The Apostle Paul faced his approaching death with confidence in God, but also with real vulnerability. In this message from the concluding verses of 2 Timothy, Alistair Begg directs our attention to the important roles that Luke, Mark, and Tychicus played in the life and ministry of Paul. By their loyalty and usefulness, these men illustrate the practical value of faithful ministry to Christ and the providence of God in ordering even missteps and failures for His glory.
What future do we expect after death? Nearing the end of his life and the end of his final epistle, the Apostle Paul wrote with certainty about the future he expected. Alistair Begg explores the principles in 2 Timothy 4:8 in this message, explaining how Paul’s faith in Jesus as righteous Judge and Savior led to his hope of an eternal reward: a crown of righteousness that is secured for all who long for Christ’s return.
Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy with urgency because he understood that his death was near, and His foremost concern remained the preaching of the Gospel. Facing the reality of death, Paul recognized that his life had not been wasted, but was being poured out for God. This calm and direct approach to death contrasts greatly with our contemporary culture. In this message Alistair Begg encourages us to consider that judgment follows death and to trust in Christ’s offer of salvation as we face our own mortality.
Judas Iscariot’s attitude and choices determined his destiny, yet God was able to use his sin – even his betrayal of Jesus – to achieve His purposes. In this study of Mark 14:10, we learn that God fulfills His sovereign plan without interfering with the individual’s freedom of choice. Alistair Begg reminds us that the treachery of Judas is a warning to the Church against the “profession of Christ without the possession of Christ.”
Series: Lessons For Life, Volume 3
Joseph of Arimathea was wealthy, well-respected, and religious. He was also a secret disciple of Jesus until the events of the crucifixion brought him into the open with a courageous request to care for the body of Jesus. The cross of Christ confronts us just as it confronted Joseph. Alistair Begg challenges us to consider whether we are living as secret disciples and to respond to the good news of the Gospel in repentance and faith.
Be sure to listen as we conduct a one-on-one conversation with Alistair Begg. He’ll have some follow-up thoughts about our study of Joseph and even on matters of life and death.
What is life? What does it mean, to be truly alive? Beginning in Proverbs, then expanding through Old and New Testament scriptures, this study draws together what the Word of God has to say about human life: it is sacred, abundant, and eternal.
Our culture has become increasingly preoccupied with living forever. But the Bible tells us that we have a created beginning and an appointed death. In part two of the message, “Gospel Conversations”, Alistair unpacks how Christians should remember this themselves, and then how to share the reality of these two truths with friends and co-workers.
Nothing on earth fully satisfies us because we were actually created for eternity. In this message, Alistair Begg reminds us that God wants us to enjoy life in order to bring Him glory and that even the mundane acts of life are a gift from God. With this awareness, we can find comfort, a humble sense of security, and a better understanding of our significance.
Series: Chasing The Wind