Pastoral ministry comes with the great delight of being set apart by the call of God to the cause of the Gospel. In this personal message, Alistair Begg reflects on the many other joys and challenges that accompany ministry in a local church over the long haul.
Series: The Pastor's Study, Volume 6
We Need to See the Lord January 20, 2012
Success can make us proud and lead us to believe that we do not need God, and that we have achieved success on our own. Some, having lost all fear of the Lord, think of Him only as a cosmic power. Has your prayer life characterized as praying to someone who only fulfills our needs, or do your prayers include repentance and thanksgiving to our God who is holy? Join us as Alistair teaches on the importance and meaning of truly seeing the Lord for who He really is.
Beware and Be Aware! December 12, 2011
What does true devotion look like? In Mark 12:39-44, Jesus contrasts the ostentatious religious life of the scribes with the humble gift of an anonymous widow, and we learn that devotion to God is not measured by outward appearances, but by sacrifice.
Guard Your Freedom, Part Three October 1, 2011
If we hear someone boasting about mystical experiences they have had, how do we respond? In Colossians 2:18-19, Paul confronts false teaching that judges the faith of others, based on mysticism. God can and does act in our lives supernaturally; however, our faith must be based on Christ – His work and His word – not on our experiences.
Not So With You September 12, 2011
How would you have responded to Jesus' revelation that he was going to Jerusalem to lay down his life? With adoration and awe? It's far more likely that we would all respond just like the disciples did - with selfish concern for our own interests. This study in Mark 10:32-32 confronts our pride with the truth that believers in Christ are called to live differently, and challenges the Church to let go of status and privilege for the sake of the gospel.
Have you ever wondered if you're making the "right" decision? Is God pleased with the path you're taking?
Author Kevin DeYoung thinks the Bible has the answer. Listen to our interview with him and then get a copy of his book, Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will.
Be Careful How You Hear July 23, 2010
King Herod had the opportunity to repent when he heard God's Word. He chose to disregard the teaching he heard, though, and was trapped by his carelessness in distressing decisions. Are we falling into a similar trap today?
An Ill-Timed Request April 9, 2006
Have you ever thought that if you just do more good works than bad that you might be able to secure your place in the Kingdom of God? Over and over in the gospels, we learn that Jesus’ disciples felt deserving of such honor and glory for themselves. In this message, Alistair examines one such instance and what Jesus says about the true means by which we enter the Kingdom of God.
Series: They Just Don't Get It, Do We?
An Ill-Advised Argument April 1, 2006
The world is always telling us to be concerned with status, or being number one- the first. There are even those in the church who are fighting for position. In this message, Alistair examines a similar conflict between Jesus’ disciples through which Jesus shows us the true position of a Christian and how to gain greatness in His Kingdom.
Series: They Just Don't Get It, Do We?
Amazing Love September 1, 2002
Chapter 15 is at the very heart of Luke’s gospel. Luke tells us that the tax collectors and so-called sinners had gathered round to hear Jesus, but that those known as religious men, the Pharisees and teachers of the law, were not paying much attention. Jesus ends Chapter 14 with this instruction; "He who has ears, let him hear." Clearly most of us have ears, so He is really encouraging all those who are listening to pay very close attention to what He is saying. It is striking, therefore, that those who were listening intently were the kind of people ...