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Hypocrisy, Intimidation, and the Unforgiveable Sin

Christ is perfect; Christians are not. We may pretend to be what we’re not; or pretend not to be what we are. It may make us question whether or not we truly belong to Christ. For the believer, though, the blood of Christ covers every sin – past, present, and future. There is, however, one unforgivable sin; and in this message Alistair Begg explains what it is and how it separates a true Christian from an unbeliever.

Luke 12:1-2
id: 2182

Series: The Gospel According to Luke, Volume 6




The Sulking Servant

Despite the fact that Jonah had recently been the recipient of God’s compassion, he found fault and became angry with God for displaying the very same mercy to those whom he felt didn’t deserve it. God responded by posing the question to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry?” Listen as Alistair Begg teaches on the sovereignty of divine grace.

Jonah 4:1-11
id: 2176

Series: Man Overboard


Amazing Grace

In this concluding message of the Jonah series, we discover that God was continuing to work with his servant according to the purpose of his will. Whether it was providing a gigantic fish or a small worm, He was at work directing everything to its appointed end. Alistair Begg teaches us that just as Jonah was distracted by the vine and the worm, we should ask ourselves, “Is there anything in my life that concerns me more than seeing unbelieving people become the committed followers of Jesus Christ?”

Jonah 4:1-11
id: 2177

Series: Man Overboard


Salvation Comes From the Lord

The second chapter of Jonah records Jonah’s cry of distress in the midst of a storm. He called out to the Lord, and the Lord graciously answered. Including a brief discourse on prayer, Alistair Begg considers the consequences of those separated from God and God’s great provision of salvation and rescue.

Jonah 2:1-10
id: 2172

Series: Man Overboard


The Obedient Prophet

God is the God of second chances and for the second time, Jonah was commissioned by God to go to Nineveh with a warning about the city’s wickedness, and the judgment yet to come. This time, Jonah obediently went to Nineveh delivering the warning with a personal testimony about God’s willingness and ability to save. Remarkably, the Ninevites responded quickly by turning and repenting of their ways. God gave the city a second chance and leaves us with the question, does God change his mind?

Jonah 3:1-10
id: 2173

Series: Man Overboard


The Man Who Said No

In the book of Jonah, we are introduced to a fantastic historical story. The prophet Jonah heard God instruct him to “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city.” Rather than listening to God’s instruction though, Jonah ran in the other direction. Can one man’s "no" circumvent the eternal plan of God? Join Alistair Begg in this study of God’s concern for all mankind and the reluctance of God to leave a servant in dejection and misery brought about by his disobedience.

Jonah 1:1
id: 2170

Series: Man Overboard


Man Overboard

In the continuing story of Jonah, Alistair Begg explores the vantage point of the characters in an epic storm. The narrative teaches us that rebellion against God is wrong, and often takes others down with us. Death is the just penalty for disobedience, but God is able to rescue us from death. His grace is sufficient to save us from even the most atrocious sins.

Jonah 1:4
id: 2171

Series: Man Overboard



Children

A distinct sign of a crumbling society is that children no longer obey their parents. It is now often perceived as anti-cultural and, even “old-fashioned,” to believe that parents have authority over their children. When children are captured by the love and lordship of Christ, they will be more inclined to obey their parents in a heartfelt and sincere way. They will be markedly different from others around them, bringing testimony to the wonder of God’s amazing grace.

Colossians 3:20
id: 2493

Series: The Christian Family


...and Rides upon the Storm

After two weeks adrift on the storm-tossed sea, the sailors and soldiers focused on self-preservation as the threat of shipwreck became certain. In the midst of calamity and crisis, leadership was desperately needed, and Paul, the unlikely prisoner, stepped up with faith and common sense. Alistair Begg assures us that just as God was with Paul, He is with each of us as we wrestle with the stormy seas of life, and our response can have a radical impact on the watching world.

Acts 27:27-44
id: 2490

Series: For the Sake of the Gospel, Volume 2


Husbands

What does it mean to love your wife? The Bible affirms that husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the Church. As Alistair Begg explains, this is a high standard that is nothing less than a model of the cross of Christ. This love is not harsh; it is sensitive, natural, purposeful, sacrificial, and exclusive. It is a love that enables a wife to flourish in her femininity and grow in her love for Christ.

Colossians 3:19
id: 2491

Series: Encore 2014


He Plants His Footsteps in the Sea

Paul finally set sail for Rome to face trial before Caesar, just as God had promised. When the ship was suddenly caught in a hurricane-force storm, Paul clung firmly to the promises of God and his faith was a comfort and encouragement to others on the ship. Alistair Begg reminds us that while God’s promises do not alleviate the challenges of life, He can be trusted to bring us safely to our eternal destiny.

