God warned Nebuchadnezzar in a dream to repent of his rebellion and pride, but he continued in sin, placing his trust in his own kingdom and authority. Alistair Begg reminds us that it is God’s great mercy that gives each person the opportunity to repent and turn to Him, but His justice awaits if we refuse. Understanding the sovereignty of God will either provoke us to rebellion or draw us to humbly bow before Him who establishes and removes the rulers of the earth.
Three times he was asked, and three times Peter denied that he knew Jesus - then a rooster crowed, and Peter was faced with his own failure. In our study of the final portion of Mark 14, we consider how this experience shaped the apostle's character, and how God uses brokenness in our lives to enable us to serve others for His sake.
The Lord Jesus knew what lay ahead for Judas, yet He treated his betrayer as a friend even at the Last Supper. In Mark 14:17-21, we explore the mystery that exists between the two truths of God's sovereignty and human responsibility for evil choices.
When the Pharisees challenged Jesus on the topic of divorce, in Mark 10, He did the same thing we should do when facing difficult issues: Return to First Principles - in this case, that marriage is a Creation ordinance, instituted by God as a pattern for all humanity.
Because marriage is part of God's purposes from creation, the Bible's instruction about marriage and divorce speaks to all marriages everywhere. Jesus' instruction in Mark 10 is unequivocal, and we cannot disregard it. But believers must apply it within the framework of gospel truth.
King Herod had the opportunity to repent when he heard God's Word. He chose to disregard the teaching he heard, though, and was trapped by his carelessness in distressing decisions. Are we falling into a similar trap today?
It could be the plot for a movie: An oppressed nation is looking for a liberator, but there’s a plan in the works to kill him before he can act. An innocent man dies willingly for guilty men. People are coming back to life from the dead and a body disappears. Centuries' worth of prophesies are about to be fulfilled, but not in the way anyone expected…and conspiracies and political intrigue surround it all.
By any measure, the final days of Christ’s life and the weeks and months immediately following his resurrection are filled with strange and perplexing events, themes, ...
In Mark 6, there are 3 responses of unbelief to Jesus’ teaching from people who knew him well. We should not be surprised, then, when we encounter unbelief to the Gospel today. This example from Christ’s life shows us that the Gospel has always advanced in a context of unbelief.
Personal, cultural, and theological challenges often impede a preacher from being an effective ambassador of God. Alistair Begg explains that persuading spiritually blind men and women to believe and repent must take precedence over all other agendas. A passionate love for the Gospel will enable pastors to speak with clarity, authority, and a sense of urgency.
Series: The Pastor's Study, Volume 5