Download or listen to five sermons by Alistair Begg about trials.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ can be difficult to talk about – its message may be foreign or even offensive to others. The Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy to not be ashamed but to be willing to suffer for preaching the truth, and in this message Alistair Begg explores how that relates to our lives today. Suffering for the Gospel in this way exposes our own weakness and provides an opportunity for God’s power to be displayed through us.
When hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes or other disasters occur, we tend to think that God has fallen asleep on the job. Why would He let something like this happen? This timeless question finds its answer in God's providential and loving care. This is a God who plants His footsteps in the sea and the winds and the waves obey Him. This message was given in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but an understanding that God has loving reasons for all such events helps us rise above the storm, setting our minds and hearts on solid ground.
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.
Whatever form persecution may take, it is a part of the Christian experience. In the first of a two-part study of Romans 12:14, we learn that the Christian response isn’t retaliation or revenge, but earnestly seeking God’s blessing for those who persecute us.
How can we “bless those who persecute us?” By remembering God’s love and mercy to us, and by depending on the Holy Spirit’s power, we can pray for their salvation.