Acts 27:1-26
id: 2487

Series: For the Sake of the Gospel, Volume 2


Wives

Have you ever wondered why Christian marriages continue to suffer when the Church places so much emphasis on the importance of strong marital relationships? Alistair Begg suggests that when our discussions about marriage start in the wrong place, we are bound to veer off course. Marriage begins with God and His glory, and wives who are faithful to the Biblical pattern for marriage are a living testimony to the power of the Gospel.

Colossians 3:18
id: 2488

Series: Encore 2014


When You Pray, Say

Martin Luther referred to the Lord’s Prayer as "the greatest martyr on earth," because it was used, he said, so frequently without thought or feeling and without reverence or faith. In our Christian lives, nothing is more important, and nothing more difficult to establish and maintain, than a meaningful prayer life.

Although we can find time to do just about everything else; good things, industrious things, ministry things, it seems that when we get to the issue of prayer, everything works against us.

When we look at the Lord’s Prayer, we realize that there is much instruction contained in ...

Luke 11:1-13
id: 23201

Growing in Grace

2 Peter 3:18
id: 2486

Jesus is King

Luke 1:32
id: 2485

Jesus as Prophet

Luke 9:28-36
id: 2483





God's Amazing Love

John 3:16
id: 2422






Fruitfulness, Part One

John 15:1-8
id: 1277

Can God Use Me?

Do you ever find yourself thinking that you’re not significant enough, or gifted enough, to be used in God’s kingdom? Scripture is rich with examples of how God calls upon ordinary men and women to accomplish extraordinary things for His purpose. Likewise, God made us the way that we are so that, in us He may be glorified.

Series: More Jars Of Clay





Jesus is God

John 14:7-14
id: 1271

Wisdom vs. Wisdom

Ever tried to explain the Gospel to a friend only to receive a blank look or a disheartening brush-off? The Apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians that the world sees the message of God’s Word as foolishness but to those who believe, it is life and peace. Alistair Begg compares the world’s wisdom and God’s wisdom.

Series: Firm Foundation, Volume 1




Wise Living

Psalms 1:1-6
id: 1268


The Proclaimed Kingdom, Part One

All sinners are alienated from God, and God’s wrath for sin demands punishment. But by His grace, God sends His Son to offer all people redemption from the bondage of sin. We are assured that only through Jesus’ death on the cross can we find reconciliation with God. It is in Christ alone that we can be moved from condemnation to justification.

Romans 5:1-11
id: 2395

Series: The Kingdom of God, Volume 2


The Present Kingdom, Part One

We become part of God’s family by grace, through faith. Jesus died to bear the punishment our sins deserve and He gathers all believers into His kingdom, not because of who we are, or what we have done, but because of who Jesus is and what Jesus has done. Alistair points to the New Testament fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies and the grace-filled work of Christ.

Matthew - John
id: 2392

Series: The Kingdom of God, Volume 2


The Prophesied Kingdom, Part One

God’s prophets speak the Word of God and foretell the wonderful future still to come. However many false prophets worship fake gods and make great statements, telling people what they want to hear and failing to inform them of God’s impending judgment. Speaking through His prophets, God continues to point to the future when God’s people will live in God’s place under God’s rule and blessing. Everyone will stand before God in judgment. What will we say and plead on that day?

Ezra - Malachi
id: 2390

Series: The Kingdom of God, Volume 1


The Prophesied Kingdom, Part Two

The kingdom of God was foretold by the prophets in the Old Testament. This kingdom would come about not by some iron-fisted tyrant, but rather through a servant king who would give his life as a ransom for many. Listen as Alistair takes us on a jet tour through the prophets to discover the amazing story of transformed lives, renewed hearts and a new world. It’s a story told by men who brought God’s Word to bear on God’s people in God’s place under God’s rule and blessing.

Ezra - Malachi
id: 2391

Series: The Kingdom of God, Volume 1


Firm Foundation, Volume 4

It has been said that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, and the 10th and 11th chapters of 1 Corinthians are ripe with examples and warnings to the Christian who will heed them.

How far does Christian liberty extend? Is there a guideline for men and women in their relationship to one another and towards God? How may we correctly observe the Lord’s Supper?

These issues are as relevant to day as they were in the early church. In general, when it came to spiritual things, the church in Corinth was a church that ...


The Partial Kingdom - God's Place

God delivers the Israelites out of slavery and sends them on a journey with Moses. The journey takes 40 years during which frustration, ungratefulness and disbelief settle in. Even after seeing God part the Red Sea, the Israelites refuse to rely on God in faith and in turn, God responds in judgment. Alistair teaches us that we need to heed an important lesson from Israel’s history: to have thankful hearts for God’s provision.

