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Counterfeit Christianity

If subsequent generations are to hold fast to the things of Christ, the people of God must be grounded in the truths of Scripture. Paul warned Timothy about false teachers arising from within the church, and Alistair Begg notes that counterfeit Christianity remains a matter of pressing urgency for the Church today. Christians must be instructed in sound doctrine in order live out our faith correctly and recognize errors in teaching.

1 Timothy 1:1-11
id: 1952

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 1


Household of Faith, Volume 1

For many, the Church is merely a gathering of people participating in religious activities. But the Bible makes clear that what God desires is a relationship with His children. When individuals grasp the immensity of God’s grace and respond in faith, they are born again by His Spirit and are incorporated into the Household of Faith.

In this series, Alistair Begg explores the first five chapters of 1Timothy, noting how keen Paul was to ensure that Timothy fulfilled his duties with moral integrity and Biblical authority. Recognizing that godly leadership was vital for the progress of the Church, ...


Public Prayer: Its Importance and Scope

Criticizing those in positions of leadership is common, even among Christians. Alistair Begg reminds us that because Christ died so that all may be saved, we should pray for all, including our leaders. Rather than complain, we should accept God’s providence and seek to please Him in our conversations.

1 Timothy 2:1-8
id: 1956

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 1


The Place and Posture of Christian Women, Part Two

Submission and the role of women in church leadership are hot topics of debate, even among Christians. Alistair Begg examines these sensitive issues from a biblical perspective using both Old and New Testament references. God assigns men and women equal but complimentary roles to promote order and completeness in service, not to create competition for status.

1 Timothy 2:9-15
id: 1961

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 1


Elders-Taking Care of God's Church

A church will not progress beyond the spiritual maturity of its leaders, so the appointment of qualified elders is of vital importance. Alistair Begg reminds us that when it comes to leadership, the Bible places greater emphasis on character than on giftedness. Christian leaders must pursue godly character because when a Christian leader falls into sin, many others are hurt.

1 Timothy 3:1-7
id: 1963

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 1


Deacons and Their Wives

What exactly is the role of a deacon, and how does it differ from the role of an elder in the church? Alistair Begg clarifies the similarities and differences between these equally valued roles and describes the character requirements that are necessary for deacons and their wives. Serving the church well, with a good attitude, brings blessing to the servant and glory to God, regardless of the roles we fulfill.

1 Timothy 3:8-16
id: 1964

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 1


The Mystery of Godliness

“The Gospel is true whether we believe it or not.” Alistair Begg echoes Paul’s sentiment expressed in 1 Timothy 3:14-16 and stresses the responsibility of the Church to safeguard the truth by studying Scripture, obeying it, and living it out with conviction. God chose to reveal the mystery of godliness through the incarnation of His Son, Jesus Christ--- a mystery that remains veiled to those who are perishing, but is salvation to all who believe.

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 1


The Approaching Apostasy

Paul warned Timothy that some who professed to be Christians would abandon the faith and turn from God. Alistair Begg explains that ultimately, the source of this abandonment was spiritual: hypocritical teachers who appeared wise, but actually sought to obscure the truth of the Gospel. When we know God’s Word and live in full enjoyment of His provision, we will not turn from God to the deceitfulness of false religion

1 Timothy 4:1-5
id: 1977

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 1


Pastoral Priorities in Dealing with False Teaching

Many people are searching for spiritual teachers that will tell them what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear. Alistair Begg reminds us that those who teach must be devoted to Scripture and the pursuit of godly character so that they can preach with integrity and confidence. Pastors and church leaders must be nourished in the deep truths of the faith and persevere in godliness because the salvation of those who listen is at stake.

1 Timothy 4:6-16
id: 1979

Series: Household of Faith, Volume 1


Household of Faith, Volume 2

Since the early days of Christianity, false teachers have sought to water down the Gospel and use it for their own glory and financial gain. While money and wealth are not necessarily evil, they can become idols, distracting our focus from God, granting a false sense of security, and inclining us to the appeal of false teaching.

In Volume 2 of the Household of Faith series, Alistair Begg completes the study of 1 Timothy, addressing the various responsibilities and risks of church leadership. He notes that great care and wisdom must be exercised in the choosing of leaders ...


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