In Hebrews, the writer reminds Christians to “run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith.” In the Bible, we can find many stories of those who have stayed the course during difficult times. In this selection of sermons, Alistair Begg encourages us with the reminder that when hard times come, we are to keep on and rest in the promises of God.
The story of Daniel and the lions’ den provides great insight into what it means to persevere faithfully amidst adversity. Characterized by integrity, wisdom, discipline, and prayer, Daniel was trusted by the king of Babylon, but despised by his jealous, corrupt colleagues. Although Daniel’s faith and refusal to compromise made him the target of an evil plot, Alistair Begg points out that it also made him an instrument for God’s deliverance and glory. To finish well, we too must commit to staying the course.
Anything “new” can seem very appealing. However, as the Apostle Paul cautioned his young protégé Timothy, our belief and teaching must always be founded on the timeless truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From 2 Timothy 3, Alistair Begg emphasizes the importance of continuing onward in faith, trusting in the Scriptures and following the examples of godly leaders.
The Bible tells us that endurance in the Christian life provides a litmus test for professed faith. The writer of Hebrews, meanwhile, gave a sober consideration of followers of Jesus who apostatized. In this sermon, Alistair Begg investigates what Scripture says about both those who persist and those who fall away. Under the cross of Christ, our partnership and sympathy with one another are vital helps in remaining resilient as we persevere in doing God’s will.
God always finishes what He starts. Paul wrote to the Philippians that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” This encouraging truth is Alistair Begg’s focus as he considers God’s divine power to preserve and protect the faith of His followers, both in this life and the next. As believers, we can rest in His promises, knowing that we are safe in the hands of a mighty and loving Father who will forever sustain His saints.
The world’s approach to “truth” can feel like a buffet, with people choosing to believe whatever sounds most appealing. As Paul passed the baton of faith to Timothy, however, he challenged him to keep his head clear amid the unpredictability that surrounded him. Wrapping up our study on 2 Timothy, Alistair Begg encourages us to uphold the unwavering principles of Scripture. As we face down hardships, he reminds us, God will give us abundant grace to remain useful in his service.
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