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A Charge to a Man of God, Part Two

In addition to avoiding sin, church leaders must also pursue virtue. In this message, Alistair Begg examines righteousness and godliness, which can only be achieved through the transforming work of Christ. Our pursuit of righteousness and godliness is revealed in the use or abuse of our time, money, talent, and appetite.

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Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2


A Charge to a Man of God, Part One

Paul directed Timothy to avoid the lifestyle of the false teachers who saw ministry as a means to financial gain. Alistair Begg teaches us that leaders establish the pattern of spiritual maturity for the church by what they pursue and what they set their minds against. Godly living is not accomplished by human effort alone, but is the result of God’s grace and divine enabling.

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Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2


Contentment or Corruption, Part One

The world seduces us with suggestions for happiness--wealth, power, the ideal weight, and bigger, faster, fancier possessions. Alistair Begg suggests that the acquisition of all these things only leaves the heart longing for more. Christian contentment is found in trusting in God’s provision rather than placing our hope in what we can acquire.

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1 Timothy 6:6-10
id: 1992

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2


Contentment or Corruption, Part Two

Neither money nor wealth is inherently evil, but the love of money exposes an individual to temptation and the danger of falling into the devil’s trap. Alistair Begg explains telltale signs that indicate an inordinate love of money. While money may give the illusion of security, it actually breeds anxiety and ruin when it replaces God in man’s affections.

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1 Timothy 6:6-10
id: 1993

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2


False Teachers

The purity of the Gospel must be maintained through successive generations so that false teaching can be readily detected. Alistair Begg outlines the characteristics of false teachers and the consequences of their teaching, noting that they primarily seek glory and profit for themselves. Christians in every generation must beware of the temptation of novelty preaching and remember that “the main things are the plain things and the plain things are the main things.”

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1 Timothy 6:3-5
id: 1990

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2


True Servants

Paul seems to endorse slavery in 1 Timothy 6:1-5, but, Alistair Begg demonstrates that Paul's overarching concern was that God would be glorified and the Gospel would be attractive. Similarly, in modern culture, true servants of Christ will respect their bosses, work hard, and maintain a godly attitude, regardless of their circumstances or treatment. By these means, God is glorified and others may be drawn to Christ.

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1 Timothy 6:1-5
id: 1988

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2


Lessons in Leadership, Part One

While all Christians are responsible to the leadership of Jesus Christ, God has appointed certain men to be held accountable for leading local congregations. Such responsibility deserves honor and remuneration, but can also be accompanied by allegations of misconduct. Alistair Begg cautions that accusations against a leader should only be considered when there is corroboration, and if discipline is necessary, it should be purposeful and restorative.

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Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2


Lessons in Leadership, Part Two

Whether sin is publicly exposed or remains hidden and secret, it never escapes the watchful gaze of God. Wise judgment and patience are necessary in appointing and disciplining church leaders, and we must avoid favoritism, which can eventually destroy a local church. Alistair Begg reminds us that leaders must diligently guard their own integrity and purity if they are to be useful in serving God.

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Series: Household of Faith, Volume 2


Continuous Evangelism

The overarching story in the book of Acts is the evangelism of the lost. The early believers shared and witnessed the Good News of the Lord Jesus, and God added to their numbers daily. A Spirit-filled church is not self-centered and self-contained but mission-driven by nature. This does not mean that every child of God needs to evangelize in a faraway land. Carrying out missionary discipleship within our normal daily routine can equally bring glory to God.

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Acts 2:42-47
id: 1983

Series: Seven Marks Of An Effective Church