Immersing ourselves in the written Word, in order to know the living Word, is a life-changing privilege. Oh that we would not take this Book for granted!
God has also seen fit to raise up godly men and women to help us understand the Bible. Over the years I’ve benefitted greatly by sitting at the feet of competent Bible teachers who, by the grace of God and the power of the Spirit, serve King Jesus by “making it [the Word of God] clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read” (Ezra 8:8).
Truly this is my testimony:
“The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
turning a person from the snares of death.”
Alistair Begg is one of these “wise” Bible teachers. I recently came across his website and wanted to encourage you to check it out. It’s jam-packed with great resources.
I also wanted to tell you about one particular resource that I’ve found especially helpful — “Crossing the Barriers: Communicating the Good News in Your World.” This is a series of 12 messages, available as a free download, along with a free PDF study guide, in which one of the Bible’s most important themes — evangelism — is unpacked and explained with great insight.
Here’s what Mr. Begg’s blog has to say:
“Evangelism. The word alone produces a tightness in the stomach and anxiety in the hearts of many Christians, creating a barrier that hinders sharing the Good News of Christ. Misunderstanding the biblical directives of evangelism may incline us to shy away from sharing our faith, thinking we do not have the gift of evangelism or do not know enough to be effective, leaving the task to others.
In Crossing the Barriers, Alistair Begg equips us to understand what evangelism truly is, helps us to be certain our message and motives are correct, prepares us to face challenges, and enables us to effectively cross the barriers that keep us from presenting Christ and preventing others from believing the message. Much like the herald who conveys the news from the king, we are not to express our own opinions or ideas, but faithfully deliver the message the King has given to us and trust God to do His work.”
Do yourself a favor and dive into this study today! It’s ideal for both individuals or a small group.
If you find his teachings helpful, let me know by leaving a comment below.