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Fullness, Freedom, Forgiveness

Fullness, Freedom, Forgiveness

preached September 12, 2010
added September 8, 2014
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scripture Colossians 2:6-16
topic Christian Living
type Sermon
id 2761

How can Christians continue in the faith with the world, the flesh, and the devil pressing against us? In Colossians 2:6-15, Paul urges believers to press on toward maturity in Christ by paying diligent attention to the truth and acknowledging Christ's victory over the enemies that seek to ensnare us.

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.

Useful to the Master

Useful to the Master

preached August 3, 2014
added August 4, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:20-22
topics Jesus Christ, Sanctification, Temptation
type Sermon
id 3045

Christians often talk about being “used by God,” but what does that look like in daily life? Using Paul’s picture of a useful vessel in 2 Timothy 2, Alistair Begg helps us work through this concept. We learn that it means daily choices to live in the privilege of holiness, and the pursuit of godliness while fleeing from sin.

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.

A Trustworthy Saying

A Trustworthy Saying

preached July 20, 2014
added July 21, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:11-13
topics Faithfulness of God, Jesus Christ
type Sermon
id 3042

Sometimes a hymn can help us understand important gospel truths. In 2 Timothy 2, the Apostle Paul quoted a hymn that was sung by the early Church, using it to present four key points about a believer’s relationship to the Lord Jesus. Alistair Begg explains how these four points demonstrate that God is faithful to both His promises and His warnings. Both call us to repent and believe in Him.

Life, Liberty, Happiness

Life, Liberty, Happiness

preached July 6, 2014
added July 8, 2014
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scripture Hebrews 13:14
topics Dependence on God, Jesus Christ, Regeneration/New Birth
type Sermon
id 3041

Independence Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the events surrounding America’s beginning. In this message, Alistair Begg draws our attention to the ideals of Life, Liberty, and Happiness, and shows that they can be found most fully by depending on Jesus, the King of Kings.

Think, Focus, Learn

Think, Focus, Learn

preached June 22, 2014
added June 23, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:7-10
topics Christian Thinking, Jesus Christ, Suffering
type Sermon
id 3036

Some things are easy to understand. Other things require some thinking on our part before we grasp what we’re reading or hearing. In his final letter, the Apostle Paul called Timothy to this kind of reflection with regard to suffering for the sake of the Gospel. Alistair Begg points out how we can come to a correct understanding of suffering in our own lives: as we think biblically and focus on Jesus, we can learn to face difficulties in the strength and wisdom that He provides.

Discipleship in 3-D, Part One

Discipleship in 3-D, Part One

preached June 1, 2014
added June 2, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:3-6
topics Gospel, Grace, Grace of God, Law, Obedience
type Sermon
id 3034

Sometimes a picture can help us to understand profound truths. In the second chapter of his final letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul uses word pictures to describe Christian discipleship. Alistair Begg explains how God’s grace empowers us to obey Him, like a devoted soldier, and to live within the rules He prescribes, like a disciplined athlete.

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