Whether preaching from the Old Testament or an epistle or directly from a Gospel, the Scripture itself should determine the way in which a sermon unfolds. Pointing to the book of Ruth, Alistair explains the importance of immersing oneself in the details of the story; the sights, the sounds and the emotion, and warns against overlooking the pieces that hint at something more. There is, in the narrative of Ruth, a question that presses readers to make a choice about their relationship with God.
1In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 2The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. 3But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, 5and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.
6Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited his people and given them food. 7So she set out from the place where she was with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. 8But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother's house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9The Lord grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. 10And they said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” 11But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? 12Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, 13would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me.” 14Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
15And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. 17Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” 18And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.
19So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?” 20She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi;1 call me Mara,2 for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?”
22So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.
How has God been speaking to you through His Word in the past year? In Encore 2010, we’re highlighting some of the most requested messages from the past 12 months. With topics such as fear and anxiety, giving, attitudes, family, the church, and faith and salvation, there is encouragement from God’s Word for everyone.
|So Do Not Fear||Isaiah 41:10|
|A Biblical Approach to Anxiety||1 Peter 5:7|
|On Death and Dying||Ecclesiastes 12:1-14|
|Contentment or Corruption, Part Two||1 Timothy 6:6-10|
|Overflowing with Thankfulness, Part Two||Exodus 35:1-35|
|Asking God for Wisdom||James 1:5-8|
|The Goodness of God, Part One||Nehemiah 9:6-15|
|Redirecting Our Families||Nehemiah 9:38-10:39|
|Nature and Meaning of the Lord's Supper||Luke 22:17-20|
|The Baptism Debate||Acts 16:11-15|
|Three Facts True of Every Christian||1 Peter 1:1-2|
|Why God Sent His Son||Galatians 4:4 - Lamentations 4:5|
|Be Like Jesus|
When you teach a small child a new skill, it’s helpful to repeat it over and over. Likewise, as adults, we often learn best when we hear and apply a lesson or truth multiple times.
This compilation of our most popular messages of the year, chosen by our listeners, is designed to do just that: repeat the truths of God’s Word to us so that we can more fully understand the Bible and apply it to our lives. With messages on the meaning of the Gospel, God’s nature, spiritual warfare, trials and sufferings, and wisdom in relationships, this series will challenge all who listen.
|What is the Gospel?||Romans 1:16-17|
|The Power of the Gospel||Romans 1:16|
|About 12 Almost Christians||Acts 19:1-10|
|Are We Blind Too?||John 9:39-41|
|The Age of the Spirit||Acts 2:1-13 Acts 2:32-33|
|The Paradox of Christian Freedom||Romans 6:15-23|
|Spiritual Warfare||Ephesians 6:10-12|
|The Advantage of Weakness||2 Chronicles 20:1-19|
|Why Suffering||Job 16:7-17|
|The Biblical Role of Women||Titus 2:4-8|
|Teach Your Children Well, Part Two||Proverbs 22:6|
|Relationships||1 Peter 3:1-7|
Our most popular messages of 2012 are rich in both instruction and inspiration. For those seeking to strengthen their understanding and walk of faith, this series of messages from Alistair Begg points time and again to the One who provides both. Encore 2012 contains essential messages on the characteristics of true discipleship, the model for fatherhood, navigating life's difficulties, what it means to be a committed follower of Christ, and how Jesus fulfills God's purpose finally and fully. This series offers clarity and guidance to those desiring to live according to the will of God.
|A Christian Manifesto, Part One||Luke 6:20-27|
|A Christian Manifesto, Part Two||Luke 6:20-27|
|Divorce, Part One||Mark 10:1-9|
|Responding to Persecution, Part 1||Romans 12:14|
|Attitude Is Everything||Genesis 39:16-23|
|Prophet, Priest, King||Hebrews 1:1-4|
|One Thing You Lack||Mark 10:17-22|
|After Darkness, Light||Romans 3:21-26|
|The Calling of Committed Followers||Luke 5:1|
|And When I Come to Die||Hebrews 11:22|
|About Times and Dates, Part One||1 Thessalonians 4:13-18|
Once God rescues us from our sin, we can come to know Him more deeply by learning from His Word again and again. Encore 2013 presents a diverse collection of listener favorites from the past year. Spanning a variety of topics including the relevance of the Bible, church ministry, Christian character, and the biblical record of Jesus’ ministry, this series contains essential teaching that will navigate believers further down the road of their spiritual journey.
