The stories Jesus told described a King and a Kingdom unlike any other. Jesus’ words challenged His hearers to consider the magnitude of their sin and the depth of mercy that they could never deserve. Like those in Jesus’ day, we too are prone to misunderstand how these stories testify to the realities of Christ’s Kingdom. In a culture that is reluctant to embrace absolute truth, it can be convenient to marginalize who Jesus is and why He came to earth. Like the rich young ruler, we may consider ourselves to be moral people with no need for a Savior. ...
It's easy for local congregations to become comfortable and allow our outreach to neighbors and friends to wane. But the pattern of our Lord is a passionate commitment to spread the good news of the kingdom of God. In this message from Matthew 9:36-38, Alistair Begg explains that taking our responsibility to share the gospel seriously means making Jesus' priorities our own by seeing those around us clearly, caring deeply, thinking properly, and praying fervently.
What is pastoral ministry really about, at its core? The four-fold directive that the Apostle Paul gave to Timothy provides a clear perspective: always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry. In this message, Alistair Begg explores these timeless imperatives and encourages Christian ministers to persevere in preaching the Gospel even in the middle of a challenging culture.
How does one do Gospel ministry in a culture that is undergoing a serious moral crisis? In the opening session of the 2014 Basics Conference, Alistair Begg answers this question with a surprising reply: preach through Ecclesiastes! With a message as equally relevant and timely today as it was then, Ecclesiastes demands a fresh look.
Series: Basics 2014
Our “context” is the time and place in which we live – our society and the values of the people around us. The Apostle Paul wrote his final letter to Timothy with a goal of ensuring that future generations, no matter what their context, would hear the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ preached rightly. In this message, Alistair Begg addresses the importance of conserving the content of the Gospel message, because its eternal truths are needed by people in every culture, in every generation.
John 4 introduces us to a Samaritan woman with a questionable past. She was socially isolated and morally confused, but as Alistair Begg explains, she was in the place of God’s appointing for an encounter with the Savior. With gracious honesty, Jesus confronted her need and revealed Himself as Lord. Every person we encounter has the same need, and every Christian can learn from the clarity and compassion of the Lord Jesus.
Series: An Extraordinary Encounter
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.