Download or listen to sermons by Alistair Begg about the grace of God.
Most of us are interested in knowing how to be a better person. Sometimes our reasons are good, and at other times they are misguided. In this message, Alistair Begg leads us through the foundational Gospel principles that open Peter’s second letter. It is through God’s grace alone that we can be reconciled to Him and receive His promised help to live godly lives.
If we feel overall pretty good about ourselves and what God thinks of us, that's a good sign, right? Be careful - as we learn in this study on grace, it is recognizing our need of forgiveness that opens us to the salvation that Jesus provides.
When we’re facing a future devoid of prospects or possibilities, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. Ruth could relate. She was a penniless widow in a foreign land seeking a way to provide for herself and her widowed mother-in-law. Her future was totally dependent upon someone showing her unmerited grace and favor. Instead of giving up, she gives us an example of humility, initiative and faith as she seeks work and sustenance.
Peter closed his second letter with some helpful and straightforward instruction for believers as we seek to live for Jesus. Using the apostle’s final imperatives, Alistair Begg challenges us to exert ourselves to grow in holiness, to take seriously the responsibility to study the Bible, to be alert to the dangers that can lead us astray, and to actively grow in the grace and knowledge that leads to Christ-like character.
Effectively preaching God’s grace can only be accomplished when pastors truly understand what grace is and what it is not. We will either take refuge in the true Gospel, or seek security in spiritual self-sufficiency, legalism, or relativism. Alistair Begg helps us understand how the beauty of Christ’s work will produce joyful service.
Sometimes we’re called to step out in faith, not knowing the destination or the outcome. Ruth literally had to step out in faith as she went to the barley fields seeking someone in whose eyes she could find favor. As she proceeds in a seemingly random direction, God is actually ordering the events of Ruth’s life, leading her to work, food and a dramatically different future. Ruth had committed herself to the God of Israel, and she would soon discover that He was able to do immeasurably more than she could ever ask or imagine.