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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.

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.

Passing on the Truth, Part Two

Passing on the Truth, Part Two

preached April 27, 2014
added April 28, 2014
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scripture 2 Timothy 2:1-2
topics Church Leadership, Evangelism, Gospel, Word of God
type Sermon
id 3031

Our “context” is the time and place in which we live – our society and the values of the people around us. The Apostle Paul wrote his final letter to Timothy with a goal of ensuring that future generations, no matter what their context, would hear the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ preached rightly. In this message, Alistair Begg addresses the importance of conserving the content of the Gospel message, because its eternal truths are needed by people in every culture, in every generation.

Ecclesiastes Speaks Today, Part Two

Ecclesiastes Speaks Today, Part Two

preached May 14, 2014
added April 25, 2014
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scripture Ecclesiastes 12:1-14
topics Christian Thinking, Fear of God, Preaching
type Sermon
id 3033

The final chapter of Ecclesiastes calls us to fear God and commit ourselves to Him. As Alistair Begg demonstrates, this chapter details for the audience the opportunity of youth, the frailty of life, the reality of death, and the certainty of judgment. Into a culture of abject meaninglessness that is not unlike our own, Ecclesiastes also gives us something to live for.

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