While there are many ideas surrounding corporate singing and music in the church, the Bible is clear on God’s directive to worship Him alone in a manner that is spiritual, rational, and grounded in Scripture. Alistair Begg takes questions from the audience as he instructs pastors to model the practice of worship they hope to see reflected in their congregations.
Series: Basics 2015
Although our hearts naturally praise the things we value, thanksgiving – the giving of thanks – is a choice: we choose what we are thankful for, and we choose to whom we are thankful. In this message, Alistair Begg encourages us to choose to give thanks every day to the Lord, both because He is God and because He is good.
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.
The Psalmists' exhortations to praise can be discouraging if not viewed in light of the Gospel. In this message, Christopher Ash turns to the book of Psalms to lead us into a deeper of understanding of who God is. Psalm 146 demonstrates how the typical introduction of asking, “How’s your praise life?” is inadequate. Instead, the Psalms invite us to see how Jesus rightfully and perfectly fulfilled these exhortations to praise, enabling us to live a life of praise to God as well.
Series: Basics 2014
A woman came to Jesus with a gift unique in its thoughtfulness, costly in its bestowal, timely in its provision, challenging in its impact, and lasting in its memory. In this message, Alistair Begg introduces us to this woman, who understood that following Jesus was about complete abandonment and that giving up her future was a small price to pay to worship her Savior. When the grace of God takes hold of a life, extravagant worship is the normal response to what Christ has done.
Series: An Extraordinary Encounter
If you had just seen a multitude of angels, what would you be talking about when you went into town? The shepherds in Luke 2 focused on what the angels had said - their message of a Savior's birth - and not on the drama of the experience. Mary also pondered the meaning of the shepherds' testimony. In concluding this series on Jesus' birth, Alistair Begg draws our attention to the historical nature of the gospel accounts: this is evidence that supports belief, not just an emotional response.
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.
Would you describe Christian worship as a great celebration? With our deliverance in view, that is what we should expect. In this message from Colossians 1:9-15, Alistair Begg reminds us that the source of Christian joy and the fuel for godly living is the work that Christ has done on our behalf.
When the woman broke the alabaster jar and poured her ointment on Jesus' feet in Mark 14, she gave up a treasured possession. Some who were there saw this as extravagant and wasteful, but what did the Lord see? He recognized her action as true worship, and called it "beautiful."