Paul’s trial before Felix illustrates that his passion to see unbelieving people become committed followers of Jesus Christ surpassed even his longing for freedom. Alistair Begg walks us through the charges of the high priest and Paul’s defense, noting the skillful way Paul used this as an opportunity to, once again, share the Gospel.
When presenting his defense to King Agrippa, Paul first established common ground with his accusers by explaining that, like them, he had vehemently opposed Christ. He then explained how he was divinely transformed and how Jesus was, in fact, the fulfillment of the Messianic promises of God. Alistair Begg reminds us that just as Jesus was the hope of Israel then, He remains the hope today for all who are alienated from God.
There can surely be no more vital theme for the church to consider than worship. This series of studies challenges the presuppositions and preoccupations of the "me generation" and lays out the biblical framework. Only when we are captured by an overwhelming sense of awe and reverence in the presence of God, will we begin to worship God in spirit and in truth. Then, and only then, may we expect visitors to our services to exclaim, "Surely God is in this place!"
After two years of wrongful imprisonment, Paul was brought before the new governor and visiting royalty to again face the unprovable charges of the Jewish leaders. Even in the midst of such grandeur and pageantry, Paul’s purpose was clear: rather than seizing the opportunity to defend himself, he urged all those present to trust in Jesus as Messiah and Savior. Alistair Begg uses Paul’s experience to illustrate how God can turn even the roadblocks we encounter at the hands of self-serving sinners into opportunities to display His glory and achieve His purposes.
The Apostle Paul was in no doubt as to his direction and purpose in life. In the very heart of this letter to the Philippians, he makes his focus clear. "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Throughout this letter, Paul urges upon these dear Philippian believers the need for them to be equally focused when it comes to the matter of living for Christ.
This series of studies will not only prove useful for the Christian who is seeking to get "back on track," but also ...
In Acts 21:1-16, the Holy Spirit appeared to give conflicting guidance first to Paul as he prepared to go to Jerusalem, and then to his friends, who desperately urged him not to go. Alistair Begg points out that the Holy Spirit cannot contradict Himself, but man’s deductions are fallible, even when they are admirable. In this emotional parting, we are given an illustration of the precious connection between those who love Christ, and we are cautioned to not allow our human emotions to cloud God's divine warnings.