What is pastoral ministry really about, at its core? The four-fold directive that the Apostle Paul gave to Timothy provides a clear perspective: always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry. In this message, Alistair Begg explores these timeless imperatives and encourages Christian ministers to persevere in preaching the Gospel even in the middle of a challenging culture.
What do people look for in a preacher? The Apostle Paul warned young pastor Timothy about those who seek teaching that is only what they want to hear, rather than biblical truth. In this message, Alistair Begg emphasizes the importance of preaching the Bible in the life of a healthy local church. God’s purposes for us will be accomplished only when we submit our hearts to the faithful teaching of scriptural truth.
How does a pastor determine what to say on a Sunday morning? In this message, Alistair Begg leads us through Paul's solemn yet simple charge to Timothy: Preach the Word of God. As ministers fulfill this biblical call to preach, congregations too are called to receive the Word, and we are all called to patiently trust that God will fulfill His Kingdom purposes.
People around the world enjoy the familiar words of “Once in Royal David’s City” during the Christmas season, but few ponder the deep truths that the carol teaches. In this Christmas Eve message, Alistair Begg explains that this simple children’s song illustrates that God became man to save sinners. The Baby of Bethlehem now reigns in majesty and offers to us the gift of salvation.
In the first chapter of his Gospel account, Luke recorded Mary’s song of praise to God, sometimes called the “Magnificat.” Alistair Begg explains how this song illuminates the reason for Jesus’ incarnation: God’s love for fallen humanity. We are challenged to acknowledge that our significance depends on His mercy, not our own merits, and we are encouraged to trust this loving, merciful God with our hearts and lives.
What could be more natural than one expectant mother going to visit another expectant mother? Yet when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, the scene also had a supernatural element. In this message on Jesus’ infancy narrative we see God, through His Word, revealing His plan of salvation to two women who responded in humble worship. Alistair Begg encourages us to consider the unique place Mary holds in human history and, like her, to respond with joy at the goodness and mercy of God.
Among the core teachings of Christianity, the virgin birth can be one of the most difficult for the human mind to accept. Yet in Luke's Gospel account, we see Mary respond in trust to the angel's mysterious message. Alistair Begg encourages us to consider the unique nature of Jesus' miraculous birth in the context of His divine mission and to respond, like Mary, in simple faith.
After years of prophetic silence, God announced the birth of John the Baptist to one faithful couple. As Alistair Begg explains, the announcement illustrates the mystery of God's work throughout history. The events surrounding the birth of Jesus remind us that the providence of God can be seen at work in ordinary events, both good and bad.
God's design is that the local church matures as individuals exercise their gifts for the good of the whole. In this message from Romans 12, Alistair Begg points out that the encouragement to use our gifts comes with a necessary warning to avoid pride. We must use whatever gifts God has given us in humility so that the Church will be built up to the glory of God.
Although our hearts naturally praise the things we value, thanksgiving – the giving of thanks – is a choice: we choose what we are thankful for, and we choose to whom we are thankful. In this message, Alistair Begg encourages us to choose to give thanks every day to the Lord, both because He is God and because He is good.