Questions and Answers with John MacArthur

Q.        Why are you compelled to preach sequentially through books in the Bible?

Every word is profitable, every word is inspired. This is a mandate. Sequential preaching creates context.

Q.        How do you pull together an expository sermon?

There is no magic. Overview the entire book. Read commentaries you trust. Find a unit to preach on. Read it. Find out what it says. Then find out what it means. Use theological commentaries. Find cross references. Explore the doctrine behind the central theme. Frame the outline. Then prepare an introduction and a conclusion.

Q.        Becoming the kind of preacher God wants you to be?

Put all other things aside – leadership training, etc. Preaching demands our best effort. Set a good pace and keep up the pace you set. Don’t lose heart, falling into sin.

Q.        Important issues in setting the gospel before people?

Do not import things into the text which are not there. Exposit the elements of the gospel that are in the text. A superficial presentation of the gospel which is not tied to the text is an affront to the hearers.

Q.        How to get to the next level in preaching?

Admit that you don’t have enough to say. Find people who know a lot more than you do. Read. Build a library. Be a selective reader. You will only be as good as your material.

Q.        How to interface preaching demands and family time?

It is not about structuring time or an external requirement. It is about an investment. Then there are primary responsibilities. Everything else fits in the cracks. It takes being surrounded with gifted people. Expositors attract like-minded people.

Q.        The preaching of the word is the controlling factor in worship?

Preaching today is about evoking a superficial, emotional worship. The preaching is superficial, so the worship is superficial. If you hear profound theology being sung in the church it is because the congregation has been given a diet of profound theology from the pulpit.


The Institute for Expository Preaching whole series


The Power of Suffering

The Power of Suffering: Strengthening Your Faith in the Refiner’s Fire

By John MacArthur

Free kindle book for a very limited time

In today’s modern world of convenience and comfort, suffering can seem senseless. This idea has even crept into the church, where many believe that if we make the right choices and do the right things, pain can be avoided. So it’s little wonder that when do encounter tough situations, we face even tougher questions: Why does God allow suffering? Where is God when I’m hurting?

The Power of Suffering takes an in-depth, honest look at the reality of pain and hurt in the life of a believer. Filled with rich Biblical truths and fresh insights, this study explores how God ultimately uses suffering for good in the lives of His children, and offers encouragement and hope for the heavy heart.

Includes a guide for both personal and group study and features discovery questions, suggestions for prayer, and activities, all designed to connect life-changing truths with everyday living.


Saved Without A Doubt: Being Sure of Your Salvation

Saved Without A Doubt: Being Sure of Your Salvation by John MacArthur

Free Kindle Book until 6/14/13

Am I really saved? Am I going to heaven? How can I know for sure? Every believer has wrestled with these questions at some point in their journey. Saved Without A Doubt, examines Scripture to uncover the truth of salvation, while addressing tough questions that can hinder our faith. Readers will develop a Bible-based theology of salvation and be encouraged to securely rest in their personal relationship with Christ.


Found: God’s Will (John MacArthur Study)

Found: God’s Will (John MacArthur Study) [Kindle Edition] Free Book

Does God have a path for me? How do I make the right choices in life? Why is it so difficult to uncover God’s will?

Trusted pastor and teacher John MacArthur answers these vital questions and more. Found: God’s Will shares six powerful principles that will give you direction, fill you with purpose, and give you the confidence to live out His plan for you.


Shepherd’s Conference

I had missed previously that John MacArthur’s Shepherd’s Conference would be live streamed this week.

Here is remainder of the schedule:

2:00 pm Seminar Session 2 Details
3:15 pm Break
3:45 pm Seminar Session 3 Details
5:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 6 – Al Mohler

Friday, March 9, 2012

9:00 am General Session 7 – Phil Johnson
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Seminar Session 4 Details
Noon Lunch*
2:00 pm General Session 8 – Steve Lawson
4:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 9 – John MacArthur

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Local Attractions & Activities
7:00 pm Acts – The 3-Man Show (learn more)

Hope you get a chance to listen.


Expositor’s Conference 2011 – Blogging

Berean Husband is reporting (almost) live from the 2011 Expositor’s Conference at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. This is the third year for me to attend this conference. The first year featured Joel Beeke. Last year the featured speaker was R.C. Sproul. This year the featured speaker is Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. It is said that SBTS is the largest gathering of men being trained to preach the gospel that has ever been collected in the history of the earth. And, of course, the conference also features Steve Lawson every year, the pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Preeminence of Christ in Preaching”. The conference runs from Monday night through Tuesday night and includes seven sessions by Lawson and Mohler.

There is big news here again this year. The featured speaker for the 2012 Expositor’s Conference is John MacArthur. The dates for next year’s conference are September 24-25, 2012. Early registration is set at $89 per person plus $35 for spouse for the next 90 days.

As is the case every year, the book bag included with registration is full of outstanding books. The bag includes Lawson’s titles “Made in Our Image” and “Pillars of Grace” and Mohler’s work “He is Not Silent”.

It’s about ten minutes before the beginning of the first session. The crowd this year seems to be comparable with the last two years – perhaps 300 or 400 people here in the sanctuary.


Immature Christians – MacArthur

The Marks of Immaturity, and How to Keep Growing by John MacArthur

Selfishness is one telltale sign of immaturity. Babies are completely self-centered. They scream if they don’t get what they want when they want it. All they are aware of are their own needs and desires. They never say thanks for anything. They can’t help others; they can’t give anything. They can only receive.

And certainly there’s nothing wrong with that when it occurs in the natural stage of infancy. But to see a child whose development is arrested so that he never gets beyond that stage of helpless selfishness—that is a tragedy.

And that is exactly the spiritual state of multitudes in the church today. They are utterly preoccupied with self. They want their own problems solved and their own comfort elevated. Their spiritual development is arrested, and they remain in a perpetual state of selfish helplessness. It is evidence of a tragic abnormality.

Arrested infancy, in turn, results in a lack of discernment. Just as a baby crawls along the floor, putting anything it finds in its mouth, spiritual babies don’t know what is good for them and what isn’t. Immaturity and failure to be discerning go together; they are virtually the same thing.