King Belshazzar threw an extravagant feast marked by sacrilege, idolatry, and pride. Although he knew how God had dealt with Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar failed to humble himself before the Lord. Alistair Begg explains that this story represents a major theme of Daniel, that God has authority over every earthly ruler and kingdom, and He is the only one worthy of our worship. No one is innocent before God, but He freely offers forgiveness to those who humble themselves before His goodness and power.
God's design is that the local church matures as individuals exercise their gifts for the good of the whole. In this message from Romans 12, Alistair Begg points out that the encouragement to use our gifts comes with a necessary warning to avoid pride. We must use whatever gifts God has given us in humility so that the Church will be built up to the glory of God.
Life can seem fragile and unbearable without the confidence that our times are in God’s hands. Whether we prosper or face uncertainty or adversity, the Christian response should not include pride, panic, or self-pity, but gratitude and faith in God. While there is great security found when we rest in God’s providence, Alistair Begg clarifies the responsibilities that remain ours as we humbly submit to the Lord’s will.
Series: Lessons For Life, Volume 3
Esther’s prayers were answered as she acted in faith and approached the king. Instead of making her request right away, she invited him to a banquet – and invited Haman, the Jews’ enemy, as well! As we see the stark contrast between her wisdom and Haman’s pride, we are encouraged by Alistair Begg to act wisely and depend on God’s sovereign purpose.
Series: The Unseen God, Volume 2
Pastoral ministry comes with the great delight of being set apart by the call of God to the cause of the Gospel. In this personal message, Alistair Begg reflects on the many other joys and challenges that accompany ministry in a local church over the long haul.
Series: The Pastor's Study, Volume 6
Our word choices can cause strife and dissension, or they can encourage, nourish, and help the hearers. Alistair Begg encourages us to consider how our words can harm or help others and how we may use words to hide.
Series: Encore 2014
Series: Lessons For Life, Volume 2
Alistair Begg shares words of wisdom from the flyleaf of his Bible with students on the threshold of a new academic year. First, if Jesus Christ is worth serving, He is worth serving well. Second, the matter of our head is an important matter: how we think and how we think about ourselves. Third, if our prayer is meager, then it is because we believe it to be supplemental and not fundamental. Fourth, relationships are vital. Finally, most spiritual progress is made through the difficult days and not through the days that yield success.
The world tells us that self-confidence is the key to success. But the Bible warns that confidence in ourselves can actually be the path to disaster in the Christian life. Instead, Christians should be mindful of our own frailty, learn from the examples that scripture provides, avoid presumption, and flee temptation.