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 good about ourselves and God’s opinion of us, that’s always a positive sign—right? God’s Word suggests otherwise. The Gospel isn’t about making ourselves acceptable to God; instead, it reveals what God has done on behalf of sinners to reconcile us to Himself. Alistair Begg teaches that it is only when we recognize ourselves as sinners who need forgiveness that we understand the significance of our need for a Savior.
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.
The effective preaching of God’s grace can only be accomplished when pastors truly understand what grace is—and what it is not. Will we seek security in spiritual self-sufficiency, legalism, or relativism? Or will we take refuge in the true Gospel? Alistair Begg helps us understand how the beauty of Christ’s work produces joyful service for His name’s sake.
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.