|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.
|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.
|preached||May 15, 2013|
|added||May 8, 2013|
|topics||Church Leadership, Faithfulness of God, False Teaching, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Prayer, Preaching, Word of God|
When the truth of the Gospel is threatened by those who have crept into the Church, contending for the faith is essential. As Alistair Begg reminds us, though, contending for truth is only one part of the pastor's charge to care for his congregation. As we contend for the faith, we must also keep watch over ourselves and show mercy to one another, understanding that God's power preserves His people moment by moment.
|preached||July 15, 2012|
|added||July 16, 2012|
|topics||Church Leadership, False Teaching, Word of God|
As they do in all human institutions, disagreements and conflicts sometimes arise in the local church. When that happens, how should church leaders respond? In Titus 3:9-11, Paul teaches that the voice of the shepherd must be both gentle and loud: gentle to comfort the wounded and frightened, and loud to warn of danger when necessary.
|preached||May 13, 2012|
|added||May 17, 2012|
|topics||False Teaching, Jesus Christ, Leadership|
Why is it so important that elders be men who know, teach, and live the truth? Titus 1:10-16 explains that it is a matter of spiritual life and death. Elders must be able to teach the truth so that the people under their care know sound doctrine and are able to distinguish counterfeits in their midst.
|preached||May 13, 2012|
|added||May 16, 2012|
|scripture||Titus 2:1, Titus 2:7-8, Titus 2:15|
|topics||False Teaching, Leadership, Preaching, Word of God|
Moving into the second chapter of Titus, it is helpful to focus first on what Paul says directly to this younger pastor, in verses 1, 7-8, and 15. The apostle's messsage is clear and consistent: teach sound doctrine - with dignity and integrity, with good works and godly character, and with the authority given by God himself.
|preached||May 6, 2012|
|added||May 16, 2012|
|topics||Church Leadership, False Teaching, Ministry, Preaching|
As we continue in Titus 1:5-16, we learn that the qualifications given for church elders are both positive (characteristics they must have) and negative (characteristics that must not be true of them). But most important of all is that they have a wholehearted commitment to biblical truth.
|preached||May 13, 1984|
|added||April 3, 2012|
|topics||False Teaching, Jesus Christ|
“What is the pathway to spiritual fullness?” The question was asked by the church in Colossae but the people were being harmed by answers that were lies. Paul warns the people of Colossians to beware of false teachers and not to go near them if they valued their spiritual freedom. We are reminded here by Paul that spiritual fullness is found only in Christ, who is fully God.
|preached||April 8, 1984|
|added||March 5, 2012|
|topics||The Church, False Teaching, Gospel, Leadership, Ministry|
Here we are warned not to add anything to our faith in Christ Jesus by requiring additional experiences, thus making Christianity selective through experiential commonalities. The mystery of the Gospel is not in its exclusiveness, belonging to a few, but in its inclusiveness, open to everyone.