Sermons on self-control
While many strive for good self-control, our efforts are often left behind if we are honest. In these messages, Alistair Begg examines the need for self-control and the means to achieve it when we try to live a life that our Lord likes. We are reminded that Christian life frees us to enjoy real joy, peace and freedom.
Filled with the Spirit – Part One (Ephesians 5: 18-19) – Listen to Download MP3 | Buy CD ($ 1.25)
Christians should be marked by wise life because we have been made completely new in Christ. However, the world we live in is marked by rebellion against God and disobedience to his law. In this account of Ephesians 5:18, Alistair Begg contrasts the arbitrariness caused by drunkenness with the fruitful life that the Spirit of God produces. The abuse of the good gifts that God provides leads to reduced self-control, but life in the spirit gives the Christian the freedom to enjoy real joy, peace, contentment and freedom. Listen to the second part
Self-control (Galatians 5:23) – Listen to Download MP3 | Buy CD ($ 1.25)
Nobody is perfect. We decide to try harder, but our effort is always insufficient. In fact, our answer to temptation reveals our heart's desires: if we sin, it shows that we love sin more than God. In this message, Alistair Begg examines the need for self-control when we try to live a life that our Lord likes. How can self-control become our “new normal”? Since we are dependent on God's grace, we can live within the limits set by him, motivated not by rules but by our love for him.
Walk in wisdom (Ephesians 5: 15-17) – Listen to Download MP3 | Buy CD ($ 1.25)
Does God care what we do with our time? In this message from Ephesians 5, Alistair Begg explains that the wise use of time should distinguish those who are in Christ from the world around us. Instead of making stupid decisions based on our feelings, impulses or instincts, Christians should pay attention to God's Word, think carefully, and make wise decisions that bring glory to God.
Your enemy, the devil (1 Peter 5: 8-9) – Listen to Download MP3 | Buy CD ($ 1.25)
Peter warns Christians of the reality of our enemy, the devil, but he also makes us aware of how to respond to this threat. Alistair Begg emphasizes Peter's warning and causes us to actively oppose the ways of evil. If we control ourselves and are vigilant, we will understand the reality of spiritual warfare and be able to resist Satan's plans.
Words (Proverbs 13: 3) – Listen to Download MP3 | Buy CD ($ 1.25)
If a powerful tool can either heal or hurt, we need to be careful how we use it. Scripture shows us that our choice of words is such a tool. Alistair Begg examines this power and explains the effect of words for dividing and destroying – or vice versa for restoring and calming down. He also warns against the empty use of religious jargon to hide a lack of devotion. In our use of words, we offer evidence of where we stand before God.