You know the feeling you get when you open a box in an attic, and discover something that you once treasured? The way that memories flood over you – remembering the time and place that this thing represents for you? I had one of those moments today. I was searching through Alistair Begg‘s sermons to find a resource for a friend (his Truth for Life Ministries site is indexed beautifully) when I came upon this sermon: The Kingdom of God.
You can link to The Kingdom of God here.
I heard this sermon first when I was living in Germany with my new wife (she’s an old wife now; we’ll be celebrating 15 years together next week). We were both Christians, but we were not living Christian lives in the sense of putting God first. I was at one of those stages of frustration with the church, and was continually confusing the church for its politics … a sore subject for me. Anyway, this sermon by Alistair Begg was like having scales removed from my eyes in terms of what the church is really meant to be … what it should mean to us as Christians, but more importantly what it means for us as we interact with the world around us.
This sermon was originally preached in 1996, but it is just as relevant and pointed now as it was then. It was a signal that helped to change my life then – and I can still see the changes happening today. Give it a listen!
And – at long last – My series on the Top 15 Elements of a Successful Bible Study will resume tomorrow, so stay tuned!