Every generation of Christians deals with false teachers – people who wear a mask of godliness to hide a sinful motive – and the church Timothy led was no different. The Apostle Paul instructed this young pastor to protect the women in his flock because they were often targeted by these men. In this message, Alistair Begg reminds us that God is sovereign over all these situations and will protect His Church from harm.
At the start of the third chapter of his second letter to Timothy, Paul warned this young pastor about difficulties he could expect from the surrounding culture. Alistair Begg helps us see that these same difficulties have faced every generation of believers, and explains how the world’s “solution” to the underlying problem is itself part of the problem. Only in Christ do we find the real answer: loving God above all.
What was it like to have a face-to-face encounter with Jesus? From the physically broken man of Mark 2, to the devoted religionist of John 3, to the promiscuous woman of John 4, Jesus personally engages each unlikely individual and the results are extraordinary. In this series, Jesus also encounters the alienated man of Luke 8, the despised tax collector of Luke 19, and the humble woman of Mark 14 and reveals their greatest need, which is not for physical healing or stature, but their need for a Savior. Not one individual walks away unchanged by their encounter with Christ. ...
When interacting with others, Christian leaders – and the rest of us – may be tempted to quarrel over points where we disagree. Exploring the final verses of 2 Timothy 2, Alistair Begg shows how the Apostle Paul emphasized kindness and patience toward all people, allowing God Himself to stir repentance in unbelieving hearts.
Christians often talk about being “used by God,” but what does that look like in daily life? Using Paul’s picture of a useful vessel in 2 Timothy 2, Alistair Begg helps us work through this concept. We learn that it means daily choices to live in the privilege of holiness, and the pursuit of godliness while fleeing from sin.
When we consider what it might look like to live a life that is committed to the cause of the Gospel, the Apostle Paul is an excellent example.
As Alistair Begg explains, what set Paul apart was not that he didn’t value the ordinary experiences of life, but that he viewed them all in relationship to the purposes and care of God. When we live with the Gospel in view, we learn that the greatest value is in a life lived well for God’s glory.
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.
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.
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.
Mark’s Gospel, the first to be written, emphasizes the certainty that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and the fulfillment of God’s purpose. With nearly a third of the narrative dedicated to the passion and the resurrection of Jesus, the Gospel of Mark aims to persuade all who read to believe in Jesus.
Attributed to John Mark, a contemporary of the disciple Peter, the Gospel is identified as Peter’s first-hand account of life with Jesus. Not a creator, but a conscientious compiler of the information, Mark provides vivid descriptions of the relationship between Jesus and His disciples, ...