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Dealing with Division, Part 2

When churches lose their focus on Christ, the congregation begins to fall apart. Alistair Begg focuses on Paul’s correction to the ancient churches and to our own. If you’ve ever experienced the division and disunity in a local church, listen to what the Apostle Paul has to say.

Series: Firm Foundation, Volume 1

Dealing with Division , Part 1

Anyone who’s attended church for a number of years knows that the squabbles and divisions within the congregation can rival those outside of it! Alistair Begg turns to 1 Corinthians for the Apostle Paul’s wisdom in dealing with divisions.

Series: Firm Foundation, Volume 1

God is Faithful

If the Apostle Paul could write a letter to your home church, what would it say? Most likely, it would sound a lot like the document in our Bible the first letter to the Corinthians! Alistair Begg describes the firm foundation of God’s church and presents Paul’s message to its members.

Series: Firm Foundation, Volume 1

The Church in Corinth

We’ll open to the book of 1 Corinthians to observe a first century church that had drifted from its original moorings. And in the meantime we’ll learn a lot about our own tendency to wander.

Series: Firm Foundation, Volume 1

Present Faith & Future Hope

We all enjoy closing out the old year and ringing in the new. But don’t just let 2010 leave without knowing your Present Faith and Future Hope. Take a few minutes to reflect on eternity today.

Psalms 16:1
id: 1578

Series: Psalms, Volume 2

Parable of the Tenants

Luke 20:9
id: 1579

The Hinge Of Salvation

When Jesus, the perfect Son of God, came to earth to offer Himself as a sacrifice for sin, He flung the door to salvation wide open to everyone who wants to enter. Alistair Begg points out from Romans Chapter 1 what it is that makes that redemption so accessible.

Romans 3:21-31
id: 1574

Take the Test, Part 1

Listen to Part 2 here! »

The question asked by David, applies to us all, "Will I stand in God's holy hill?" Essentially, do we exemplify the lifestyle of Psalm 15? Alistair reminds his listeners that it is possible to be so close to Christ and the teachings of Christ, yet not be members of his family. However, Psalm 15 ought not to be viewed as a list of things to do to be acceptable to God. Alistair reminds his listeners that faith produces works, not the other way around.

Psalms 15:1
id: 1571

Series: Psalms, Volume 2

Take the Test, Part 2

Listen to Part 1 here! »

As Alistair goes through Psalm 15 he says four areas are to be examined: our walk/integrity, our talk, our declaration of allegiance and our honor. He reminds us that becoming a Christian changes how we walk, where we walk and with whom we walk and that faith produces obedience and holiness.

Psalms 15:1
id: 1572

Series: Psalms, Volume 2

The Great Miscalculation

Psalms 14:1
id: 1569

Series: Psalms, Volume 2

Use It or Lose It

Luke 19:11
id: 1570

Pride and Prejudice

Luke 18:9
id: 1568

Choosing to Trust

This messages is also part of "When the Wheels Fall Off?"

Psalms 13:1
id: 1566

Series: Psalms, Volume 2

The Persistent Prayer

Luke 18:1
id: 1565

Tell Us Pleasant Things

Psalms 12:1
id: 1563

Series: Psalms, Volume 2

Runaway World

Psalms 11:1
id: 1562

Series: Psalms, Volume 2

Money Matters

Luke 16:1
id: 1561

No Room for God

Psalms 10:1
id: 1559

Series: Psalms, Volume 2

The Other Son

Luke 15:25
id: 1560

Characteristics of Christian Love, Part Two

Love is not easily angered, love keeps no record of wrongs, love does not delight in evil, love rejoices in the truth, and love always protects. Alistair continues the study through the many characteristics of love listed in one of the most challenging sections to the church in the Bible.

Series: Encore 2013

Characteristics of Christian Love, Part One

In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul unpacks for us the nature of love, listing the qualities and activities which are to be top priorities in our lives, and therefore in our corporate life together within a local church. Alistair works through seven of the fifteen facets of love mentioned in this great hymn of love.

Series: Love in the Local Church

The Church in the Mirror

The church in Corinth was experiencing division and confusion, a problem that lay in absence of agape love. Paul writes this magnificent song of Christian love to humble the church and show us what really matters to God. Without Christ-like love, we are but noisy nuisances, our gifts are useless, and we gain nothing in the giving of our lives.

Series: Love in the Local Church

Christmas? So What?

