What could be more natural than one expectant mother going to visit another expectant mother? Yet when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, the scene also had a supernatural element. In this message on Jesus’ infancy narrative we see God, through His Word, revealing His plan of salvation to two women who responded in humble worship. Alistair Begg encourages us to consider the unique place Mary holds in human history and, like her, to respond with joy at the goodness and mercy of God.
Among the core teachings of Christianity, the virgin birth can be one of the most difficult for the human mind to accept. Yet in Luke's Gospel account, we see Mary respond in trust to the angel's mysterious message. Alistair Begg encourages us to consider the unique nature of Jesus' miraculous birth in the context of His divine mission and to respond, like Mary, in simple faith.
After years of prophetic silence, God announced the birth of John the Baptist to one faithful couple. As Alistair Begg explains, the announcement illustrates the mystery of God's work throughout history. The events surrounding the birth of Jesus remind us that the providence of God can be seen at work in ordinary events, both good and bad.
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.
Paul commanded Timothy, his protégé, to hold to the Bible alone in his ministry, relying on its power to do God’s work. In this message, Alistair Begg expresses the same concern and provides some examples of what can happen when church leaders lack this commitment to the truth of Scripture. When we truly believe the Bible, its teachings impact both our beliefs and our behavior – how we think and what we do.
Like all ministers, Timothy was responsible to teach God's truth to his congregation. In this message by Alistair Begg, we learn how the Apostle Paul directed Timothy to rely on the Scriptures alone when instructing others – the same principle Jesus used in His ministry. The Bible accomplishes its work in our lives as we trust in its authority as the inspired Word of God.
Anything “new” can seem very appealing. However, as the Apostle Paul cautioned his young protégé Timothy, our belief and teaching must always be founded on the timeless truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From 2 Timothy 3, Alistair Begg emphasizes the importance of continuing onward in faith, trusting in the Scriptures and following the examples of godly leaders.
Whether it is the overt hostility faced by Christians in other parts of the world or subtle clashes with our own society’s ungodly mindset, all true believers experience some form of the “persecution” about which Paul warned Timothy. Beginning with these verses from 2 Timothy 3, Alistair Begg helps us consider the practical cost of living a godly life. As we learn to think biblically, we can respond to our circumstances in a Christlike manner.
What was it like to have a face-to-face encounter with Jesus? From the physically broken man of Mark 2, to the devoted religionist of John 3, to the promiscuous woman of John 4, Jesus personally engages each unlikely individual and the results are extraordinary. In this series, Jesus also encounters the alienated man of Luke 8, the despised tax collector of Luke 19, and the humble woman of Mark 14 and reveals their greatest need, which is not for physical healing or stature, but their need for a Savior. Not one individual walks away unchanged by their encounter with Christ. ...
When interacting with others, Christian leaders – and the rest of us – may be tempted to quarrel over points where we disagree. Exploring the final verses of 2 Timothy 2, Alistair Begg shows how the Apostle Paul emphasized kindness and patience toward all people, allowing God Himself to stir repentance in unbelieving hearts.