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An Interview with John MacArthur

One of the greatest privliges of my life has been the education that God provided for me through the ministry of The Master’s College and The Master’s Seminary, both of which are John MacArthur’s schools. I recently found an article on Dr. MacArthur, which gives some wonderful personal information about him. If you don’t know much about John MacArthur, this is a great place to go to learn a little bit about his heart. You can find the article here.

December 20 2007 | Blog | Comments Off on An Interview with John MacArthur

Hard to Believe Book Review

In 2004 I attended the Shepherds’ Conference at Grace Community Church where Pastor John MacArthur spoke on the subject of the gospel being “Hard to Believe.” I still remember those sermons, as if I had listened to them yesterday. I wanted to stand up and shout “Amen!!!” throughout each message as Pastor John laid out the exclusivisity of the gospel and called us pastors to preach a faithful biblical gospel. Over the course of this semester I, along with the rest of my youth staff, have been reading the book “Hard to Believe” which is based on that sermon series. It has been such a joy to watch us all grow together in a deeper love and appreciation for the gospel through the study of this book.
“Hard to Believe” is definitely written to a lay audience. You will not find any fancy theological language in the book. MacArthur’s intention appears to have been to reach as broad of an audience as possible. In that same vein, this is one of the most straight forward, no holds barred explanations of the gospel that I have ever come across. MacArthur writes:
Following Jesus is not about you and me. Being a Christian is not about us; it’s not about our self-esteem. It’s about our being sick of our sin and our desperation for forgiveness. It is about seeing Christ as the priceless Savior from sin and death and hell, so that we willingly give up as much as it takes, even if it costs us our families, our marriages, and whatever else we cherish and possess.
I love this book because it reminds me of a truth that is very easy to forget: the gospel is hard to believe. It’s hard to repent of our sins, to come to the cross naked with nothing of our own to offer in exchange for salvation. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

November 27 2007 | Blog | 2 Comments »

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