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The Lord's Servant

The Lord's Servant

preached August 10, 2014
added August 11, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:24-26
topics Gospel, Jesus Christ, Ministry, Patience, Speech, Word of God
type Sermon
id 3047

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.

A Consecrated Life

A Consecrated Life

preached August 3, 2014
added August 3, 2014
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scripture Acts 20:24
topics Ministry, Persecution, Suffering
type Sermon
id 3046

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.

Pastor and People

Pastor and People

preached July 27, 2014
added July 28, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:14-15
topics Ministry, Obedience, Preaching
type Sermon
id 3043

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.

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.

Discipleship in 3-D, Part Two

Discipleship in 3-D, Part Two

preached June 1, 2014
added June 1, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:3-6
topics Grace of God, Law, Ministry, Obedience
type Sermon
id 3035

Farmers reap a harvest through patient attention to the daily demands of their crops and consistent hard work. Like the farmer, most of our Christian experience consists in diligent attention to the ordinary routines of life. In this message from 2 Timothy 2:4-6, Alistair Begg explores this comparison. Although the prospect can seem daunting, we can be encouraged that our obedience to the law of God in the daily routines of life and ministry flows from communion with the Lord Jesus and is enabled by the grace of God.

Ecclesiastes Speaks Today, Part One

Ecclesiastes Speaks Today, Part One

preached May 12, 2014
added May 12, 2014
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scripture Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
topics Evangelism, Ministry, Postmodernism
type Sermon
id 3032

How does one do Gospel ministry in a culture that is undergoing a serious moral crisis? In the opening session of the 2014 Basics Conference, Alistair Begg answers this question with a surprising reply: preach through Ecclesiastes! With a message as equally relevant and timely today as it was then, Ecclesiastes demands a fresh look.

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.

Seven Vital Truths About a Culture of Prayer

Seven Vital Truths About a Culture of Prayer

preached May 12, 2014
added April 25, 2014
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topics The Church, Ministry, Prayer
type Sermon
id gs1120

The early Church clearly understood that prayer is at the center of Gospel ministry. Today, however, many churches have lost conviction regarding our urgent need to keep prayer at the heart of our mission. Daniel Henderson explains that praying churches are not primarily a matter of programming, but of a culture of prayer that begins with leaders who seek God earnestly and grows as prayer becomes the center of every aspect of ministry.

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 ...

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.

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