Why bother with the Bible? Some are asking because they think it’s nothing more than an archaic book about life in another time, something that has no relevance in the twenty-first century. That’s why it plays even less of a role in worship services today. "Why would anyone devote so much time to teaching the Bible, Alistair. Let’s just worship!" Sadly, I’ve heard comments like that more than once in my journeys. Yet the truth is that studying the Bible is worship. It’s central to the worship service and gives voice to our praise. Also it’s the only place we ...
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.
"I don’t want you to be ignorant. . ."
With these opening words, the Apostle Paul embarks upon the sensitive journey of encouraging the Corinthian church to show wisdom and discernment in the gifts and abilities of its members. As we’ll learn, this is primary in the health of the local church, for ignorance will breed those who are susceptible to wrong teaching. Wrong teaching leads to wrong living, and wrong living ultimately generates ineffectiveness in the body of Christ.
Chapter 12 of 1 Corinthians is concerned with the volatile issue of spiritual gifts. What are they? How are they ...
It’s the time of year to start thinking about picking the right gift for loved ones. In this message, we’re reminded that God Himself is the One who gives perfect gifts at the perfect time. Every good and perfect gift comes from God. Every breath of life, every good night’s sleep, every true friend, every word of Scripture. You could write your own list of blessings, too as Alistair Begg teaches on The Goodness of God.
Series: Thankful Living
If you could choose one word to describe your life, would you say that you’re content? For most of us, that’s the last word we’d use! Alistair Begg turns to the pages of Scripture for a realistic look at personal satisfaction and what it means to have a truly thankful heart.
Series: Thankful Living
In the courtroom before Governor Festus and King Agrippa, Paul explained how he was transformed from Saul, the chief persecutor of Christians, to the Apostle Paul, commissioned servant of Christ. Through this study of Acts 26:16-18, Alistair Begg illustrates how God calls unlikely individuals to be witnessing servants of Christ. God’s call is not dependent upon our special talents, but upon His authority, His security, and the clarity found in His Word.
At his hearing, Paul defended his commitment to Christ and preached a message of repentance. Alistair Begg shows how Paul’s candid, persistent, respectful presentation of the Gospel sets an example for all who preach. Despite the clarity and sincerity of the delivery, the response to the message will be varied until the heart of the listener is ready to receive it.