What is pastoral ministry really about, at its core? The four-fold directive that the Apostle Paul gave to Timothy provides a clear perspective: always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry. In this message, Alistair Begg explores these timeless imperatives and encourages Christian ministers to persevere in preaching the Gospel even in the middle of a challenging culture.
How does a pastor determine what to say on a Sunday morning? In this message, Alistair Begg leads us through Paul's solemn yet simple charge to Timothy: Preach the Word of God. As ministers fulfill this biblical call to preach, congregations too are called to receive the Word, and we are all called to patiently trust that God will fulfill His Kingdom purposes.
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.
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.
Farmers reap a harvest through patient attention to the daily demands of their crops and consistent hard work. Like the farmer, most of our Christian experience consists in diligent attention to the ordinary routines of life. In this message from 2 Timothy 2:4-6, Alistair Begg explores this comparison. Although the prospect can seem daunting, we can be encouraged that our obedience to the law of God in the daily routines of life and ministry flows from communion with the Lord Jesus and is enabled by the grace of God.
How does one do Gospel ministry in a culture that is undergoing a serious moral crisis? In the opening session of the 2014 Basics Conference, Alistair Begg answers this question with a surprising reply: preach through Ecclesiastes! With a message as equally relevant and timely today as it was then, Ecclesiastes demands a fresh look.
Series: Basics 2014
The early Church clearly understood that prayer is at the center of Gospel ministry. Today, however, many churches have lost conviction regarding our urgent need to keep prayer at the heart of our mission. Daniel Henderson explains that praying churches are not primarily a matter of programming, but of a culture of prayer that begins with leaders who seek God earnestly and grows as prayer becomes the center of every aspect of ministry.
Series: Basics 2014
How can burnout be a problem in ministry when Christ Himself encouraged His followers to give up everything for the sake of the Gospel? Christopher Ash explains that there is a vital difference between living sacrificially for Jesus and pursuing our calling in a way that leads to mental and physical exhaustion. When Christian leaders bear in mind that we are created by God from dust and that all of our endeavors are dependent on Him for success, we are reminded that Gospel ministry is a humbling privilege and enabled to rejoice that we are recipients of God's grace in ...
Series: Basics 2014