The stories Jesus told described a King and a Kingdom unlike any other. Jesus’ words challenged His hearers to consider the magnitude of their sin and the depth of mercy that they could never deserve. Like those in Jesus’ day, we too are prone to misunderstand how these stories testify to the realities of Christ’s Kingdom. In a culture that is reluctant to embrace absolute truth, it can be convenient to marginalize who Jesus is and why He came to earth. Like the rich young ruler, we may consider ourselves to be moral people with no need for a Savior. ...
It's easy for local congregations to become comfortable and allow our outreach to neighbors and friends to wane, but our Lord demonstrated a pattern of passionate commitment to spread the good news of the kingdom of God. In this message, Alistair Begg explains what it means to take our responsibility to share the Gospel seriously. Jesus’ priorities are reflected in our lives when we see those around us clearly, care deeply, think properly, and pray fervently.
Series: Encore 2015
What is pastoral ministry really about, at its core? The four-fold directive that the Apostle Paul gave to Timothy provides a clear perspective: always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry. In this message, Alistair Begg explores these timeless imperatives and encourages Christian ministers to persevere in preaching the Gospel even in the middle of a challenging culture.
What do people look for in a preacher? The Apostle Paul warned young pastor Timothy about those who seek teaching that is only what they want to hear, rather than biblical truth. In this message, Alistair Begg emphasizes the importance of preaching the Bible in the life of a healthy local church. God’s purposes for us will be accomplished only when we submit our hearts to the faithful teaching of scriptural truth.
How does a pastor determine what to say on a Sunday morning? In this message, Alistair Begg leads us through Paul's solemn yet simple charge to Timothy: Preach the Word of God. As ministers fulfill this biblical call to preach, congregations too are called to receive the Word, and we are all called to patiently trust that God will fulfill His Kingdom purposes.
People around the world enjoy the familiar words of “Once in Royal David’s City” during the Christmas season, but few ponder the deep truths that the carol teaches. In this Christmas Eve message, Alistair Begg explains that this simple children’s song illustrates that God became man to save sinners. The Baby of Bethlehem now reigns in majesty and offers to us the gift of salvation.
In the first chapter of his Gospel account, Luke recorded Mary’s song of praise to God, sometimes called the “Magnificat.” Alistair Begg explains how this song illuminates the reason for Jesus’ incarnation: God’s love for fallen humanity. We are challenged to acknowledge that our significance depends on His mercy, not our own merits, and we are encouraged to trust this loving, merciful God with our hearts and lives.
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.