Download or listen to five sermons by Alistair Begg about joy.
The life of Christian faith is often expressed as a journey, and Alistair Begg employs this metaphor as he turns our attention to what James has to say about life in Christ. If we are to achieve God’s purpose for our time on earth, we can expect to face trials. Only after preparing for and responding properly to difficult times can we then heed James’ words and count our trials as joy.
When the followers He had sent out returned, Jesus rejoiced in the fact that God has hidden the truth of the kingdom from the proud and revealed it to the humble. Jesus’ joy reveals the coequal nature of Jesus Christ and God the Father. Alistair Begg highlights the great privilege we have to point others to the God who requires nothing from us but an awareness of our need for Him.
Every day, we are confronted by threats to our joy—feelings like gloom, pessimism, anxiety, and depression. For Christians, these problems may cast doubt on our claims to know joy in Christ. Yet as Alistair Begg teaches, real joy is not defined by emotions or entertainment but by our Savior, who brings godly contentment and gratitude. By relying on Jesus and staying in fellowship with Him, we can experience true joy in the midst of trials.
Why did Jesus tell His disciples, “In a little while you will see me no more,” then later assure them they would see Him again? Alistair Begg walks us through Jesus’ purpose behind these promises. The disciples’ uncertainty about their future made sense—yet today we know more than they did about Christ’s resurrection. While Jesus does not say He will replace His people’s sadness with happiness, He promises something even better: to turn our sorrow into joy.
Many of us yearn for the joy that comes from lifelong friendship. We don’t always find a friend like that here on earth, but Jesus told His disciples in John chapter 15 that God initiates that kind of friendship with us. Alistair Begg explains that when we respond to God’s invitation of friendship, we find joy that won’t fade.