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How to Maintain Pastoral Zeal while Avoiding Pastoral Burnout

How to Maintain Pastoral Zeal while Avoiding Pastoral Burnout

preached May 13, 2014
added April 25, 2014
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topics Christian Thinking, Ministry
type Sermon
id gs1121

How can burnout be a problem in ministry when Christ Himself encouraged His followers to give up everything for the sake of the Gospel? Christopher Ash explains that there is a vital difference between living sacrificially for Jesus and pursuing our calling in a way that leads to mental and physical exhaustion. When Christian leaders bear in mind that we are created by God from dust and that all of our endeavors are dependent on Him for success, we are reminded that Gospel ministry is a humbling privilege and enabled to rejoice that we are recipients of God's grace in ...

Ecclesiastes Speaks Today, Part Two

Ecclesiastes Speaks Today, Part Two

preached May 14, 2014
added April 25, 2014
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scripture Ecclesiastes 12:1-14
topics Christian Thinking, Fear of God, Preaching
type Sermon
id 3033

The final chapter of Ecclesiastes calls us to fear God and commit ourselves to Him. As Alistair Begg demonstrates, this chapter details for the audience the opportunity of youth, the frailty of life, the reality of death, and the certainty of judgment. Into a culture of abject meaninglessness that is not unlike our own, Ecclesiastes also gives us something to live for.

The God Who Speaks

The God Who Speaks

preached May 13, 2014
added April 25, 2014
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scripture 1 Kings 19:1-21
topics Biblical Figures, Faithfulness of God, Ministry
type Sermon
id gs1118

In 1 Kings 19, we see the postscript to Elijah’s famous confrontation with the prophets of Baal. Gary Millar, through Elijah, helpfully shows us that God does care about his depressed, weak and confused servants, reminding us of our daily need to be sustained by a covenant-keeping God.

Panel Question Time

Panel Question Time

preached May 14, 2014
added April 25, 2014
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topic Ministry
type Sermon
id gs1119

Listen in as Pastors Ash, Begg, and Millar answer questions from this year's Basics attendees ranging from practical advice to pastors facing burnout to addressing hot button cultural issues with clarity and sensitivity.

The Resurrection

The Resurrection

preached April 20, 2014
added April 21, 2014
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scripture John 20:1-10
topics Christ's Resurrection, Jesus Christ, Redemption
type Sermon
id 3030

Christians today celebrate Easter Sunday with joy, knowing that the Lord Jesus is risen, but eyewitnesses to the event weren’t immediately sure what had happened. The description they provided is based primarily on evidence, not emotion, and we must employ both faith and reason to understand it. Using the Apostle John’s account of the resurrection, Alistair Begg encourages us to thoughtfully consider the scriptural record and to respond in faith, affirming that “He is risen indeed!”

Your Will, O God

Your Will, O God

preached April 18, 2014
added April 19, 2014
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scripture Hebrews 10:11-25
topics Atonement, The Cross, Jesus Christ, Redemptive History, The Cross
type Sermon
id 3029

Old Testament Jews offered sacrifices day after day to remind them of sin and to focus their attention on God's promise that He would forgive. Alistair Begg explains that the promise was fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ, who offered Himself as an effective payment for sin. With confidence that Jesus has dealt with sin once and for all, we can draw near to Him in faith, hold fast to the promise of His presence, and encourage one another in hope.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

preached April 13, 2014
added April 14, 2014
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scripture Matthew 21:10
topics Grace of God, Jesus Christ
type Sermon
id 3028

Some people celebrate Palm Sunday out of a sense of obligation or nostalgia, while others view the occasion with skepticism. As Alistair Begg explains, the details of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem can only be truly viewed through the lens of believing faith. Like the disciples, we cannot understand that Jesus is Messiah and King until the grace of God opens our eyes.

Passing on the Truth, Part One

Passing on the Truth, Part One

preached April 6, 2014
added April 7, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:1-2
topics Dependence on God, Gospel, Grace, Grace of God, Jesus Christ, Redemption
type Sermon
id 3024

Timothy's mentor and friend, the apostle Paul, was nearing the end of his ministry, and soon the Church would be led by this younger man and his contemporaries. As Alistair Begg explains, the strength for this task could only be found in the power of God. Recognizing that God was the source of strength and the author of his message, Timothy was equipped, and so are we, to pass on the gospel to future generations.

Treachery and Majesty

Treachery and Majesty

preached April 6, 2014
added April 6, 2014
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scripture John 18:1-11
topics The Cross, Jesus Christ
type Sermon
id 3025

When Judas betrayed the Lord Jesus, he revealed the unbelief that had been present in his heart all along. The scene of his betrayal contrasts the treachery of Judas with the majesty of Jesus displayed in His sovereign rule, His devotion to His followers, and His submission to the Father's will. In this message from John 18, Alistair Begg encourages us with the reminder that even the darkest circumstances are an occasion for Christ to demonstrate his glory.

The Good Deposit

The Good Deposit

preached March 30, 2014
added March 31, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 1:14-18
topics Church Leadership, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Loving Others, Ministry, Redemption
type Sermon
id 3023

In his last letter to his protege, the Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to guard the "good deposit" of the Gospel message. Alistair Begg explains that the challenges and encouragements they faced are not unlike those faced by Christian leaders today. In the midst of pressure to conform to a secular culture and opposition from some who should be friends, there will also be loving support from believers who remain faithful and active in supporting Gospel ministry.

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