Anything “new” can seem very appealing. However, as the Apostle Paul cautioned his young protégé Timothy, our belief and teaching must always be founded on the timeless truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From 2 Timothy 3, Alistair Begg emphasizes the importance of continuing onward in faith, trusting in the Scriptures and following the examples of godly leaders.
In every generation, pastors face difficult decisions regarding how to prioritize the competing demands placed upon them. Today is no different, and pastors often find themselves stretched thin by the demands of ministry and wearied by the expectations of their congregations. The Bible speaks clearly into this situation, as we learn in this compilation of messages from Alistair Begg. The pastor must give himself wholeheartedly to the proclamation of the Gospel -- a duty built on the foundation of prayer and personal holiness. With this priority in view, the pastor can evangelize faithfully and equip the congregation in the confidence ...
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.
Basics is our annual conference for pastors and Christian workers. Each year, pastors, church leaders, and seminarians are invited to join Alistair Begg & a number of guest speakers for 3 days as we reflect together on the challenges, responsibilities, and privileges that face the modern church. Basics is for men: pastors, missionaries, evangelists, and Christian workers or those training for such roles.
Speakers: Alistair Begg, Christopher Ash, Gary Millar, Daniel Henderson
The Psalmists' exhortations to praise can be discouraging if not viewed in light of the Gospel. In this message, Christopher Ash turns to the book of Psalms to lead us into a deeper of understanding of who God is. Psalm 146 demonstrates how the typical introduction of asking, “How’s your praise life?” is inadequate. Instead, the Psalms invite us to see how Jesus rightfully and perfectly fulfilled these exhortations to praise, enabling us to live a life of praise to God as well.
Series: Basics 2014
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.
Series: Basics 2014
Preachers face many challenges when they come to the Scriptures, including the temptations to exalt originality and, on the other hand, to fall into patterns that are dull and unimaginative. Gary Millar explains that skillful preaching is undergirded by the core convictions that all of the Bible leads to Christ and every part preaches the Gospel. Preaching that communicates the main idea of the text plainly, with sensitivity to the context, tone, and emphasis of the passage, speaks with power, creativity, and freshness to the hearers.
Series: Basics 2014
Though he was imprisoned and facing death, Paul's highest concern in his second letter to Timothy was for the gospel - that the message of grace and redemption would be passed to future generations. His roles, first as an apostle of Jesus Christ, and then as a preacher and teacher of the Gospel opened the door for his own suffering, but his confidence in the faithfulness of God sustained and nurtured his own faith under persecution.
In his second letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul placed his "signature" at the beginning, as was customary at that time. Alistair Begg's message on these opening verses guides us through Paul's greeting to his younger colleague, as he prayed God would give him "grace, mercy, and peace."