Today we’ll be listening to an episode of Truth for Life, the Bible-Teaching ministry of Alistair Begg.
Alistair Begg has been in pastoral ministry since 1975. Following graduation from The London School of Theology, he served eight years in Scotland at both Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church.
In 1983, he became the senior pastor at Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio. He has written several books and is heard daily and weekly on the radio program, Truth For Life. The teaching on Truth For Life stems from the week by week Bible teaching at Parkside Church. (About Alistair Begg)
The Word of God, Not Men
Even when suffering, the believers in Thessalonica rallied around their shared belief in the Gospel. On Truth For Life, Alistair Begg cites their confidence in God’s Word as a model for us today as we continue our study in First Thessalonians. (link)
Sermon Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
1 Thessalonians 2:13-16 (ESV)
13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind 16 by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last!
Part 2, I feel, gets a bit sidetracked and doesn’t quite complete the thought set up in part 1. It’s not bad, just seems to be addressing a different issue of error in Church history.
Hebrews 13:20-21 (ESV) | Benediction
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
In Christ Jesus,