In the opening session of the 2007 Basics Conference, Derek Thomas and Edward Lobb share their testimonies of salvation. Following these stories of how God equipped and used them in ministry, Alistair Begg explains the purpose of the conference: to keep ministers focused on the biblical Gospel message. Just as Paul exhorted Timothy, so Alistair exhorts attendees to watch their lives and doctrine closely, living with consistent holiness and accurately proclaiming the Gospel.
11Command and teach these things. 12Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15Practice these things, immerse yourself in them,3 so that all may see your progress. 16Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
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