1. Testing the Spirits (John MacArthur) Strange Fire Conference

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    http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/TM13-6 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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    • David's Son and LORD (Luke 20:41-44) John MacArthur

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      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-249 In our study of the Word of God, we find ourselves, this morning, in the twentieth chapter of Luke's gospel, Luke chapter 20 coming to the conclusion of this rich twentieth chapter. Perhaps more importantly than the chapter is the chronology. We are now late in the day on Wednesday of the last week of our Lord's life. He will be crucified on Friday and risen on Sunday morning. This is Wednesday. It was most likely Monday that He made His entry into the city of Jerusalem, to the hosannas of the massive multitude. On this Wednesday, He has spent the entire day in and around the temple area, teaching large crowds and being confronted by the religious leaders. They have done everything they can on this day to publicly discredit Him. The Pharisees have made their effort. The Herodians have made their effort. The Sadducees have made their attempt. All of them unsuccessful. All of them humiliated. All of them exposed by the wisdom and the clarity and the power of our Lord's response. Luke says in verse 40, "They didn't have courage to question Him any longer about anything." Now it's His turn to ask the questions. And in verse 41, we read this, "And He said to them, 'How is it that they say the Christ is David's Son, for David himself says in the book of Psalms, the Lord says to my Lord, sit at My right hand until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet. David, therefore, calls Him Lord and how is He His Son?'" If I were to title this message, I might simply title it, "David's Son and LORD." That in itself is a startling title. No Middle Eastern father would ever under any circumstances call his son Lord, that would be to honor and respect on its head. And yet David's Son is also David's Lord....

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      • Son of David, Lord of All (Mark 12:35-37) John MacArthur

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        http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-64 Let’s open the Word of God, back to the twelfth chapter of Mark, and so grateful that you are here tonight to keep the flow going in this section of Mark’s gospel. I want to read from verse 35 just through verse 37. It’s a brief portion of Scripture but it has very, very far-reaching implications. “And Jesus began to say, as He taught in the temple, how is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? David himself said in the Holy Spirit, the Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand until I put Your enemies beneath Your feet.’ David himself calls Him Lord. So in what sense is He His son? And the large crowd enjoyed listening to Him.” This very brief but highly impactful conversation that our Lord has on Wednesday of Passion Week in the temple as He teaches, addresses the most important and foundational reality of His ministry and that is His identity. Who is He? Who is this man Jesus? And is He in fact the Messiah? And is He even more than that, the Son of God, God incarnate?...

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        • Why the Church Will be Raptured before the Tribulation (The Prophet Daniel's Report #41)

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          Signs of His Coming: Netanyahu says a Nuclear Iran Would Choke the World Economy | 'All Hell Breaks Loose' at Jerusalem's Temple Mount as Muslims Clash With Police | Iran Says it Has the Upper-Hand in the Persian Gulf Today, we are at part 2 of a new series titled "The Church and the Tribulation" from John MacArthur's book "The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ." Our subject for today is titled "Why the Church Will be Raptured before the Tribulation". Action Point: Today, we will discuss how to pray in the end times.

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          • Coming in the Clouds (Mark 13:24-27) John MacArthur

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            http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-68 Let’s open the Word of God to the thirteenth chapter of Mark and we have some great challenges to discuss the great event, the culminating event of history of the world, the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Obviously this is an event that transcends this one text. We’ll do our best to give you a good view of it if not an absolutely comprehensive view. Now as I told you when we started the book of Mark, we’re trying to move a little more rapidly through the book of Mark, and we’re doing that. We’re actually going to finish the book of Mark early in June and that will be about a two-year effort to get through Mark, that’s pretty good, thinking that Luke took us ten years. So we’re definitely taking it at a faster clip. It is also true that in this particular section on the Second Coming of Christ, I preached fourteen messages when we went through Luke, and we’re covering it in just a very few. So all of that to say that if you want the full story, you can go back and listen to the Luke passage in Luke 21, or you can go all the way back to Matthew 24 and 25, or you can get the books that John Rourke mentioned a little while ago. But the intent for us is not to exhaust every detail, but to give you a sense of the significance and the truth of the passages that are before us....

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            • False Assurance of the Religious (John 8:37-47) John MacArthur

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              http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/43-47 I want you to open your Bible to John chapter 8, John chapter 8. I know they didn't know what I was going to preach on because I was so busy, I barely called anybody. So they just put kind of a blank in there. But, I do want to continue in John, and tonight continue in the Book of Acts. People asked me whenever I get around military locations if I'm related to General Douglas MacArthur, and I am. It's a distant relationship, but yes, the answer is yes. One very kind young man there thought that I would be interested to know that there was a midshipman back in the '20s who was a nephew or something of the general, and there was some information about him, so he gave me a little envelope with some information about a Malcolm MacArthur, thought I might be interested, and had a little picture of his grave site with a little cross where he was buried, as he died while he was a midshipman at the academy....

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              • The Christian and Taxes (Romans 13:6-7) John MacArthur

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                http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/80-365 Well thank you for coming tonight, you are a noble group to come tonight and find out that you should pay your taxes. I was afraid we'd empty the place with the subject, but we're glad you're here and ready, as always, to hear the Word of the Lord. We've been trying to get a bit of an understanding on the themes of the believer's relationship to the government, for obvious reasons, because we're living in a time when our own government is very volatile, governments in the world are even more volatile than our own situation. There are all kinds of voices shouting at us out there, all kinds of attitudes being propagated that people would like us to hold toward those who are in authority over us. This is a good time for us to do a reality check on what the Word of God expects of us, what God expects of us as citizens in our own nation. And so, we've been looking at this a couple of times, and then we took a few weeks break while I was gone, and now we're back to Romans 13 again. Let me read the opening seven verses to you of Romans 13. This is really the watershed, the benchmark passage on the believer's relation to the government. It says, "Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God and those which exist are established by God. Therefore, whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God, and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves, for rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same for it is a minister of God...that is governmental authority...to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid for it doesn't bear the sword for nothing, for a minister of God it is an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore, it is necessary to be in subjection not only because of wrath but also for conscience sake, for because of this, you also pay taxes for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them, tax to whom tax is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor."...

