A Man Sent from God
A Sermon on Mark 1
In Mark’s gospel, John the Baptist functions as a bridge between roughly 300 years of silence from God during the intertestamental period and to the introduction of Christ. He is the man whom God sent, who speaks on His behalf. He was, it seems, a strange man, in terms of his beginnings and his appearance and mannerisms. And yet, his effectiveness in ministry cannot be contributed to his strangeness, as if he were but a side-show in the dessert for all to marvel at. Alistair Begg takes us through the five marks of his ministry that explain his effectiveness and function as a measure for pastors speaking God’s word into our culture. He calls young pastors to prophetic preaching as a passionate, personal plea.
Alistair Begg has been in pastoral ministry since 1975. Having begun his ministry in Scotland, he has been the senior pastor at Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio since 1983. He is a graduate of London School of Theology, and subsequently studied at Westminster Seminary, from which he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity in 2009. He is the author of numerous books, including the recent Name Above all Names (Crossway, 2013). He is also featured on the radio program Truth for Life.