Paul had been been deserted by his friends, but he took comfort in the presence of Christ, knowing that it would allow the message of the Gospel to be proclaimed. Alistair Begg provides four verbs to describe Paul's situation in prison: opposed, deserted, strengthened, and rescued. This example reminds us that the comfort we experience from the presence of the Lord with us is directly related to His purposes for us.
How do we understand the fatherhood of God? Alistair Begg poses four questions as he helps us consider what it means to be children of God. While every person is a product of God's handiwork, not all are members of His spiritual family. Those who know God as their Father receive a new identity and are freed from the sinful nature into which we were born.
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.
It’s not unusual for men and women to ask whether there is any order and meaning in the chaotic world around us. Alistair Begg explains that the doctrine of the providence of God enables the Christian to offer a different perspective. All things are ordered by God for His glory, and because He is both powerful and good, we can find comfort and security in trusting His providence.
In the conclusion of Paul's second letter to Timothy, we learn that Paul had been deserted by his once-committed friend, Demas. Demas’s actions were motivated by a deeper problem: he had come to love this world and had cast aside his love for Jesus. Like Demas, all Christians have the potential to fall away from our commitment to Christ. Alistair Begg presents an example to avoid as he urges us to turn away from sin and persevere in obedience to God, our Savior.
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.
As the Apostle Paul reflected on his life, it was Christ’s work that he saw: converting him and changing his heart, commissioning him to proclaim and preserve the true Gospel, and strengthening him by grace to persevere through suffering and struggle. In describing Paul’s mission and means, Alistair Begg encourages us to consider our own lives and continually look to Jesus for strength and direction.
When the culture says we are at the center of the universe, the result is self-absorption that leads to emptiness and meaninglessness. Alistair Begg reminds graduating students and us that the remedy is not found in boasting in our own wisdom, strength, or wealth, but in knowing God as He has revealed Himself in the Lord Jesus. With that foundation, we can know life that is truly meaningful as our lives are poured out in service to God.