1. The Final Generation, Part 1 (Mark 13:28-37) John MacArthur

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    http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-69 Let’s open the Word of God then to the thirteenth chapter of Mark’s gospel, Mark chapter 13. We are coming to verses 28 to 37 in our ongoing look at this amazing account of our Lord’s life, and we’re going to be looking at verses 28 to 37, both this morning and this evening. While it’s not a long passage, it’s loaded. And in order to cover all the ground, we’re going to do that this morning and tonight. And then next Sunday we will leave the subject of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, and move right in to the things that lead up to the death and resurrection of Christ. Let me read this text for you. Verse 28, Mark 13, “Now learn the parable from the fig tree. When its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know the summer is near. Even so, you too when you see these things happening, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. But of that day or hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. Take heed, keep on the alert, for you do not know when the appointed time will come. It is like a man away on a journey who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the door keeper to stay on the alert. Therefore, be on the alert for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening at midnight, or when the rooster crows or in the morning in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. What I say to you, I say to all, be on the alert.”...

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    • Christ: The Living Expositor, Part 1 (Luke 24:13-32) John MacArthur

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      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-293 I want to begin by reminding you of something that I'm sure you know. But in this context, it suits our understanding of the text to refer to it. The most important reality in the world is truth...truth...God's truth...the truth that saves from hell. The most important truth of all. There's only one place this truth is found and that is in the Scriptures, the Word of God, the Bible. Only those who understand the Bible can know the truth about salvation and be saved from hell. Only those who know the truth of the Bible can live fulfilled, obedient, blessed, effective, joyful lives. All matters of salvation and sanctification, and all understanding of future glorification is contained in the Bible. Therefore the greatest service that can ever be rendered to anyone is to explain to them the meaning of the Bible. We call that Bible exposition. That means to explain the meaning of Scripture. To understand Scripture is to understand everything from God's perspective, the one true view. All of the purposes of God for humanity, all of the purposes of God in history and eternity, all of the purposes of God from beginning to end and top to bottom, the comprehensive view of all things can be known only to those who understand the meaning of Scripture. Therefore, again I say, the greatest service you can render to anyone is to give them an understanding of Scripture. Never is that more powerfully indicated or illustrated than in the passage that is before us this morning, where Jesus confronts two of His followers who are ignorant, who are in the darkness, who are filled with doubt, who are confused, who are distressed and gives them the clarity of a true understanding of Scripture. He opens the Scripture and shatters the darkness and confusion with the light of truth. In fact, verse 27 of Luke 24 sums it up, beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, "He explained to them concerning Himself in all the Scriptures."...

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      • Is Experience a Valid Test of Truth? (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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        http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-461 As you know, over the last number of weeks, we have been sort of anticipating the coming of our Strange Fire Conference which will be held here at Grace Church on October 16 through 18th. This is the second in what we’re calling Truth Matters Conferences, and this one addresses the issue of the Charismatic Movement which has had a greater negative impact on the church over the last 25 years than probably any other Movement at all. It has created all kinds of chaos. It needs to be addressed and so that’s what we’re going to do in that conference....

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        • Christ: The Living Expositor, Part 2 (Luke 24:13-32) John MacArthur

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          http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-294 Open your Bible, if you will, to the twenty-fourth chapter of the gospel of Luke. We have already read this wonderful story of the post-resurrection appearance of the Lord Jesus to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Never have two people gone from such pits of despair to heights of joy, from believing that all their hopes and all their aspirations and all their expectations and even their redemption and their salvation was lost because Jesus had been crucified. All the way to realizing that all their hopes and aspirations and expectations, their redemption and their salvation was indeed accomplished because Jesus was alive. It would be hard for us to comprehend their disappointment. It would be equally hard for us to comprehend their exhilaration. The transition was from the depths to the heights. There are so many important lessons for us for all people in this story. The primary one was Jesus rose from the dead. The secondary one is that His death and resurrection had been prophesied many times in great detail in the Old Testament. Knowing that Christ is alive is the first great lesson. The second great lesson is knowing that Scripture is alive. Those are the lessons that we want to learn as we look at this tremendous account....