Numbers - Joshua
id: 2388

Series: The Kingdom of God, Volume 1


Your Kingdom Come

This message is also part of "When You Pray, Say"

Luke 11:1-4
id: 2145

Series: When You Pray, Say


Father

This message is also part of "When You Pray, Say"

Luke 11:1-4
id: 2143

Series: When You Pray, Say











Only Jesus

Acts 4:12
id: 2130


Why God Sent His Son

If you were to summarize the message of the Bible, how would you frame it? What’s the common theme? What’s the plan from Genesis to Revelation? Alistair Begg presents a message about the over-arching theme of the Bible from start to finish.

Galatians 4:4
id: 2128

Series: Encore 2010






Crossing The Barriers

Evangelism. The word alone produces a tightness in the stomach and anguish in the hearts of many Christians. Does this nerve-jangling word produce that type of fear in you? That may be one of the barriers that hinders you from sharing the Good News of Christ.

Does the Bible call us to brazenly accost people in the streets with the demands of the gospel, and do we somehow think we will be able to coerce the unbeliever into believing the "Good News?" Many Christians misunderstand the biblical directives and shy away from such prospects thinking "I don’t have the ...


id: 23101



To Him


id: 2277


God's Revelation

This message is also part of "Pastor's Study, The - Volume 4"

Isaiah 66:2
id: 2276

Series: The Pastor's Study, Volume 4


Basics 2002

At this, the third annual Parkside Pastors’ Conference, Alistair Begg had the joy and privilege of introducing the three men who have had a significant influence on his ministry as a pastor and preacher - Derek Prime, Eric Alexander and Dick Lucas.

"[These men] are supremely men of the Word. Their enduring effectiveness for the Lord is grounded on the steady conviction that the Bible is God’s one and only means of making His voice heard in the church and the world today." - Alistair Begg

Derek Prime pastored an independent evangelical church in London and Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh, ...


id: 23502


Evidence, Faith, Life


id: GS563

Series: Basics 2002



Samuel's Ministry


id: GS559

Series: Basics 2002


The Key to John's Gospel


id: GS560

Series: Basics 2002


The Pre-eminent Word


id: GS564

Series: Basics 2002


Thirsting After God


id: GS562

Series: Basics 2002


Firm Foundation, Volume 1

'This is one exciting letter. This is one relevant letter. This is a study that I just can’t wait to start. And I hope that God will create a similar expectancy in your own heart and mind."-Alistair Begg

Paul had been part of this church in Corinth when it was established, but when he comes to write to it in 1 Corinthians, he’s writing to a church that has wandered from its established foundations. All kinds of teaching and doctrine had been imbibed by people who should have known better. Many of those in Corinth were not as interested in ...


Firm Foundation, Volume 2

“This is one exciting letter. This is one relevant letter. This is a study that I just can’t wait to start. And I hope that God will create a similar expectancy in your own heart and mind.” -Alistair Begg

The church in Corinth was a large church. Paul had been part of this church when it was established, but when he comes to write to the church in 1 Corinthians, he’s writing to a church that has wandered from its established foundations. All kinds of teaching and doctrine had been imbibed by people who should have known better. Many of ...


Jars Of Clay

We live in a world that is preoccupied with personality, and the influence of high-profile celebrities has a significant impact on the way people think and live. In contrast to this cult of human personality, the Bible is filled with examples of how God delights in using ordinary people in extraordinary ways.

These studies recount the lives of biblical characters that were used by God much like a clay pot in the hands of its maker. Some will be familiar and others will be new found friends. Through them we’ll discover the characteristics which mark useful people and see the ...


id: 22501


Journey to the Cross

Each of the Gospel writers considers the final steps of Christ to the cross, highlighting particular details according to their specific purpose. John is concerned with establishing the supremacy and victory of the Lord Jesus over the degradation and humiliation to which He is subjected.

It is apparent from John’s account that Pilate was seeking to evade the necessity of making a decision about Jesus. In that respect he’s probably like many of us. We really don’t want to have to face this issue. Pilate, though, was unable to adopt a posture of neutrality... and so are we. We ...







Obedience: Evidence /Strong

This message is also part of "Gospel According to Luke, The - Volume 3"

Luke 6:46
id: 2115

Series: A Christian Manifesto


Pictures that tell a Story

This message is also part of "Gospel According to Luke, The - Volume 3"

Luke 6:39
id: 2112

Series: A Christian Manifesto


The Power of the Gospel

Romans 1:16
id: 2111

Series: Encore 2011


Measure for Measure, Part 1

This message is also part of "Gospel According to Luke, The - Volume 3"

Luke 6:36
id: 2109

Series: A Christian Manifesto


Measure for Measure, Part 2

This message is also part of "Gospel According to Luke, The - Volume 3"

Luke 6:36
id: 2110

Series: A Christian Manifesto


The Golden Rule

This message is also part of "Gospel According to Luke, The - Volume 3"

Luke 6:31
id: 2108

Series: A Christian Manifesto


The Law of Love

This message is also part of "Gospel According to Luke, The - Volume 3"

Luke 6:27
id: 2106

Series: A Christian Manifesto




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