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Bad Men, Weak Women

Bad Men, Weak Women

preached September 21, 2014
added September 22, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 3:6-9
topics Church Leadership, False Teaching, Sovereignty of God
type Sermon
id 3049

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

Times of Difficulty

preached September 14, 2014
added September 16, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 3:1-5
topics Christian Thinking, False Teaching, Worship
type Sermon
id 3048

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 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.

Now to Him

Now to Him

preached May 15, 2013
added May 8, 2013
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scripture Jude 1:17-24
topics Church Leadership, Faithfulness of God, False Teaching, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Prayer, Preaching, Word of God
type Sermon
id 2953

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.

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.

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