Obedience is defined as submission to the restraint or command of authority. As Christians, we are to be obedient to God and His commands because of His great mercy and grace to us. In this selection of sermons, Alistair Begg reminds us that our obedience should come from love for God and should be reflected in every area of our life.
God desires absolute, total obedience from His people, not merely a ritual observance of the commandments that suit our lifestyles and personalities. In this study of John 14:15-24, we discover that our love for God is displayed in our obedience-- not as a means to salvation, but as a response to His grace in saving us. True obedience reveals itself in humility, love, and holy living, both in our homes and in our church lives. Living a life of obedience is God's work in us and results in His blessing.
In His mercy, God redeems all who come to Him for forgiveness. He offers us this great gift not because of anything we have done, but because of what Christ accomplished on the cross. Alistair Begg looks to Paul’s opening entreaty in Romans 12 to discover what it means to respond to God’s extravagant grace by going “all in” for Christ.
Daily commitment and devotion are essential to our step-by-step journey toward heaven. The Apostle Paul compares our daily lives to conditioning for a marathon. Such preparation entails strain and difficulty. When we are not prepared for sacrifice, we will never know the joy of the prize. In this message on 1 Corinthians 9, Alistair Begg instructs us to not run aimlessly, but instead to run for the goal of eternal life with Christ.
What does it mean to have faith? Is it merely an intellectual acknowledgment to the claims of Jesus? Alistair explains that faith is more than having the facts in our head; faith is a whole-hearted trust in the work of Christ alone for our acceptance before a Holy God. Evidence of this kind of trust is displayed by a growing willingness to obey His commands.
In Paul’s letter to the Roman church, he urges his readers to present themselves as “living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God”- a living, lasting, and logical commitment in response to God’s mercy. Alistair Begg reminds us that Jesus held nothing back when He took our punishment on the cross so that we may be redeemed and challenges us to be wholly committed to God. Listen to Part Two.
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