1. Questions and Answers with John MacArthur (Selected Scriptures)

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    http://www.gty.org/video/conferences/CONF-SC08-05 2008 Shepherds' Conference (Session 05) Taken from the 2008 Shepherds' Conference; ©2008 by John MacArthur. For more information, visit www.shepherdsconference.org.

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    • The Persistence of Love, Part 2 (1 Corinthians 13:8-13) John MacArthur

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      http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-406 We're going to bring to finish our brief look at 1 Corinthians chapter 13. Take your Bible and open to 1 Corinthians chapter 13, well known as the love chapter. And in a sense, we're just going to kind of wrap up the finish and perhaps this will be a little bit more like a lesson on how to interpret the Bible than a sermon, and you'll find out what I mean by that when we get to the point we're going to be making. But maybe I could teach you not only what the text is saying, but teach you the process that one goes through to discern that when you're dealing with something that isn't necessarily apparently clear immediately on the surface. So we'll get to that in just a moment. But let me read the chapter for you because I want it to be in your mind, this great chapter on love. "If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor and if I surrender my body to be burned but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous. Love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly. It does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered. Does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away. If there are languages, or tongues, they will cease. If there is knowledge, it will be done away for we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child. When I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly but then face-to-face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love abide these three, but the greatest of these is love."...

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      • Characters on the Road to the Cross, Part 1 (Luke 23:26-33) John MacArthur

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        http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/42-283 Just a little bit overwhelming this morning to worship the Lord with you all. I attended a lot of different churches while I was gone and was very often disappointed in the lack of expressions of worship in the cross-centered, Christ-centered ways and so refreshing this morning. Well, when John Calvin was exiled from Geneva for three years and had to leave. Came back three years later, his first Sunday back after three years, he picked up with the next verse that he had left off with three years before. I’ve only been gone two months, but we’re going right back to where we left off. We are now near the cross. After all these many years of journeying with Christ, it only took Him three years to live His life of ministry. It’s taken us ten to follow Him and understand everything He taught and did. We have come finally now to the last two chapters of Luke’s great gospel, chapters 23 and 24 which take us to the cross and to the resurrection. For this morning’s text, it’s Luke 23 and verse 26 is where we will pick up the narrative of Luke. Luke chapter 23 and verse 26. However, to put the setting in our minds, I want to go back to verse 13 of Luke 23 and begin reading there. Luke chapter 23 and verse 13. “And Pilate summoned the chief priests and the rulers and the people and said to them, ‘You brought this man to me as one who incites the people to rebellion. And, behold, having examined Him before you, I have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him. Nor, has Herod. For he sent Him back to us. And behold, nothing deserving death has been done by Him. I will therefore punish Him and release Him,’ for he was obliged to release to them at the feast one prisoner....

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        • The Impossibility of Salvation, Part 1 (Luke 18:18-27) John MacArthur

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          http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-232 Let's open our Bibles to Luke chapter 18, we come to what is a very important passage in the experience in the life and the teaching of our Lord Jesus. Luke chapter 18 verse 18, and I want to read the text to you all the way down to verse 30 because it really is one unit that we'll examine over the next several weeks. Luke chapter 18 beginning with verse 18. "And a certain ruler questioned Him saying, 'Good teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?' And Jesus said to him, 'Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments. Do not commit adultery. Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not bear false witness. Honor your father and mother.' And he said, 'All these things I have kept from my youth.' And when Jesus heard this He said to him, 'One thing you still lack. Sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor and you shall have treasure in heaven. And come, follow Me.' But when he had heard these things, he became very sad for he was extremely rich. And Jesus looked at him and said, 'How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the Kingdom of God. For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.' And they who heard it said, 'Then who can be saved?' But He said, 'The things impossible with men are possible with God.' And Peter said, 'Behold, we have left our own homes and followed You.' And He said to them, 'Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the Kingdom of God who shall not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come eternal life.'"...

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          • Certainties that Drive an Enduring Ministry, Part 2 (2 Corinthians 4:2-18) John MacArthur

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            http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-343 I mentioned to you last week that I had been asked by John Piper to come to a conference at the end of this week and to speak on the subject of an enduring ministry. It's a little bit unusual to be in one church for all of your ministry, into the fourth decade, and he asked if I would speak to the issue of how does one maintain, survive an enduring ministry? I can honestly say that immediately I looked to the Scripture. There's nothing inside of me to define it. There's nothing I could say about, "Well, I did this...and I did that...and I did the other thing. And this is how I kind of tweaked my life and disciplined my life and ordered my priorities and this is how you have to do it if you want to have an enduring ministry, whether you're a pastor or just a faithful believer." I did what I do instinctively and that is, I went immediately to the Word of God and I asked the question...Who is the model of an enduring ministry? And it was easy for me to answer because he's my hero, the Apostle Paul. He is my spiritual hero. And I have tried to draw out of his life everything that I could squeeze, believe me, to understand the nature of the spiritual life, my life with Christ, to follow him as he follows Christ, that's what he told us to do. And also, to draw out of his life and ministry everything I could about ministry and ministry that is blessed. And going to the Apostle Paul is the right place to go because it is he who said at the end of his life, "I have finished the course, I have kept the faith." He also said, "I have fought the good fight." It is a battle. It is a struggle. It can be won. You can triumph. You can finish the course. You can keep the integrity of your life to the very end, even through immense struggle....

