As they leave the Temple in Mark 13, the disciples are impressed by its grandeur. Jesus uses this opportunity and challenges them not to get sidetracked with structures of religion - no matter how grand, they will end someday. The focus of our worship is eternal: Jesus Himself.
In the world, there have been many rulers who have promised us an everlasting reign of peace, but there is only one who prevails. In this message, Alistair takes us on a journey through the Bible which leads to the throne of the king who will reign forever.
Series: A Child is Born
“Paul wants the Corinthian church to understand that for the Christian, life down here is simply hors d’oeuvres. It’s just the first course, the soup course. In other words, if Jesus is alive today, this isn’t it. But if he isn’t, then this is futility. There’s really no way around this, loved ones.” -Alistair Begg.
What does the Bible have to say about life after death? What will happen to our bodies? Do believers go immediately to be with Christ or not? In this volume of Firm Foundation, Alistair Begg turns to Paul’s teaching on Christ’s death and resurrection, ...
One of the most memorable and inspiring scenes in the Bible is the "great multitude that no one could number" in Revelation 7. Looking more deeply at this passage, Alistair Begg explains the relationship between these worshippers gathered before God's throne and the Church's mission to take the Gospel to the whole world.
As 1 Thessalonians continues, the Apostle Paul addresses believers' questions about the Judgement Day of the Lord. Rather than charting dates and developing pet theories, the key is knowing who we are in Christ - allowing our identity as "children of light" to influence our actions and the way we live.
Injustice in the world can often cause us to become indifferent towards God’s promises. Like Job, we must welcome all occurrences, both good and bad, as part of God’s sovereign plan. Alistair Begg tells us that amidst all of life’s uncertainties, we can find rest in the ultimate certainty of Christ’s triumphal return.
Series: Faith that Works, Volume 4
When Jesus returns, how do we know that we will be accepted into His kingdom? Our assurance must be solely based on the finished work of Christ. Alistair Begg assures us that when we look back to the death of Christ in faith, we can look forward to His return with confidence.
Series: Faith that Works, Volume 4
When Jesus first arrived, he ushered in a “now” dimension to the kingdom of God. But there is also a “not yet” dimension to be fulfilled when He returns again. Jesus clearly told his disciples that there would be a great delay before His return. Why? To answer that question Alistair teaches us about a command and a promise Jesus gave. Find out why we are either those to whom the message of the kingdom needs to come, or those from whom the message needs to proceed.
Series: The Kingdom of God, Volume 2
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 ...
When we consider prophetic passages like Mark 13, it helps to look at large principles instead of zooming in on details. We cannot fully understand God's providence in our daily lives: how much less can we understand His cosmic purposes? The Lord Jesus takes the correct approach by focusing on principles like "God reigns," "Be watchful," and "Have peace."