992

Believers have used the 100th Psalm to express their praise to God for millennia. In this study Alistair Begg reviews what the psalm teaches about the what, how, where, and why of thanksgiving.

The Message and the Multitude

The Message and the Multitude

preached November 17, 2013
added November 18, 2013
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scripture Revelation 7:9-17
topics Evangelism, Gospel, Kingdom of God, Second Coming of Christ, Worship
type Sermon
id 2990

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.

Qualified, Delivered and Transferred

Qualified, Delivered and Transferred

preached October 27, 2013
added October 27, 2013
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scripture Colossians 1:9-14
topics Faith, Gospel, Grace, Joy, Justification/Imputation of Righteousness, Sanctification, Worship
type Sermon
id 2987

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.

Whole-Hearted Devotion

Whole-Hearted Devotion

preached October 14, 2012
added October 15, 2012
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scripture Mark 14:1-9
topics Giving, Jesus Christ, Priorities, Worship
type Sermon
id 2903

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."

Acceptable Worship, Part Four

Acceptable Worship, Part Four

preached May 5, 1985
added March 9, 2012
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scripture John 4:19-24
topic Worship
type Sermon
id 1122

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, Part Three

Acceptable Worship, Part Three

preached April 28, 1985
added March 9, 2012
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scripture Exodus 32:1-10
topic Worship
type Sermon
id 1121

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.

Acceptable Worship, Part One

Acceptable Worship, Part One

preached April 14, 1985
added February 24, 2012
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scripture John 4:19-24
topic Worship
type Sermon
id 1116

Man was created to praise God, but there has been a steadily increasing tendency to focus on man and his needs rather than God and His glory. In part one of this four-part message, we learn why it is vital that we consider the theme of acceptable worship. Merely attending weekly services, abiding by the rules, and seeking to have our needs met is cold, empty, meaningless worship. Knowing God personally is the key to genuine worship that grants Him our undivided attention and changes our preparation for worship, as well as our expectations.

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