As Christians, we are called to serve; Christ has equipped us each with gifts, and it’s our responsibility, privilege, and joy to use them for His kingdom. In these selected sermons, Alistair Begg reviews how to serve others in leadership, family life, and within our communities.
At the very least, a good leader manages and supervises others efficiently. God’s Word, however, shows us that there is much more to true leadership. Alistair Begg considers the actions of Nehemiah, an exemplary leader who prayed, overcame fear, and took initiative. Nothing works without leaders, and today’s churches stand in need of people who can exalt God’s glory by shepherding His flock with excellence, conviction, and vision.
How would others describe your household? As Paul addressed the self-centered Corinthians, he pointed to the household of Stephanas as a distinguished example of Christian love. In this message, Alistair Begg takes a closer look at the qualities that made this ordinary Christian family stand out in their church and community. One of the most convincing ways we can share our faith is by openly maintaining a lifestyle of love, service, and devotion to the Lord Jesus.
Many people use the phrase “God is love” without truly understanding it. In this sermon, Alistair Begg challenges notions of divine love that exclude holy judgment and wrath. Scripture explains the true nature of God’s love: it finds its origin in Him, its expression through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, and its purpose in bringing us into relationship with Him. If we understand these qualities, our lives will overflow with love for others, visibly revealing God’s love to the loveless.
No matter how God has equipped an individual, the purpose for our spiritual gifts is the same: the harmony, well-being, and growth of the body of Christ. In this message, Alistair Begg reminds us that our gifts are meant not for our own personal fulfillment, but for the impact and growth of the community of believers. As followers of Jesus, we belong to each other, and we gather together not only to receive, but also to give.
How do we respond to persecution? In part, our reaction can be determined by our view of God’s sovereignty. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow down to idols, and faced a fiery furnace as a result. Alistair Begg explores the details of God’s miraculous salvation of His servants and urges us to submit to and serve God with our bodies and lives, especially in the face of difficulty.