December 10, 1989
Becoming a pastor is more than accepting a new job assignment: God calls men to ministry, and He equips them for work that is grounded in His Word. In this ordination sermon, Alistair Begg reviews the priorities of pastoral ministry. Although the environment in which a pastor serves may be marked by intolerance for truth and preference for error, the pastor's priority must be to preach the Bible faithfully in the power that God provides.
1I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3For the time is coming when people will not endure sound1 teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.