Titus 2:11-15
id: 1711

The Greatest Story Ever Told

John 3:16
id: 1710

Wonderful Counselor

Isaiah 9:6
id: 1709

Good News for Lawbreakers

The Ten Commandments confront us with the truth that we are all lawbreakers who deserve God’s wrath. As Alistair Begg reminds us, our response should not be to try harder in order to improve our standing before God, but to look to the One who has provided all that we need for salvation. It is only in relying exclusively on the work of Jesus that lawbreakers can be made right with God.

Romans 3:20-21
id: 1707

Series: Pathway to Freedom

This Poor Man Cried

Psalms 34:6
id: 1708

The Other Man's Grass

When we desire what others have, our hearts have fallen prey to covetousness. Alistair Begg explains that covetousness promotes selfishness and pride while destroying relationships. The measure of our lives is in commitment to Christ rather than in what we might possess. We will only succeed in battling covetousness when we set our sights on knowing and serving Him.

Exodus 20:17
id: 1705

Series: Pathway to Freedom

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

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

Belief And Behavior, Volume 1

The Thessalonian church held a tender place in the heart of the Apostle Paul. In this expositional study of Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, we see a paradigm for pastoral ministry, emphasizing the life-changing content of the gospel and concerns of Paul’s heart for their healthy spiritual growth.

Having established the believers in good Biblical theology, Paul clearly addresses issues of practical Christian behavior -- sexual morality, work, honest living. The doctrinal foundations of the believers’ hope, namely, the resurrection and return of Christ are established. And finally, the principles of healthy corporate life and worship within the local church ...

Comfort In Chaos

What could be more appropriate in an “age of anxiety” than a message from God which speaks comfort in the midst of chaos! In Isaiah’s day, the people had lost sight of God and His greatness. With the “vertical hold” gone, the horizontal dimension of their lives began to show the stress fractures. Even a brief essay of current events reveals direct parallels between then and now. These ancient words speak with timeless relevance encouraging the weary, correcting the faulty, and reminding the forgetful that God’s transcendence means not that He is too great to care, but that He is ...

Isaiah 40:31
id: 12301

The Marks of a God-Given Ministry

Paul’s letter to the Colossians provides a standard for today’s Church to determine the marks of a God-given ministry. Alistair Begg walks us through the pastor’s pattern, purpose, and pleasure in ministry as modeled by Paul. By God’s energy and enabling, a pastor is able to present the Word of God in all of its fullness, encouraging unity and spiritual maturity in the congregation.

Series: The Pastor's Study, Volume 1

Good News in a Bad News World

In 2 Kings 5:1-14, we are introduced to Naaman, a commander in the king's army. Naaman had great power, prestige, and was a mighty man of valor. But he was also a leper. Similarly, sin today is like leprosy of the soul. It does not respect status and cannot be cured by great success. Discover Naaman's response to the unexpected cure, and God's solution for today's spiritual leprosy.

2 Kings 5:1-14
id: 1875

Series: Jars Of Clay

Pharaoh's Dream

Genesis 41
id: 1866

Series: Providence, Volume 1

What is a Confessing Evangelical?

id: 1867

Lessons from the Dungeon, Part Two

There is a certain security that results from trusting in God's providence, knowing that He can use even our failures for His glory and our good. Alistair Begg says that in recognizing this, the believer can face death with composure, celebrate life to the fullest, deal with disappointment without losing hope, and rest in God's unfailing goodness.

Genesis 40:1-23
id: 1862

Series: My Times Are In Your Hands

Lessons from the Dungeon, Part One

Alistair Begg examines the life lessons of Joseph revealed in the book of Genesis. Like Joseph, the Christian is to live a life with a God-centered focus, tell the truth without ambiguity, and rightly prepare for death.

Genesis 40:1-23
id: 1861

Series: My Times Are In Your Hands

Glory to God

Some passages of the Bible extol God's character, and it can be tempting to rush through these sections in search of more practical aspects. However, Alistair Begg suggests that taking time to consider the attributes of God is how we maintain a proper perspective of Him and ourselves. Careful consideration of how powerful, perfect, and praiseworthy God is will change our thinking, our actions, and our experience of security.

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2

... So Do Not Fear

When you get overwhelmed with fear, do you turn to God or to some form of synthetic comfort of your own invention? Isaiah 41:10 says, “Do not fear for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Alistair Begg uncovers this topic in this message.

Isaiah 41:10
id: 2005

Series: Dangers, Toils and Snares

The Good Confession

Paul exhorted Timothy to blamelessly keep the good confession that Jesus made when testifying before Pontius Pilate. Alistair Begg uses additional Scripture passages to remind us what that confession was and what it means for us today. Jesus was bold in His confession, and He calls us to be bold in our commitment to Him because neutrality of faith is not an option.

