As Paul was unjustly detained in jail, the plot to kill him was thwarted by Paul’s young nephew, a courteous commander, and obedient troops. Alistair Begg helps us step back from the unfolding drama of Acts 23:12-35 to view it from the Christian perspective so that we may see God’s sovereign plan being played out through simple, ordinary means and unnamed, ordinary people.
Paul’s appearance before the Sanhedrin provides a glimpse of the ordinariness of the extraordinary apostle Paul. Alistair Begg traces the thread that shows how God worked in all the details of Paul’s life, including violence, hostility, regrets, and disappointments, and reminds us that God continues to work out His purpose for each of us through the good, bad, and ordinary events of our lives.
Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 4:2-5 are the mandate for all those who are called to pastoral ministry. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once commented that "the work of preaching is the highest and greatest and most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called." He went on to say that "the most urgent need in the Christian church today is for true preaching and as it is the greatest and most urgent need in the church it is, obviously, the greatest need in the world also."
To a generation in which the priority of preaching has been sadly diminished, the apostolic ...
It is a popular contemporary notion that if you are devoted to God and obedient to His commands, then your life will be easy and pleasant. Paul’s experience illustrates that the opposite is true: the life of a faithful servant of God is often fraught with pain and struggle. Alistair Begg draws our attention to the evidence of God’s providence that prepared Paul for difficulty and assures us that God continues to change, protect, and guide the lives of believers.
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 ...
Upon his arrival in Jerusalem, Paul delivered a report of his latest mission trip to the church leadership, who responded with genuine God-centered praise. His arrival, however, also forced the church to confront rumors about his ministry that had run rampant in his absence. Alistair Begg explains that even in his approach to this issue, Paul’s overarching desire was to promote the Gospel and unity of God’s people.