|preached||September 28, 2014|
|added||September 29, 2014|
|scripture||2 Timothy 3:10-13|
|topics||Christian Thinking, Gospel, Jesus Christ, Persecution, Postmodernism, Sanctification, Spiritual Warfare, Suffering|
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.
|added||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 ...
|preached||September 21, 2014|
|added||September 22, 2014|
|scripture||2 Timothy 3:6-9|
|topics||Church Leadership, False Teaching, Sovereignty of God|
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.
|preached||September 14, 2014|
|added||September 16, 2014|
|scripture||2 Timothy 3:1-5|
|topics||Christian Thinking, False Teaching, Worship|
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.
|added||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. ...
|preached||August 10, 2014|
|added||August 11, 2014|
|scripture||2 Timothy 2:24-26|
|topics||Gospel, Jesus Christ, Ministry, Patience, Speech, Word of God|
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.
|preached||August 3, 2014|
|added||August 4, 2014|
|scripture||2 Timothy 2:20-22|
|topics||Jesus Christ, Sanctification, Temptation|
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.
|preached||August 3, 2014|
|added||August 3, 2014|
|topics||Ministry, Persecution, Suffering|
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.
|preached||July 27, 2014|
|added||July 28, 2014|
|scripture||2 Timothy 2:14-15|
|topics||Ministry, Obedience, Preaching|
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.
|preached||July 27, 2014|
|added||July 27, 2014|
|scripture||2 Timothy 2:16-19|
|topics||Church Leadership, False Teaching, Ministry|
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.