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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


Speak for God

We ought not to court publicity for our virtue or notoriety for our zeal; but at the same time it is a sin to be always seeking to hide what God has bestowed upon us for the good of others. A Christian is not to be a village in a valley, but "a city set on a hill" 1; he is not to be a candle under a bushel, but a candle in a candlestick, giving light to all.


Retirement may be lovely in its season, and to hide one's self is doubtless modest, but the hiding of Christ in ...


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


God Makes Impossible Things Possible

The axe head seemed hopelessly lost, and as it was borrowed, the honor of the prophetic band was likely to be imperiled, and so the name of their God to be compromised. Contrary to all expectation, the iron was made to mount from the depth of the stream and to swim; for things impossible with man are possible with God.


I knew a man in Christ but a few years ago who was called to undertake a work far exceeding his strength. It appeared so difficult as to involve absurdity in the bare idea of attempting it. Yet he was ...


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