John Fullerton MacArthur, Jr. is a United States evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You. MacArthur is a fifth-generation pastor, a popular author and conference speaker and has served as the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969, and as the President of The Master's College (and the related The Master's Seminary) in Santa Clarita, California.
Theologically, MacArthur is a conservative far-right Baptist, a strong proponent of expository preaching, a dispensationalist and a self-described Calvinist. He has been acknowledged by Christianity Today as one of the most influential preachers of his time, and is a frequent guest on Larry King Live as representative of an evangelical Christian perspective.
MacArthur has authored or edited more than 150 books, most notably the MacArthur Study Bible, which has sold more than 1 million copies and received a Gold Medallion Book Award. Other best-selling books include his MacArthur New Testament Commentary Series (more than 1 million copies), Twelve Ordinary Men, (more than 500,000 copies), and the children's book A Faith to Grow On, which garnered an ECPA Christian Book Award.
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Second Corinthians is the most personally revealing of all Paul's epistles. At the same time, it is perhaps the least familiar of all his inspired writings, often overlooked both by individual believers and preachers alike. The neglect of this magnificent epistle is an immense loss to the church, however, for it has much to offer. No one in ministr ...read
A Call for Discernment - Sermon 1
We return in our study of God's Word this morning to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. As we are fast coming to the conclusion of this wonderful epistle, we find ourselves this morning looking at the text of verses 21 and 22...1 Thessalonians chapter 5 verses 21 and 22. The Apostle Paul writes, "But examine everything carefully, hold fast to that which is ...read
A Call for Discernment - Sermon 2
As we come now to the joy of examining the truth of God's Word, I ask you to open your Bible to Paul's letter to the Thessalonians, the first letter, chapter 5 and look with me at verses 21 and 22. We began two weeks ago to consider the truth of 1 Thessalonians 5:21 and 22. We'll continue this morning and then again next Lord's day.
Let me remin ...read
A Call for Discernment - Sermon 3
It is our great privilege this morning to return in the study of God's Word to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. We are fast coming to the end of this great epistle. We find ourselves in verses 21 and 22 in a special three-part series entitled "A Call to Discernment." Let me read the text of 1 Thessalonians 5:21 and 22. "But examine everything carefully, ...read
A Crash Course in Christian Parenting
Open your Bible to Ephesians, chapter 6. The key verse, really, here in the New Testament that gives to us God's design for parenting, is verse 4. It simply says, "And you, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." It's a tremendous statement in that verse. It, again, with an economy of ...read
A Good Soldier
On June 12, 1944, just six days after D-Day in World War II, a young lieutenant named Richard Winters led his men to the outskirts of Carentan. As the officer in charge of Easy Company, of the 101st Airborne, he was tasked to clear the large French town of its German defenders. It would be a small battle, but it played a significant role in the mas ...read
A Look at the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement - Is it Biblical?
The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California, and "Answered" by their pastor, John MacArthur Jr.
I read an article in a "big city" newspaper, on the Pentecostal movement and I am still puzzled. These people, true believers, and if they are true believer ...read
A Scriptural Critique of Infant Baptism
A couple of weeks ago I gave a message on the issue of baptism and when I introduced that I was going to do that, I said that I wanted to give a follow-up message on the issue of infant baptism and I'm going to do that this morning. Now, I confess that this may seem a little more like a theological class lecture; you may feel like you've just enrol ...read
I noted for you earlier, in 1 Corinthians, chapter 2, Paul shunned manipulative oratory. He didn't do like many preachers do today. He wasn't into manipulating his crowd, he says in chapter 2, verse 1, of 1 Corinthians, "I didn't come with superiority of speech" (that's oratorical ability), I didn't come to bowl you over with my oration, I didn't c ...read
Back to the Future: Sermon 1
Let's turn in our Bibles to the book of Revelation. We are beginning with our study tonight an examination of the great truths of this marvelous book. As I began my study some time back, I was contemplating how I might be able to introduce the book. I thought of perhaps going back and beginning with some notes taken from the book of Ezekiel, or per ...read
Back to the Future: Sermon 2
And now we have that great privilege of going back to the future in our study of Revelation. Open your Bible again to chapter 1 and let me make a brief comment. Someone last week said, "There are 404 verses in the book of Revelation, you covered half of the first one, we calculate that's 808 messages at 50 messages a year, that is a long, long time ...read
Back to the Future: Sermon 3 - The Certainty of the Second Coming
We return to this great first chapter and look at verses 7 and 8. We read in these two verses, "Behold, He is coming with the clouds and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him, even so, amen. I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come the Al ...read
Back to the Future: Sermon 4 - A Jet Tour Through the Book of Revelation
Well tonight we're in for, I trust, a great time. And in order to make the most of it, open your Bible to the book of Revelation. Tonight we have as our purpose a tour through this marvelous book.
While you're turning to Revelation chapter 1 verse 1, let me just say that no book in Scripture reveals the glory of God and Christ in any more splend ...read
Baptism: A Matter of Obedience
I was flying across the country this week--a long flight--all the way to the east coast and the Lord always makes things serendipitous, always has a surprise or two; I was sitting next to a man who eventually took out a Bible and started reading it and as he was reading it, I said to him, "That's a Bible you've got there." He said, "It is," and I s ...read
Built to the Master's Plan
I realize I may be demonstrating little more than a firm grasp of the obvious when I tell you the contemporary church is looking more and more like a large corporation. Even church leaders are bearing a closer resemblance to CEOs and corporate executives than to humble, tender shepherds. Sadly, the good news -that a sinner can find forgiveness for ...read
But Does It Work?
In this Age of Show Business, truth is irrelevant; what really matters is whether we are entertained. Substance counts for little; style is everything. In the words of Marshall McLuhan, the medium is the message. Unfortunately, that kind of thinking rules the church as surely as it does the world.
A. W. Tozer wrote these words in 1955:
But What Does it Mean to Me?
That's a fashionable concern, judging from the trends in devotional booklets, home Bible study discussions, Sunday-school literature, and most popular preaching.
The question of what Scripture means has taken a back seat to the issue of what it means "to me."
The difference may seem insignificant at first. Nevertheless, our obsession with t ...read
Can God Bless America?
Obviously over the last number of weeks we have on Sunday nights been addressing issues that are on our minds and hearts at this time in our nation when we had been subjected to terrorists' attacks. I'm trying to keep up with all of the nuances, all of the twists and turns in the road as we go and try to shed some biblical light on the issues at ha ...read
Charismatic Chaos: Sermon 1 - "Are experiences a valid source of truth?"
We are going to embark upon a study of the Charismatic movement, the contemporary Charismatic movement that surrounds us in the Evangelical Church. Back in 1977, to be exact, I preached a series on the movement, or maybe a little even before that year. But a book came from it which I spent 1977 writing. That book was entitled, "The Charismatics." A ...read
Charismatic Chaos: Sermon 2 - "Does God still give revelation today?"
I want to just preface the message tonight, really a study of an issue rather than a text, which is a little unfamiliar to us as normally we are in certain texts of Scripture. But I want to preface it with just a couple of comments. First of all, I want to say that I am very much aware of the fact that not everyone who is associated with the Charis ...read