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Only Basis for Boasting

When the culture says we are at the center of the universe, the result is self-absorption that leads to emptiness and meaninglessness. Alistair Begg reminds graduating students and us that the remedy is not found in boasting in our own wisdom, strength, or wealth, but in knowing God as He has revealed Himself in the Lord Jesus. With that foundation, we can know life that is truly meaningful as our lives are poured out in service to God.

Jeremiah 9:23-24
id: 3086

Basics 2015

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 ...


id: 23515

Death and Dying

Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy with urgency because he understood that his death was near, and His foremost concern remained the preaching of the Gospel. Facing the reality of death, Paul recognized that his life had not been wasted, but was being poured out for God. This calm and direct approach to death contrasts greatly with our contemporary culture. In this message Alistair Begg encourages us to consider that judgment follows death and to trust in Christ’s offer of salvation as we face our own mortality.

2 Timothy 4:6
id: 3085

The Pastor's Role in the Praising Church

While there are many ideas surrounding corporate singing and music in the church, the Bible is clear on God’s directive to worship Him alone in a manner that is spiritual, rational, and grounded in Scripture. Alistair Begg takes questions from the audience as he instructs pastors to model the practice of worship they hope to see reflected in their congregations.


id: 3083

Series: Basics 2015


Back to the Basics Again, Part Two

There will always be those who promote a spirituality that is disconnected from the Word of God, but it is the duty of the pastor to bring the truth of Scripture to bear upon the church. Teaching from Paul’s second letter to Timothy, Alistair Begg reminds pastors of the charge they have been given, the challenge they face, and the character they are to have. Those who preach God’s Word must stay alert, endure suffering, and do the work of an evangelist as they fulfill the ministry to which God has called them.

2 Timothy 4:1-5
id: 3082

Series: Basics 2015


Running on the Gas of the Gospel

Everyone has a worldview that guides their behavior, but all philosophy without Christ is hollow. David Robertson exhorts pastors to be aware of the empty philosophies that are common today. Pastors should guard their people against the hopelessness of the world’s answers to life's biggest questions and teach the fullness that is only found in Christ.

Colossians 2:8-10
id: gs1179

Series: Basics 2015


Basics 2015 Panel Question Time

Listen in as Pastors Begg, Keller, and Robertson field questions from conference attendees covering a range of topics such as what it looks like to be a Spirit-lead church, the expectation of elders in a church, and what it means to engage culture.


id: gs1178

Series: Basics 2015


Satanic Exposition

In Psalm 91, God promises that we can trust him in times of danger, but there can be great difficulty in understanding and teaching this promise. Pastors must proceed carefully as they expound God’s Word because Satan is strategic in attacking the faith of God’s people. Tim Keller encourages pastors to interpret Scripture with Scripture so that they may understand and communicate God’s Word with faithfulness and accuracy.

Psalms 91:1-16
id: gs1176

Series: Basics 2015


Keeping Watch

What is the goal of pastoral ministry? With many temptations to stray from the instruction given to church leaders in the New Testament, Alistair Begg reminds pastors of their role as stewards of God’s people. As pastors seek to feed God’s flock and fulfill their ministry of pastoral care, they should encourage, exhort, admonish, and council out of love, both in public proclamation and individual care.


id: 3084

Series: Basics 2015


Comfort My People

With no guarantee of the influence Christianity will continue to have on our world, is the Church prepared for what is to come? David Robertson addresses the pastor’s role to comfort people and prepare the way for the Lord. While the obstacles of preaching are great, the unchanging Word of God brings life where nothing else can. When God’s Word is preached, it cannot return empty.

Isaiah 40:1-31
id: gs1175

Series: Basics 2015


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