After identifying himself as an apostle of Jesus Christ, Paul began his second letter to Timothy by affirming their close relationship and praying that God would give him "grace, mercy, and peace." In this message, Alistair Begg shows us how that same grace, mercy, and peace are needed in our own lives and encourages us to prayerfully support those who lead us in the faith.
Those who lead any successful enterprise, if they are wise, will cultivate the "next generation" of leaders to ensure its success continues into the future. In this first study in 2 Timothy, Alistair Begg explains how Paul's concern for the Church led him to challenge this younger leader to hold the gospel firmly, without shame or fear.More
Paul’s second letter to Timothy issues a direct challenge to all who are tempted to embrace pragmatism at the expense of truth. Timothy is confronted by confusion in the realm of doctrine and morality. It was vital that he understood the absolute priority of defining and declaring the gospel so as to be able to speak with authority in an age of uncertainty. Some 2000 years later we face the same challenge and these studies prepare us to meet it.
If you feel inadequate for the task of sharing the Good News and wonder whether God can use someone like ... More
Voddie Baucham teaches from Paul’s final letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 1) where he opens his heart up before God. Voddie encourages preachers to not only preach, but to pray. A shepherd who preaches must be a shepherd who prays, and therefore the shepherd who prays will always be a shepherd who preaches. If the preacher finds himself at a point in life where prayer is absent, it’s directly indicative of one who is moving away from dependence on God.More
Series: Basics 2012
Alistair Begg recounts his own personal experience of coming to faith in Jesus Christ. Drawing upon his youth in Scotland, England, and later, Michigan, he encourages young people to choose relationships carefully – recognizing that friendships compel us to be good or bad, but seldom neutral. In pivotal moments when peers compel us to act, it is essential to stand firm upon our knowledge that Christ died for our sins and not waiver from our faith.More
Series: Lessons For Life, Volume 1
When Paul commended Timothy for his "sincere faith," what did he mean? Beginning with this passage in 2 Timothy, Alistair Begg examines the nature of saving faith and explains how it must be the basis for ministry. Like the young pastor Paul addressed, we must also develop the gifts that God has given us in order to bear spiritual fruit.More
After exhorting Timothy to develop his God-given gifts, the Apostle Paul provided encouragement by reminding him of the divine resources available to help him in this task. In this message by Alistair Begg, we learn that all God’s servants need to rely on the Holy Spirit for the power, love, and self-control to endure daily pressures and temptations. Believers are strengthened to pursue God’s purposes as we prayerfully exhort and encourage one another.More
The Gospel of Jesus Christ can be difficult to talk about – its message may be foreign or even offensive to others. The Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy to not be ashamed but to be willing to suffer for preaching the truth, and in this message Alistair Begg explores how that relates to our lives today. Suffering for the Gospel in this way exposes our own weakness and provides an opportunity for God’s power to be displayed through us.More
When Paul encouraged Timothy to join in his suffering for the Gospel, he left no question about what the Gospel is. It is not a vague idea that can mean whatever we want, and it cannot be changed to suit our circumstances. As Alistair Begg explains, the Gospel is the good news that sinful men and women are given new life and a new calling by faith in Christ, and it reorients how we view every aspect of life and ministry.More