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An Unashamed Worker

An Unashamed Worker

preached July 27, 2014
added July 27, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:16-19
topics Church Leadership, False Teaching, Ministry
type Sermon
id 3044

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.

Steer Clear!

Steer Clear!

preached July 15, 2012
added July 16, 2012
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scripture Titus 3:9-11
topics Church Leadership, False Teaching, Word of God
type Sermon
id 2885

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.

A Religious Problem

A Religious Problem

preached May 13, 2012
added May 17, 2012
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scripture Titus 1:10-16
topics False Teaching, Jesus Christ, Leadership
type Sermon
id 2872

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.

As For You, Titus

As For You, Titus

preached May 13, 2012
added May 16, 2012
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scripture Titus 2:1, Titus 2:7-8, Titus 2:15
topics False Teaching, Leadership, Preaching, Word of God
type Sermon
id 2873

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.

Elders, Part Two

Elders, Part Two

preached May 6, 2012
added May 16, 2012
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scripture Titus 1:5-9
topics Church Leadership, False Teaching, Ministry, Preaching
type Sermon
id 2871

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.

Fullness in Christ

Fullness in Christ

preached May 13, 1984
added April 3, 2012
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scripture Colossians 2:8-10
topics False Teaching, Jesus Christ
type Sermon
id 1043

“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.

Marks of a God Given Ministry, Part Two

Marks of a God Given Ministry, Part Two

preached April 8, 1984
added March 5, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:24-29
topics The Church, False Teaching, Gospel, Leadership, Ministry
type Sermon
id 1035

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.

Marks of a God Given Ministry, Part One

Marks of a God Given Ministry, Part One

preached April 1, 1984
added February 27, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:24-29
topics The Church, False Teaching, Ministry, Preaching
type Sermon
id 1033

False spiritual leadership – those who operate under the banner of religion but who are really unconverted and un-commissioned, are of great threat to any church. The Colossian Christians were facing heresy by false teachers and Paul’s letter was purposeful in its intent to clarify the truth. Without a Gospel-centered ministry, a church risks being directed by notions and whims.

Who is Jesus Christ?, Part Two

Who is Jesus Christ?, Part Two

preached March 11, 1984
added February 13, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:15-20
topics Atonement, False Teaching, Jesus Christ
type Sermon
id 1029

When people seek Jesus, whom do they hope to find? In this message from Colossians we learn that Jesus is the head of the Church – its source of direction, authority and power, and the only reconciler between man and God.

Alive In Christ, Volume 1

Alive In Christ, Volume 1

added January 9, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:1-2:10
topics Christian Living, The Church, Faith, False Teaching, Gospel, Grace, Jesus Christ, Ministry, Obedience, Patience, Prayer, Sanctification, Thanksgiving, Trinity
type Series
id 15101DL

The challenge for today’s churches to remain rooted in the truth of the Gospel is not new. In fact, the church in Colossae during the days of the Apostle Paul was influenced by many worldly falsehoods, including superstition, mythology and even simple error in doctrinal translation. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul imposes two key messages which are as applicable today as they were then. First, he re-confirms that all things were created and hold together through Jesus Christ and that we must walk with Him and hold steadfast to our faith in His saving power. Paul then provides ...

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