|preached||September 30, 2011|
|added||August 26, 2013|
|topics||Contentment, Dependence on God, Gospel, Redemption, Restoration, Wisdom|
Why are so few people truly happy? Alistair Begg surveys the story of one man's quest for personal fulfillment as recorded in the Book of Ecclesiastes, where we discover that learning, pleasure, laughter, and material possessions cannot satisfy our longing to know the meaning of life. All of our pursuits are stained by sin, and we cannot discover life that is truly life apart from the God who has made Himself known.
|added||December 1, 2008|
|scripture||James 3:1-18, James 4:1-17, James 5:1-20|
|topics||Christian Living, Contentment, Loving Others, Money, Persecution|
“Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” The letter of James is vital reading whenever the believer is tempted to be content with knowledge devoid of action, to cultivate the world’s friendship rather than God’s, and to tolerate disorder and selfish ambition. As we’ll learn, James shows us that the outward display of faith will find its roots in the inward transformation that has already taken place. These studies provide a forceful and timely reminder that our creed must be seen in our conduct and our attitude must display itself in action.
|preached||December 30, 2007|
|added||December 30, 2007|
|topics||Atonement, Character of God, Contentment, The Cross, Forgiveness, Jesus Christ, Redemption, Salvation|
The whole world is searching for an eternal peace. Many of the world’s religions say that this peace is achieved by looking in oneself. In this message, Alistair makes a proclamation of an eternal peace that passes all understanding found only through the Prince of Peace.
|added||April 1, 2006|
|topics||Christian Living, Contentment|
The Apostle Paul had a problem. A thorn in his flesh inhibited his natural ability to live his life and serve God as he wished. He prayed for the removal of his limitation, but Jesus had something better in mind, and he told Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9). The entire Bible reveals that power is found in weakness for those who know Christ. The power of God is clearly seen best against the background of human inadequacy. The truth is that our inadequacy may actually prove to ...
|added||February 1, 2006|
|scripture||Philippians 3, Philippians 4|
|topics||Contentment, 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 ...
|added||June 29, 2003|
Should the life of a believer always be smooth sailing and calm waters? Well, many people think so, but the book of James gives some solid directions for those who go through trials. Maybe it will help you! Learn how to "consider it pure joy" in this message from Alistair Begg.
|preached||June 22, 1997|
|added||June 22, 1997|
|topics||Contentment, Forgiveness, Friendship, Grace of God, Jesus Christ, Loving Others, Ministry, Obedience, Sexuality, Thanksgiving|
What is the church? The author of Hebrews teaches us that the church is not merely a building, but a family of faith that displays faith in action. Alistair Begg explains that life in this family of faith involves gratitude to God displayed by loving each other as brothers, entertaining strangers, sympathizing with prisoners, and relentlessly pursuing purity.
|preached||June 22, 1997|
|added||June 22, 1997|
|topics||Contentment, The Cross, Grace of God, Jesus Christ, Justification/Imputation of Righteousness, Sanctification|
The Christian life is grace from beginning to end, and that grace is displayed when those who follow Christ live in a way that is distinct. In this message from Hebrews 13:5-14, Alistair Begg reminds us that it is the Christian’s privilege to be identified with the Savior, who has done everything necessary to both save and transform his people in holiness.
|preached||November 19, 1995|
|added||November 19, 1995|
|scripture||1 Thessalonians 5:18|
|topics||Contentment, God's Covenants, Joy, Sorrow, Sovereignty of God, Suffering, Thanksgiving, Word of God|
It is easy to give thanks when everything is going smoothly, but how easy is it to give thanks when the circumstances in our life take a turn for the worse? As hard as it might be, Scripture calls us to thank God during the good times and the bad. Alistair Begg suggests that the key to having this kind of attitude is to have a firm understanding of God’s providence, believing that He controls all things according to His own purposes.