Scripture - God Breathed October 27, 2014
When Christians say that the Bible is “inspired by God,” what do they mean? Beginning with a classic passage in 2 Timothy 3, Alistair Begg explains that God moved human authors to write His Word and communicated all we need to know about Him and His purposes. All of the words in the Bible are God’s Word, and they have the power to change us.
Keep On! October 14, 2014
Anything “new” can seem very appealing. However, as the Apostle Paul cautioned his young protégé Timothy, our belief and teaching must always be founded on the timeless truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From 2 Timothy 3, Alistair Begg emphasizes the importance of continuing onward in faith, trusting in the Scriptures and following the examples of godly leaders.
The Persecuted Church September 29, 2014
Whether it is the overt hostility faced by Christians in other parts of the world or subtle clashes with our own society’s ungodly mindset, all true believers experience some form of the “persecution” about which Paul warned Timothy. Beginning with these verses from 2 Timothy 3, Alistair Begg helps us consider the practical cost of living a godly life. As we learn to think biblically, we can respond to our circumstances in a Christlike manner.
The Pastor's Study, Volume 6 September 23, 2014
In every generation, pastors face difficult decisions regarding how to prioritize the competing demands placed upon them. Today is no different, and pastors often find themselves stretched thin by the demands of ministry and wearied by the expectations of their congregations. The Bible speaks clearly into this situation, as we learn in this compilation of messages from Alistair Begg. The pastor must give himself wholeheartedly to the proclamation of the Gospel -- a duty built on the foundation of prayer and personal holiness. With this priority in view, the pastor can evangelize faithfully and equip the congregation in the confidence ...
Bad Men, Weak Women September 22, 2014
Every generation of Christians deals with false teachers – people who wear a mask of godliness to hide a sinful motive – and the church Timothy led was no different. The Apostle Paul instructed this young pastor to protect the women in his flock because they were often targeted by these men. In this message, Alistair Begg reminds us that God is sovereign over all these situations and will protect His Church from harm.
Times of Difficulty September 16, 2014
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 August 20, 2014
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 August 11, 2014
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 August 4, 2014
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 August 3, 2014
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.