|The Bible: An Overview||Luke 24:27|
|Why Bother With The Bible?, Part One||2 Timothy 3:14-17|
|How to Ruin a Church's Effectiveness||Ephesians 4:25|
|The Pulpit: Its Powers and Pitfalls||1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5|
|Characteristics of Christian Love, Part Two||1 Corinthians 13:4-7|
|The Weakness of Power||2 Chronicles 26|
|A Warning Against Laziness||Proverbs 24:23-24 Proverbs 26:13-16|
|Holding Firmly to the End, Part One||Hebrews 3:1-19|
|Grace and Forgiveness||Mark 2:13-14|
|Sabbath Controversy||Mark 2:23-3:6|
|That's What Friends Are||Philippians 2:19-30|
|Compassionate Shepherd||Luke 7:1|
Does the Gospel speak to all of life? Our compilation of listener favorites from 2014 answers that question with a resounding “Yes.” In these messages, Alistair Begg explores God’s power to redeem and keep His people, His faithfulness in good times and bad from generation to generation, and the clarity with which His Word speaks into all of our circumstances and relationships. This series provides essential reminders that the basics of the Christian faith are the foundation upon which all of life is built.
|The Use and Abuse of Words||James 3:1-12|
|Alienation, Reconciliation||1 Peter 3:18|
|Becoming A Christian||Luke 5:12-13|
|The Biblical Basis For Baptism||Acts 2:36-47|
|The Patience of God||2 Peter 3:1-18|
|The Faithfulness of God||Lamentations 3:1-24|
|God's Faithfulness in Affliction||1 Peter 4:12-19|
|The Full Armor of God||Ephesians 6:13-18|
|True Living||Ecclesiastes 1:1-2:11|
|A Memorial Forever||Joshua 3:1-17 Joshua 4:1-24|
In triumphs and trials, in strength and weakness, in the smallest of details and in His eternal plan – God is always at work in and through the lives of His people. Encore 2015 collects listener favorites from the past year that provide Gospel insights from both Old and New Testaments in messages from Alistair Begg. Whatever circumstances we are facing, the messages in this series will remind us that God’s Word gives guidance for all people everywhere, calling us to develop our relationship with Him.
|The Priority of God's Word||1 Thessalonians 5:27-28|
|Passing on the Truth, Part Two||2 Timothy 2:1-2|
|When Trials Come, Part One||James 1:1-3|
|The Power of Weakness||2 Corinthians 12:1-10|
|Gideon, The Weakest & The Least||Judges 6:1-40|
|Mindful, Mighty, Merciful||Luke 1:46-56|
|Zechariah’s Song||Luke 1:67-75|
|Happiness Revisited||Psalms 32:10-11|
|The Unseen Hand of God||Esther 6:1-14|
|Seeing, Caring, Thinking, Praying||Matthew 9:35-38|
|The Other Man's Grass||Exodus 20:17|
|Good News for Lawbreakers||Romans 3:20-21|
Turning from sin and turning to Christ are marks of a converted life, but what does life look like after conversion? Encore 2016 brings together a collection of listener favorites from the Old and New Testaments to answer this question. In these messages, Alistair Begg explores how knowing God changes everything. Our relationships, words, deeds, and even our private thoughts are affected by accepting the truths of the Gospel. In addition to Gospel narrative, this compilation provides Biblical guidance on topics such as marriage, longing, submission, discipleship and church membership, showing us that a commitment to follow Christ is a commitment to bring all aspects of our life under His loving authority.
|I Take You||Genesis 2:24|
|How To Avoid Marital Failure|
|A Word to the Wise||Ecclesiastes 1:1-18|
|Eternity on My Mind||Ecclesiastes 3:1-15|
|Look and Be Amazed!||Habakkuk 1:5-2:1|
|The Fatherhood of God|
|The Birth of Jesus Christ, Part One||Luke 2:1-5|
|Preaching the Gospel from Ruth||Ruth 1:1-22|
|Submitting to God, Part One||James 4:7-10|
|Saying No to Slander||James 4:11|
|An Ill-Conceived Rebuke||Mark 8:31-9:1|
|Membership Matters||Romans 12:4-5|
|A Call to Commitment||Romans 12:1-2|
At a time when truth seems increasingly difficult to find, the 21st-century Christian must look to one place for guidance: God’s Word. Encore 2017 brings together a collection of listener favorites that point us to the Bible as we seek to connect with a lost and broken world. Whether we’re facing anxiety, struggling with laziness, or simply trying to be a better spouse, God’s Word offers a wealth of wisdom and encouragement. In these messages, Alistair Begg emphasizes the centrality of Scripture as it reveals God’s character, purpose, and plan for the lives of His children. With an identity rooted in what Christ accomplished on the cross, believers can confidently share the Word of God and help the perishing come face-to-face with their Savior.
|Bring Out the Book||Nehemiah 8:1-12|
|The Genealogy of Jesus||Matthew 1:1-17|
|No Place For Truth||Acts 17:16-34|
|The Danger of Deception||2 John 1:7-13|
|The Baptism Debate||Acts 16:11-15|
|Being a Wife-God's Way||1 Peter 3:1-6|
|Being a Husband-God's Way||1 Peter 3:7|
|A Warning Against Laziness||Proverbs 24:23-24 Proverbs 26:13-16|
|All Your Anxiety (The Cove)||1 Peter 5:7|
|An ART Lesson||Colossians 1:21-23|
|God of the Exiles||Daniel 1:1-21|
|Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God||John 6:35-40|
|Evangelism-Dealing with Difficulties, Part Two|