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Times of Difficulty

Times of Difficulty

preached September 14, 2014
added September 16, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 3:1-5
topics Christian Thinking, False Teaching, Worship
type Sermon
id 3048

At the start of the third chapter of his second letter to Timothy, Paul warned this young pastor about difficulties he could expect from the surrounding culture. Alistair Begg helps us see that these same difficulties have faced every generation of believers, and explains how the world’s “solution” to the underlying problem is itself part of the problem. Only in Christ do we find the real answer: loving God above all.

An Extraordinary Encounter

An Extraordinary Encounter

added August 20, 2014
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topic Jesus Christ
type Series
id 27001

What was it like to have a face-to-face encounter with Jesus? From the physically broken man of Mark 2, to the devoted religionist of John 3, to the promiscuous woman of John 4, Jesus personally engages each unlikely individual and the results are extraordinary. In this series, Jesus also encounters the alienated man of Luke 8, the despised tax collector of Luke 19, and the humble woman of Mark 14 and reveals their greatest need, which is not for physical healing or stature, but their need for a Savior. Not one individual walks away unchanged by their encounter with Christ. ...

The Lord's Servant

The Lord's Servant

preached August 10, 2014
added August 11, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:24-26
topics Gospel, Jesus Christ, Ministry, Patience, Speech, Word of God
type Sermon
id 3047

When interacting with others, Christian leaders – and the rest of us – may be tempted to quarrel over points where we disagree. Exploring the final verses of 2 Timothy 2, Alistair Begg shows how the Apostle Paul emphasized kindness and patience toward all people, allowing God Himself to stir repentance in unbelieving hearts.

Useful to the Master

Useful to the Master

preached August 3, 2014
added August 4, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:20-22
topics Jesus Christ, Sanctification, Temptation
type Sermon
id 3045

Christians often talk about being “used by God,” but what does that look like in daily life? Using Paul’s picture of a useful vessel in 2 Timothy 2, Alistair Begg helps us work through this concept. We learn that it means daily choices to live in the privilege of holiness, and the pursuit of godliness while fleeing from sin.

A Consecrated Life

A Consecrated Life

preached August 3, 2014
added August 3, 2014
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scripture Acts 20:24
topics Ministry, Persecution, Suffering
type Sermon
id 3046

When we consider what it might look like to live a life that is committed to the cause of the Gospel, the Apostle Paul is an excellent example. As Alistair Begg explains, what set Paul apart was not that he didn’t value the ordinary experiences of life, but that he viewed them all in relationship to the purposes and care of God. When we live with the Gospel in view, we learn that the greatest value is in a life lived well for God’s glory.

Pastor and People

Pastor and People

preached July 27, 2014
added July 28, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:14-15
topics Ministry, Obedience, Preaching
type Sermon
id 3043

What does a healthy church look like? In 2 Timothy 2:14-19, we learn that one distinguishing mark is a pastor committed to the Word of God. As Alistair Begg explains, pastors must ground their ministry in the Gospel while the people resist the temptation to quarrel over nonessentials. When this happens, God works through His Word, by His Spirit, in His people, and churches grow in maturity and godliness.

An Unashamed Worker

An Unashamed Worker

preached July 27, 2014
added July 27, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:16-19
topics Church Leadership, False Teaching, Ministry
type Sermon
id 3044

Pastors face constant pressure to swerve from the clear truths of the Gospel and to pursue the approval of others. Alistair Begg encourages pastors to steer a different course for ministry by living and serving for the approval of God. Although discouragements may abound, pastors and their congregations can be encouraged that God is working out His good purposes as we strive for purity in doctrine and lifestyle.

A Trustworthy Saying

A Trustworthy Saying

preached July 20, 2014
added July 21, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:11-13
topics Faithfulness of God, Jesus Christ
type Sermon
id 3042

Sometimes a hymn can help us understand important gospel truths. In 2 Timothy 2, the Apostle Paul quoted a hymn that was sung by the early Church, using it to present four key points about a believer’s relationship to the Lord Jesus. Alistair Begg explains how these four points demonstrate that God is faithful to both His promises and His warnings. Both call us to repent and believe in Him.

Lessons For Life, Volume 3

Lessons For Life, Volume 3

added July 15, 2014
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topics Christian Living, Christian Thinking
type Series
id 26703

In this series of messages, Alistair Begg takes a closer look at God’s providential care and the Christian’s appropriate response. We are reminded that God is sovereign over our entire existence and that our lives matter to Him. He uses even our mistakes and disappointments in the process of conforming us to the image of His Son. While the Lord does not reveal His purposes to us in advance, our security is in knowing that we are in the hands of a loving, compassionate God. As a result, the Christian’s perspective on current issues will be drastically different from the ...

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