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                • God Gave Them Over (Romans 1) John MacArthur

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                  http://www.macarthurcommentaries.com Therefore refers back to the reasons Paul has just set forth in verses 18--23. Although God revealed himself to man (vv. 19--20), man rejected God (v. 21) and then rationalized his rejection (v. 22; cf. v. 18b) and created substitute gods of his own making (v. 23). And because man abandoned God, God abandoned men-He gave them over. It is that divine abandonment and its consequences that Paul develops in verses 24--32, the most sobering and fearful passage in the entire epistle. Paradidomi (gave ... over) is an intense verb. In the New Testament it is used of giving one's body to be burned (1 Cor. 13:3) and three times of Christ's giving Himself up to death (Gal. 2:20; Eph. 5:2, 25). It is used in a judicial sense of men's being committed to prison (Mark 1:14; Acts 8:3) or to judgment (Matt. 5:25; 10:17, 19, 21; 18:34) and of rebellious angels being delivered to pits of darkness (2 Pet. 2:4). It is also used of Christ's committing Himself to His Father's care (1 Pet. 2:23) and of the Father's delivering His own Son to propitiatory death (Rom. 4:25; 8:32) God's giving over sinful mankind has a dual sense. First, in an indirect sense God gave them over simply by withdrawing His restraining and protective hand, allowing the consequences of sin to take their inevitable, destructive courseú Sin degrades man, debases the image of God in which he is made, and strips him of dignity, peace of mind, and a clear conscience. Sin destroys personal relationships, marriages, families, cities, and nations It also destroys churches. Thomas Watson said, "Sin ... puts gravel in our bread [and] wormwood in our cup" (A Body of Divinity [Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth, 1983 reprint], p. 136)...

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                  • Assorted Attacks on the Bible #2 (John MacArthur)

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                    What are some typical complaints about the Bible? It's too narrow-minded . . . too confusing . . . too ancient to be practical today? Fact is, the Bible is perfect and potent, and you can prove it . . . http://www.gty.org/Radio/Archive

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                    • The Lord’s Supper: Symbolic or Literal? (1 Corinthians 11) John MacArthur

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                      http://www.macarthurcommentaries.com ... And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. (1 Corinthians 11:24–26) The bread that had represented the Exodus now came to represent the body of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. To the Jewish mind the body represented the whole person, not just his physical body. Jesus’ body represents the great mystery of His whole incarnate life, His whole teaching, ministry, and work—all He was and all He did. This is My body, which is for you. For you are two of the most beautiful words in all of Scripture. Jesus gave His body, His entire incarnate life, for us who believe in Him. “I became a man for you; I gave the gospel to you; I suffered for you; and I died for you.” Our gracious, loving, magnanimous, merciful God became incarnate not for Himself but for us. Whether a person wants and receives the benefit of that sacrifice is his choice; but Jesus made it and offers it for every person. He paid the ransom for everyone who will be freed. The cup that had represented the lamb’s blood smeared on the doorposts and lintels now came to represent the blood of the Lamb of God, shed for the salvation of the world. The Old Covenant was ratified repeatedly by the blood of animals offered by men; but the New Covenant has been ratified once and for all by the blood of Jesus Christ (Heb. 9:28), which God Himself has offered. The old deliverance was merely from Egypt to Canaan. So Jesus took the cup and said it is the new covenant in My blood. It is important to realize that this was not new in the sense that it was a covenant of grace replacing one of works. It is new in that it is the saving covenant to which all the Old Testament shadows pointed. The new deliverance is from sin to salvation, from death to life, from Satan’s realm to God’s heaven. Passover was transformed into the Lord’s Supper. We now eat the bread and drink the cup not to remember the Red Sea and the Exodus but to remember the cross and the Savior. Do this in remembrance of Me is a command from the lips of our Lord Himself. Sharing in the Lord’s Supper is therefore not an option for believers. We must have Communion on a regular basis if we are to be faithful to the Lord who bought us through the act we are called to remember. Not to partake of the Lord’s Supper is disobedience and a sin. For the Hebrew to remember meant much more than simply to bring something to mind, merely to recall that it happened. To truly remember is to go back in one’s mind and recapture as much of the reality and significance of an event or experience as one possibly can. To remember Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross is to relive with Him His life, agony, suffering, and death as much as is humanly possible. When we partake of the Lord’s Supper we do not offer a sacrifice again; we remember His once–for–all sacrifice for us and rededicate ourselves to His obedient service. For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. As often as we are willing to remember and to proclaim the death of Christ, we will celebrate Communion. No frequency is given, but it is a permanent feast. It is more than a remembrance for our own sakes; it is also a proclamation for the world’s sake. It is a testimony to the world that we are not ashamed of our Lord or of His blood, that we belong to Him and are obedient to Him. Communion is also a reminder of the Lord’s coming again, for He tells us to proclaim His death by this means until He comes. It helps keep us looking forward to the day when we will be with Him. It is a celebration of His present life and of His future return in glory...

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