What are the purposes of suffering and trials? Why does God allow them? Those around us might tell us that suffering is pointless, that we should ignore it or rise above it, or that karma is paying us back for a wrong we have committed. However, the Bible gives a very different answer. Scripture clearly addresses suffering—both its presence and its purpose. (After all, no one suffered more than Christ, our Savior.) Its many examples of faithful men and women who encountered various trials demonstrate God’s hand at work throughout history and for His glory.
In this series, Alistair Begg address the difficulties and worries of life by turning our attention to God’s Word and His promises. We may be tempted to long for greener pastures, but amid life’s trials, God’s Word assures us that peace is found in Christ alone.
Some people say that they can find God in Nature or through personal spiritual practices. If that’s true, then why bother with the Bible? Isn’t it just an archaic book that’s not relevant to our modern lives? In a day when so many claim to converse directly with God, is the Bible really needed?
In this series, Alistair Begg examines why the Bible isn’t just an important part of Christian worship; it’s the safest and only sure way to hear God’s voice. God knew we would desperately need our emotions healed, our broken lives restored, and our deepest questions answered. He gave us Scripture, therefore, as both a source of spiritual vitality and a plumb line against which we can measure all claims to truth. How can we be saved? Then once we’ve been saved, how do we live? The Bible’s answers are clear. If we wish to know that we belong to God, we must start by reading, hearing, and meditating on His Word.
In ancient days, when people created idols for themselves, God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to declare the futility of idol worship and to remind His people of His promised Messiah. Idolatry persists today, although our gods and idols tend to be subtler. Sometimes, even good things can siphon off the devotion that is solely due to God—but how do these idols measure up against the God of the Bible?
The best way to identify false gods is by studying and knowing the one true God. In this series of messages, Alistair Begg demonstrates how Isaiah’s prophecies find their fulfillment in Jesus. By examining God’s character as revealed both in the Bible and through His Son, we learn how vastly the true God differs from the false idols we all set up in our hearts. A relationship with this sovereign God satisfies our intellectual quests and emotional longings as we trust not in our futile efforts, but in His accomplished work.