Grace to You

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There are a few weeks now before the celebration of the fortieth year here and it seems to me that those 40 years have passed very rapidly since that second Sunday in February of 1969 when I came here in my twenties. And I really only had one qualification to be the pastor of this church and it was this, the two prior pastors had died of a heart attack and the church was supporting both widows. And they said, "Get a young one." They really didn't want another widow to support or another pastor to die, so they just wanted somebody who would last a while. Little did they know that I would last this long.

But in those early years when I came to Grace Church, that first Sunday was very unforgettable to me, over in the chapel. There was only the chapel and that small building and I have lived, as many of you have, through the years of seeing the hand of God on this church. And I just want you to know, I need to do a peremptory strike before we get to the first Sunday of February and you get confused about the reason this church is what it is, and it's not me. I will accept the gratitude and the love and affection that comes that day, but before you ever get there, I want to tell you the real reason why this church is what it is, and it is not because of me. It is because of truth...it is because of truth and some particular truths that have been the guideposts, the fixed points, the landing lights that have never moved and never changed to which all of us have directed our ministries and our lives for these 40 years....

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry... gty.org

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