Are our lives determined by fate or chance? Did God create the universe and then step aside to watch history unfold from a distance? In this message, Alistair Begg challenges us to consider that according to the Bible, the details of our lives actually unfold within the providence of God. He is working in every circumstance – good and bad – for His glory. The Christian can take comfort in the knowledge that all of our days unfold in the care of our loving Father.
Whether it is the overt hostility faced by Christians in other parts of the world or subtle clashes with our own society’s ungodly mindset, all true believers experience some form of the “persecution” about which Paul warned Timothy. Beginning with these verses from 2 Timothy 3, Alistair Begg helps us consider the practical cost of living a godly life. As we learn to think biblically, we can respond to our circumstances in a Christlike manner.
At the start of the third chapter of his second letter to Timothy, Paul warned this young pastor about difficulties he could expect from the surrounding culture. Alistair Begg helps us see that these same difficulties have faced every generation of believers, and explains how the world’s “solution” to the underlying problem is itself part of the problem. Only in Christ do we find the real answer: loving God above all.
In this series of messages, Alistair Begg takes a closer look at God’s providential care and the Christian’s appropriate response. We are reminded that God is sovereign over our entire existence and that our lives matter to Him. He uses even our mistakes and disappointments in the process of conforming us to the image of His Son.
While the Lord does not reveal His purposes to us in advance, our security is in knowing that we are in the hands of a loving, compassionate God. As a result, the Christian’s perspective on current issues will be drastically different from ...
Some things are easy to understand. Other things require some thinking on our part before we grasp what we’re reading or hearing. In his final letter, the Apostle Paul called Timothy to this kind of reflection with regard to suffering for the sake of the Gospel. Alistair Begg points out how we can come to a correct understanding of suffering in our own lives: as we think biblically and focus on Jesus, we can learn to face difficulties in the strength and wisdom that He provides.
How can burnout be a problem in ministry when Christ Himself encouraged His followers to give up everything for the sake of the Gospel? Christopher Ash explains that there is a vital difference between living sacrificially for Jesus and pursuing our calling in a way that leads to mental and physical exhaustion. When Christian leaders bear in mind that we are created by God from dust and that all of our endeavors are dependent on Him for success, we are reminded that Gospel ministry is a humbling privilege and enabled to rejoice that we are recipients of God's grace in ...
Series: Basics 2014
The final chapter of Ecclesiastes calls us to fear God and commit ourselves to Him. As Alistair Begg demonstrates, this chapter details for the audience the opportunity of youth, the frailty of life, the reality of death, and the certainty of judgment. Into a culture of abject meaninglessness that is not unlike our own, Ecclesiastes also gives us something to live for.
Series: Basics 2014
When placed in a potentially life-threatening predicament, Esther responded with determined obedience to God. Just as God placed Esther in a unique position for a unique purpose, He has done the same for every Christian. Alistair Begg challenges us to consider whether every circumstance of our lives, both good and bad, may have been fashioned by God to place us where we are for such a time as this.
Series: Lessons For Life, Volume 3