I Will Build My Church by Alistair Begg

Alistair Begg at 2017 Ligonier conference


My husband and I learned quite a bit at the Ligonier conference this past spring. You may watch the entire content of the conference for free online. If you only have time for one talk, we recommend “I Will Build My Church” by Alistair Begg.

Here’s part of the conclusion from Alistair Begg’s message to give you a taste of his message:

I’m happy to finish with J.C. Ryle, since I’ve been mentioning the Anglicans… I just wish I could have heard J.C. Ryle preach once. Goodness, it reads so well I can’t imagine what it was like to hear it. He says, “When a lion came and took a lamb out of David’s flock, David arose and delivered the lamb from his mouth. Christ will do the same. Not a single sick lamb in Christ’ flock shall perish.”

You’re here tonight and you feel yourself to just be a single, sick lamb, broken and bruised and disabled by all kinds of things, aware of the frailty of your own heart, the proneness to wander and all these things.. Where does your security lie? It lies in this: Christ said, “I will build my church,” as the gospel was proclaimed, as you came to believe.

And then Ryle, commenting on what happens in every generation (it’s happening now)… “Fear not for the church of Christ when ministers die, and saints are taken away. Christ can ever maintain His own cause. He will raise up better servants and brighter stars. The stars are all in His right hand. Leave off all anxious thought about the future. Cease to be cast down by the activities of statesmen, or the plots of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Christ will ever provide for His own church. Christ will take care that the ‘gates of hell shall not prevail against it’. All is going on well, though our eyes may not see it. But kingdoms of this world shall yet become the kingdoms of our God and of his Christ.”


  • Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Read his bio here.
  • J. C. Ryle (10 May 1816 – 10 June 1900) was the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool, England.
  • The image is a screenshot from the videotaped message on the Ligonier website.

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