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            • The Substituted Servant, Part 2 (Isaiah 53:4-6) John MacArthur

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              http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-440 Now, let's open the Word of God to the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah. This is our sixth journey into this marvelous chapter and with every passing week as I survey the text that is here and all of the trails that it leads to other places, I am reminded of how fathomless this chapter really is. One could spend a lifetime here and going from here to all of the things that are implied and elucidated by this great chapter. Isaiah 53 poses a challenge to any preacher and that is to edit himself so that it does not become overly cumbersome and you miss the main point. I'm fighting against that a little bit. I'm further challenged because I normally prepare to have a beginning and an end and a middle, a whole sermon--I did last week--and to cover verses 4 through 6. I didn't make it. I got through verses 4 and 5, two thirds of the way, but we didn't have enough time for verse 6. So I have sort of a third of a message left. Well that presents to me is a great opportunity then to fill in with things that are really needful and related and I think helpful. It allows me to take a tangent of necessity rather than whim. And I'm going to do that with you a little bit this morning. It is always helpful to me to get altitude when I'm looking at a passage. The higher above the passage I get, the further the range of what I see. And I even love to get 40 thousand feet above the passage and I can look down and see everything from Genesis to Revelation and then eventually kind of get down out of that altitude and put the landing wheels down and arrive at the given passage that we're looking at. And that's what we're going to do. I want to get some altitude here for you and then we'll eventually put our wheels down in a little while at Isaiah 53 and wrap up our understanding of verses 4 through 6. But I want to start from a much wider perspective....

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              • An Appeal to Charismatic Pretenders (Matthew 7:13-27) Strange Fire Conference

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                http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/80-409 Strange Fire, part of Grace to You's Truth Matters conference series, evaluates the doctrines, claims, and practices of the modern charismatic movement, and affirms the true Person and ministry of the Holy Spirit. The conference features pastor and Bible teacher John MacArthur, as well as teaching or presentations by: R.C. Sproul Steve Lawson Conrad Mbewe Tom Pennington Phil Johnson Nathan Busenitz Justin Peters Todd Friel Joni Eareckson Tada For all Strange Fire messages, see http://www.gty.org/resources/sermon-series/325.

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                • The Scorned Servant of Jehovah, Part 1 (Isaiah 53:1-3) John MacArthur

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                  http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-437 For now I want you to open the Word of God to the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah, Isaiah chapter 53. We have had a couple of weeks of getting introduced to this chapter. Two weeks ago a rather broad introduction and then last Lord's day, which was resurrection Sunday, we looked at the introduction to chapter 53 that is given at the end of chapter 52. And that brings us, today, to this incredible chapter, Isaiah 53. This text is a bottomless well of biblical truth and reality. The more I search it, the deeper it goes. It is unparalled in my judgment in Scripture and to understand it would be the challenge of a lifetime. It is deep, it is high, and it is wide. And I will do the best I can to discern all that is here for us and leave, even having done that, much to you for your own future study. But to set this incomparable chapter in your mind, I want to read it to you, starting in verse 1....

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                  • The Childlikeness of Believers, Part 2 (Matthew 18:10-14) John MacArthur

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                    http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-347 The Word of God is an inexhaustible treasure. It yields to us unending riches as we open it up. And let's do that again, the eighteenth chapter of Matthew is our text, the eighteenth chapter of Matthew and we are listening to the instruction of our Lord on the subject of the childlikeness of the believer. This is such a monumental portion of Scripture that I want to read the opening 14 verses and even though we have already spent one message looking at this, I want to bring it all back to your minds so I want to read from verse 1 down through verse 14, Matthew 18. "At that time the disciples came to Jesus saying, 'Who then is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?' And He called a child to Himself and set him before them and said, 'Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name, receives Me. But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks, for it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes. And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you, for it is better that you enter into life crippled or lame than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than having two eyes to be cast into the fiery hell. See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually behold the face of My Father who is in heaven.'" And then dropping down to verse 12, "What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? And if it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. Thus it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish, or be destroyed."...

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                    • The Supernatural Burial of Christ (Luke 23:50-56) John MacArthur

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                      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-290 We come to the final paragraph in the twenty-third chapter of the Luke account of the life of our Lord Jesus. Let's open our Bibles to Luke chapter 23 and verses 50 through 56. This section of Luke's gospel looks at the burial of Jesus. And, I guess, counter intuitively I've entitled it, "The supernatural burial of Jesus." That might be a little like an oxymoron, how can a burial be supernatural? We looked at the cross and we saw some supernatural elements there, the darkness, the earthquake, the rocks splitting, the rending of the temple curtain, the resurrection of the dead, miraculous, for sure. And certainly when we talk about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, that is a massive miracle as He comes back from the dead and gives life to His own body. But in what sense is the burial of Jesus supernatural? I suppose the burial of Jesus isn't something you've considered a lot. We celebrate the death of Christ and the resurrection of Christ, but the burial of Christ is as supernatural and as divinely wrought as anything else in the incarnation. In fact, the burial of Jesus is so important that all four gospel writers talk about it and they give detail. And the detail they give is related to the supernatural elements of His burial....

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