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          • The Full Force of the Resurrection (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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            http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/80-320 Always such a joy to sing the songs of resurrection. I look forward to this week. I look forward to the preparation in the Word of God to preach again on the glories of the resurrection. Look forward to singing those songs and a little bit like Christmas carols, we only get to do this once a year. We need to inject them at other times, they're so glorious and so triumphant. And while we celebrate the resurrection, we anticipate the celebration of the resurrection, look forward to it with great joy. There are many in the world who believe that this is the perfect time to assault the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And so, every year around this time efforts are made to discredit the resurrection of Jesus Christ among those who are skeptical. This year, perhaps the most widely spread effort, was made by some anti-Christian people who tried to sell the world on the idea that they had actually discovered the Jesus family tomb and that Jesus' bones were there. They suggested that this discovery, however, should not be at all disturbing to Christians because the physical resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ isn't really the idea, it's just that He rose in spirit. That's all that's important. Well obviously they are very bad theologians. They prove to be equally bad archeologists and bad journalists. Since it only took a few days, amazingly, a few days after the appearance of the book on the Jesus family tomb, and the first showing of the documentary on television to have the whole thing debunked and all further broadcasts immediately cancelled....

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            • Mark, the Restored Deserter (Mark 1:1) John MacArthur

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              http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-1 Well this morning, for the first time in the history of my ministry at this church, we open to the book of Mark, a new era in our church life, and a somewhat monumental experience for me since 40 years ago when I came, it was my objective to teach through the entire New Testament verse by verse. I have done that in these 40 years and arrived finally at the last book, the book of Mark. And with the completion of this book, the whole of the New Testament will have been taught here in our church and what an immense incalculable privilege it has been for me. I think you are going to enjoy, I think you’re going to love, you’re going to cherish your experience in the gospel of Mark. Let’s open to the first verse and read that verse with the understanding that this is the title of the book, the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God...

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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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                • Jesus' Humble Coronation, Part 2 (Luke 19:28-44) John MacArthur

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                  http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-242 Let's open our Bibles now to the study of the Word of God, to the nineteenth chapter of Luke, Luke chapter 19. And we are returning to the text of Scripture that describes what is commonly known as our Lord's triumphal entry, His entry into Jerusalem for the last time where He is hailed by the crowds as the Messiah. It begins in verse 28, let me read this text again to you. This is part 2 of what we began last week. "After He had said these things, He was going on ahead ascending to Jerusalem. And it came about that when He approached Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples saying, 'Go into the village opposite you in which as you enter you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you why are you untying it, thus shall you speak, The Lord has need of it.' And those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, 'Why are you untying the colt?' And they said, 'The Lord has need of it.' And they brought it to Jesus and they threw their garments on the colt and put Jesus on it. And as He was going, they were spreading their garments in the road. And as He was now approaching near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, saying, 'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.' And some of the Pharisees and the multitudes said to Him, 'Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.' And He answered and said, 'I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out.' And when He approached, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, 'If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace, but now they have been hidden from your eyes, for the days shall come upon you when your enemies will throw up a bank before you and surround you and hem you in on every side and will level you to the ground and your children within you. They will not leave in you one stone upon another because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.'"...

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                  • The Patriarchs: An Enduring Faith (Hebrews 11:20-22) John MacArthur

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                    http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-386 We have a big challenge ahead of us tonight, although there are only three verses to look at in Hebrews 11. Essentially these three verses summarize a story that goes from Genesis chapter 12 to Genesis chapter 50. So we're not going to over all of that, but we're certainly going to intersect with it a little bit. Let's look at Hebrews chapter 11...Hebrews chapter 11 and we find ourselves looking at the heroes of faith. We have already considered Abel and Enoch and Noah and Abraham, the man who was introduced in Genesis 11 and 12. And now as we leave Abraham behind, we come in verse 20 to Isaac and to Jacob and to Joseph. These are the four patriarchs that take up that large section of the book of Genesis from chapter 12 through chapter 50. So let's see what it says about them....

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                    • The Mystery of Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:50-58) John MacArthur

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                      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-412 We come now to the final section of 1 Corinthians 15. We have been going through this great resurrection chapter. You’re a wonderful congregation to preach to, you love the truth, you embrace the truth with a full heart and you express so often, as many of you have to me, your joy over what we’ve learned in this chapter. It’s been so encouraging to me. Not everybody is interested in what happens after we die. Most people today, even in churches, seem to be a lot more interested in what goes on here. But for some of us, what happens after death is the most important. My friend Daniel Henderson said the other day, “Isn’t it odd in our prayers that we spend most of time praying to keep people out of heaven who are headed there, then we do praying lost people into heaven who aren’t headed there?” I think we sometimes lose sight of the glories of heaven, even as we pray for saints, resisting in some ways the best that God has for them, entrance into His presence....

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