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2

A Charge to a Man of God, Part Two

In addition to avoiding sin, church leaders must also pursue virtue. In this message, Alistair Begg examines righteousness and godliness, which can only be achieved through the transforming work of Christ. Our pursuit of righteousness and godliness is revealed in the use or abuse of our time, money, talent, and appetite.

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2

A Charge to a Man of God, Part One

Paul directed Timothy to avoid the lifestyle of the false teachers who saw ministry as a means to financial gain. Alistair Begg teaches us that leaders establish the pattern of spiritual maturity for the church by what they pursue and what they set their minds against. Godly living is not accomplished by human effort alone, but is the result of God’s grace and divine enabling.

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2

Contentment or Corruption, Part One

The world seduces us with suggestions for happiness--wealth, power, the ideal weight, and bigger, faster, fancier possessions. Alistair Begg suggests that the acquisition of all these things only leaves the heart longing for more. Christian contentment is found in trusting in God’s provision rather than placing our hope in what we can acquire.

1 Timothy 6:6-10
id: 1992

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2

Contentment or Corruption, Part Two

Neither money nor wealth is inherently evil, but the love of money exposes an individual to temptation and the danger of falling into the devil’s trap. Alistair Begg explains telltale signs that indicate an inordinate love of money. While money may give the illusion of security, it actually breeds anxiety and ruin when it replaces God in man’s affections.

1 Timothy 6:6-10
id: 1993

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2

False Teachers

The purity of the Gospel must be maintained through successive generations so that false teaching can be readily detected. Alistair Begg outlines the characteristics of false teachers and the consequences of their teaching, noting that they primarily seek glory and profit for themselves. Christians in every generation must beware of the temptation of novelty preaching and remember that “the main things are the plain things and the plain things are the main things.”

1 Timothy 6:3-5
id: 1990

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2

True Servants

Paul seems to endorse slavery in 1 Timothy 6:1-5, but, Alistair Begg demonstrates that Paul's overarching concern was that God would be glorified and the Gospel would be attractive. Similarly, in modern culture, true servants of Christ will respect their bosses, work hard, and maintain a godly attitude, regardless of their circumstances or treatment. By these means, God is glorified and others may be drawn to Christ.

1 Timothy 6:1-5
id: 1988

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2

Lessons in Leadership, Part One

While all Christians are responsible to the leadership of Jesus Christ, God has appointed certain men to be held accountable for leading local congregations. Such responsibility deserves honor and remuneration, but can also be accompanied by allegations of misconduct. Alistair Begg cautions that accusations against a leader should only be considered when there is corroboration, and if discipline is necessary, it should be purposeful and restorative.

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2

Lessons in Leadership, Part Two

Whether sin is publicly exposed or remains hidden and secret, it never escapes the watchful gaze of God. Wise judgment and patience are necessary in appointing and disciplining church leaders, and we must avoid favoritism, which can eventually destroy a local church. Alistair Begg reminds us that leaders must diligently guard their own integrity and purity if they are to be useful in serving God.

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2

The Goodness of God, Part 1

We often say things like, “Oh, he’s a good guy.” Or, “Yes, that’s a good restaurant.” But when the word “good” is applied to the character of God, it elevates this virtue to a whole new level! In this message, Alistair Begg provides a biblical definition for The Goodness of God.

Nehemiah 9:6
id: 1739

Series: Encore 2010

How To Avoid Marital Failure

God intends that our marriages be full of liveliness and abundant affection for each other. A lifeless marriage is usually the result of not consistently paying attention to the basics. It’s easy to take our spouse for granted, and maintaining a wonderful marriage is hard work. Alistair Begg gives us 16 helpful principles that will help us build meaningful, lasting marriages.

id: 1738

Series: We Two Are One

Some Strange Ideas

If you were to do an informal survey asking those around you what they think of the death and resurrection of Jesus, many would shrug it off as nothing more than a collection of strange ideas. Alistair Begg considers a section of Scripture that addresses this attitude and reveals the facts about the events we celebrate at Easter.

Acts 17:30
id: 1734

Series: Some Strange Ideas


Luke 23:32-43
id: 1733

Bring Out the Book

In an age where tolerance is elevated above truth and the spirit of entertainment is pervasive, Alistair Begg uses this study of Nehemiah 8:1-12 to establish the primary, foundational importance of preaching with conviction regarding the authority of the Bible. When God’s people gather expectantly and listen attentively as Scripture is taught, they will respond with sincere worship and depart with joy.

Nehemiah 8:1-12
id: 1729

Series: The Pastor's Study, Volume 1

Peter's Failure

Mark 14:27-72
id: 1726

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