Basics is our annual conference for pastors and Christian workers at Parkside Church. Each year, pastors, church leaders, and seminarians are invited to join Alistair Begg & a number of guest speakers for 3 days as we reflect together on the challenges, responsibilities, and privileges that face the modern church. Basics is for men: pastors, missionaries, evangelists, and Christian workers or those training for such roles.
Click on the links below to view audio or video from the 2015 Conference. Links updated as media becomes available.
Session Details & Media
Alistair Begg - Welcome and Session 1
Back to the Basics Again, Part One
In 2 Timothy 3, Paul encourages Timothy by reminding him of the truth he has been taught and instructs him to continue preaching God’s Word faithfully and patiently. This exhortation from by Paul is just as relevant for pastors today. Alistair Begg reminds pastors and congregations of the sufficiency of God’s Word and the need for patience to teach it no matter the circumstances.
David Robertson - Session 2
Comfort My People
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.
Tim Keller - Session 3
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.
Tim Keller - Session 4
The Healing of Forgiveness
In Mark 2, Jesus reveals that every person's greatest problem is our need for forgiveness. In this message, Tim Keller conveys the great grace and tenderness of Jesus, who is completely worthy of all our trust. Pastors must tell their hearers of their need for forgiveness and point them to Jesus, the only one who can remove the stain of sin from our lives.
Alistair Begg - Session 5
The Pastor's Role in the Praising Church
While there are many ideas surrounding corporate singing and music in the church, the Bible is clear on God’s directive to worship Him alone in a manner that is spiritual, rational, and grounded in Scripture. Alistair Begg takes questions from the audience as he instructs pastors to model the practice of worship they hope to see reflected in their congregations.
David Robertson - Session 6
Running on the Gas of the Gospel
Everyone has a worldview that guides their behavior, but all philosophy without Christ is hollow. David Robertson exhorts pastors to be aware of the empty philosophies that are common today. Pastors should guard their people against the hopelessness of the world’s answers to life's biggest questions and teach the fullness that is only found in Christ.
Alistair Begg - Session 7
Back to the Basics Again, Part Two
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.
All Speakers - Question and Answer Session
Panel Question Time
Listen in as Pastors Begg, Keller, and Robertson field questions from conference attendees covering a range of topics such as what it looks like to be a Spirit-lead church, the expectation of elders in a church, and what it means to engage culture.
David Robertson - Breakout Session
All preachers are to be evangelists because all preaching should be Christ-centered, but how is the message of the Gospel to be communicated? To answer this question, the pastor must consider the goal of preaching. In this message, David Robertson equips pastors with basic principles to help them to teach in a way that leaves the listener dwelling on a great God rather than a great preacher.
Alistair Begg - Breakout Session
What is the goal of pastoral ministry? With many temptations to stray from the instruction given to church leaders in the New Testament, Alistair Begg reminds pastors of their role as stewards of God’s people. As pastors seek to feed God’s flock and fulfill their ministry of pastoral care, they should encourage, exhort, admonish, and council out of love, both in public proclamation and individual care.