Trusting the Word of God to do the Work of God was the emphasis of the 16th annual Basics Conference for pastors and church leaders. In an increasingly secularized culture where the adherent base of the Church is declining, biblical preaching is, more than ever, a vital and primary means of evangelism. By teaching where the Bible challenges contemporary culture and how societal influences shape our beliefs, preachers can help their congregations distinguish between pop culture and truth. At the 2015 Basics Conference, Tim Keller and David Robertson joined Alistair Begg with the purpose of encouraging pastors to preach the Word boldly as men who will give an account.
Tim Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and the author of over 10 books. He is also one of the founders of The Gospel Coalition.
David Robertson is minister of St. Peter’s Free Church in Dundee, Scotland and author of Magnificent Obsession, The Dawkins Letters, Quench and Awakening.
Alistair Begg is the senior pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio and the Bible teacher on the program Truth For Life.
“I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder...” -2 Peter 1:1 (ESV)
For 17 years, the Basics Conference has provided men in ministry the opportunity and privilege to gather together as partners in the Gospel. We desire to be used by God to refresh and encourage pastors, whether they serve on a team or in a difficult and lonely place. At Basics 2017, we again focus on the teaching of the Bible and opportunities for fellowship that our hearts, minds, and souls might be renewed and fortified.
Alistair Begg, along with guests Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and Sinclair Ferguson Professor at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, TX and assistant minister at St. Peter’s Free Church in Scotland remind pastors (and those involved in other areas of ministry) of His truth, that they might be stirred up and encouraged to keep ministering.
How has God been speaking to you through His Word in the past year? In Encore 2010, we’re highlighting some of the most requested messages from the past 12 months. With topics such as fear and anxiety, giving, attitudes, family, the church, and faith and salvation, there is encouragement from God’s Word for everyone.
When you teach a small child a new skill, it’s helpful to repeat it over and over. Likewise, as adults, we often learn best when we hear and apply a lesson or truth multiple times.
This compilation of our most popular messages of the year, chosen by our listeners, is designed to do just that: repeat the truths of God’s Word to us so that we can more fully understand the Bible and apply it to our lives. With messages on the meaning of the Gospel, God’s nature, spiritual warfare, trials and sufferings, and wisdom in relationships, this series will challenge all who listen.
Our most popular messages of 2012 are rich in both instruction and inspiration. For those seeking to strengthen their understanding and walk of faith, this series of messages from Alistair Begg points time and again to the One who provides both. Encore 2012 contains essential messages on the characteristics of true discipleship, the model for fatherhood, navigating life's difficulties, what it means to be a committed follower of Christ, and how Jesus fulfills God's purpose finally and fully. This series offers clarity and guidance to those desiring to live according to the will of God.
Once God rescues us from our sin, we can come to know Him more deeply by learning from His Word again and again. Encore 2013 presents a diverse collection of listener favorites from the past year. Spanning a variety of topics including the relevance of the Bible, church ministry, Christian character, and the biblical record of Jesus’ ministry, this series contains essential teaching that will navigate believers further down the road of their spiritual journey.
Does the Gospel speak to all of life? Our compilation of listener favorites from 2014 answers that question with a resounding “Yes.” In these messages, Alistair Begg explores God’s power to redeem and keep His people, His faithfulness in good times and bad from generation to generation, and the clarity with which His Word speaks into all of our circumstances and relationships. This series provides essential reminders that the basics of the Christian faith are the foundation upon which all of life is built.
Turning from sin and turning to Christ are marks of a converted life, but what does life look like after conversion? Encore 2016 brings together a collection of listener favorites from the Old and New Testaments to answer this question. In these messages, Alistair Begg explores how knowing God changes everything. Our relationships, words, deeds, and even our private thoughts are affected by accepting the truths of the Gospel. In addition to Gospel narrative, this compilation provides Biblical guidance on topics such as marriage, longing, submission, discipleship and church membership, showing us that a commitment to follow Christ is a commitment to bring all aspects of our life under His loving authority.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,” the Bible tells us. Only by opening the pages of Scripture and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through its words can we be certain that we stand on solid ground.
With that aim in mind, Encore 2018 gathers a selection of listener favorites from the past year, presenting an essential sampling of clear, relevant Bible teaching grounded in the authority of God’s Word. Drawing on both the Old and New Testaments, Alistair Begg guides us through the Bible’s counsel on wisdom, love, suffering, providence, and right living, as well as on everyday matters such as keeping the Sabbath, God’s design for men and women, and the raising of godly children. As we listen, we are reminded of the centrality of the cross of Christ—our surest hope in this life and in the next.
The Bible is an ancient book, but its central message—the good news that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died to save sinners—remains as timely and relevant today as ever. In this collection of listener favorites from the past year, Alistair Begg demonstrates how Scripture’s every page proclaims again and again the transforming power of the Gospel in the lives of those who receive it. Christ’s followers may not be exempt from disappointments or sadness, may struggle with sin, and may even be tempted to despair. As these messages explain, though, as we repent of self-righteousness and turn to God daily, He promises to fill us with a life-giving love for His Word, His people, and above all, His glory.