There will always be those who promote a spirituality that is disconnected from the Word of God, but it is the duty of the pastor to bring the truth of Scripture to bear upon the church. Teaching from Paul’s second letter to Timothy, Alistair Begg reminds pastors of the charge they have been given, the challenge they face, and the character they are to have. Those who preach God’s Word must stay alert, endure suffering, and do the work of an evangelist as they fulfill the ministry to which God has called them.
Series: Basics 2015
In Psalm 91, God promises that we can trust him in times of danger, but there can be great difficulty in understanding and teaching this promise. Pastors must proceed carefully as they expound God’s Word because Satan is strategic in attacking the faith of God’s people. Tim Keller encourages pastors to interpret Scripture with Scripture so that they may understand and communicate God’s Word with faithfulness and accuracy.
Series: Basics 2015
With no guarantee of the influence Christianity will continue to have on our world, is the Church prepared for what is to come? David Robertson addresses the pastor’s role to comfort people and prepare the way for the Lord. While the obstacles of preaching are great, the unchanging Word of God brings life where nothing else can. When God’s Word is preached, it cannot return empty.
Series: Basics 2015
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.
Are our lives determined by fate or chance? Did God create the universe and then step aside to watch history unfold from a distance? In this message, Alistair Begg challenges us to consider that according to the Bible, the details of our lives actually unfold within the providence of God. He is working in every circumstance – good and bad – for His glory. The Christian can take comfort in the knowledge that all of our days unfold in the care of our loving Father.
What do Christians mean when we say that the Bible is “profitable” for life? Alistair Begg challenges us to consider that because when the Bible speaks, God speaks, His Word is both powerful and beneficial. Scripture brings the light of the Gospel to dark minds, empowers God’s people to battle sin, and strengthens the afflicted in times of need.
Whether it is the overt hostility faced by Christians in other parts of the world or subtle clashes with our own society’s ungodly mindset, all true believers experience some form of the “persecution” about which Paul warned Timothy. Beginning with these verses from 2 Timothy 3, Alistair Begg helps us consider the practical cost of living a godly life. As we learn to think biblically, we can respond to our circumstances in a Christlike manner.
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.
Some things are easy to understand. Other things require some thinking on our part before we grasp what we’re reading or hearing. In his final letter, the Apostle Paul called Timothy to this kind of reflection with regard to suffering for the sake of the Gospel. Alistair Begg points out how we can come to a correct understanding of suffering in our own lives: as we think biblically and focus on Jesus, we can learn to face difficulties in the strength and wisdom that He provides.
Though he was imprisoned and facing death, Paul's highest concern in his second letter to Timothy was for the gospel - that the message of grace and redemption would be passed to future generations. His roles, first as an apostle of Jesus Christ, and then as a preacher and teacher of the Gospel opened the door for his own suffering, but his confidence in the faithfulness of God sustained and nurtured his own faith under persecution.