1. An Introduction to Christ in the Old Testament (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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    http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-430 For this morning, I am very happy to say to you that we're going to begin our series on finding Christ in the Old Testament. That's going to happen right now. However, you're going to have to be patient with me because I'm hitting the reset button on my entire life. So I have for months been reading and absorbing and all of this, even when I went back in my days of seminary, I took a minor in college, I took a minor in Greek, that's the language of the-- original language of the New Testament. I made a much greater emphasis in seminary on Greek and I've loved working in the New Testament. Now it's a shift for me into the Old. I'm not unfamiliar with it, but I have absorbed so much in the last number of months. Somebody reminded me this morning that it was nine weeks ago that I said I was going to do that and it's taken me nine weeks to get to this point and that's because I can do anything I want, basically. I just show up and nobody tells me what to do. So there were other things on my heart like the ministry that we talked about with regard to Romans 8 and the Holy Spirit. But now, we are at a point to begin to find the Lord Jesus in the Old Testament. And I want to lay some groundwork for that and help you understand why it is important and how it fits into the plan of the Word of God. There is no question in my mind but that the great dominating theme of all preaching needs to be Jesus Christ. My ministry hero, the Apostle Paul, said, "I'm determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." He said, "We preach Christ crucified." And that was not only his pattern but the pattern of the Apostles. They preached Christ, they preached the suffering of Christ and the glories to follow, as Peter put it. And that should be the theme of every preacher. Six or seven years after Paul said to the Corinthians that he was determined to know nothing except Christ and Him crucified, six or seven years later, he writes the letter to the Philippians and in that letter he says he actually rejoices when Christ is preached, even if it's preached by people who resent him, who are trying to harm him, who are trying to wound him, who are trying to discredit him, trying to condemn him at the same time, he said, "Christ is being preached and in that I rejoice and will rejoice." There is no greater theme in preaching or teaching. There is no greater person. There is no one who ascends to the level of Jesus Christ. There is no subject that can match Him. And He is the theme of all Scripture, both Old and New Testament....

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    • Connecting the Covenantal Dots, Part 1 (Luke 1:67-75) John MacArthur

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      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-433 I want you to open the Scripture, this morning, to the first chapter of the gospel of Luke. Luke chapter 1, Luke chapter 1, this is a long chapter, it has 80 verses in it. We're just going to go to the very end of it and I want to read you the closing words of this chapter, words that fit perfectly into the little series we're doing to lay the groundwork for our study of Christ in the Old Testament. We've called this little series, "Finding the Lord Jesus Christ in the Old Testament." This would be message number four in that brief series, which is really the foundation of the groundwork for going to the Old Testament and finding Christ in all the places that He has so majestically presented there. But the text that is before us we'll pick up in Luke chapter 1 at the point of the birth of John the Baptist that would be verse 57. "The time had come for Elizabeth to give birth and she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had displayed His great mercy toward her and they were rejoicing with her. And it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child and they were going to call him Zacharias after his father. "But his mother answered and said, 'No, indeed, but he must be called John.' And they said to her, 'There is no one among your relatives who is called by that name.' And they made signs to his father as to what he wanted him called. And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, 'His name is John.' And they were all astonished. And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed and he began to speak in praise of God. Fear came on all those living around them and all these matters were being talked about in all the hill country of Judea. All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, "What then will this child turn out to be? For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him. "And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied saying, "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of David, His servant. "As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old. Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us, to show mercy toward our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to Abraham, our father, to grant us that we being rescued from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. "And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways, to give to His people the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins because of the tender mercy of our God with which the Sunrise from on high will visit us to shine upon those who sit in darkness in the shadow of death to guide our feet into the way of peace. And the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel."...

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      • Nothing Can Separate Us (Romans 8:35-39) John MacArthur

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        http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-429 Now we come to message number 13. I never intended that, but message number 13 in Romans 8 series on the Holy Spirit. And we certainly welcome you who are guests to our church to the end of our series. Regrettably, some of you haven't been with us in the previous messages, so you're a little behind the curve. But that's okay. Turn to Romans 8, and while you're doing that I do want to make a comment about the worship book. There's a note about it in the Grace Today. There have been some rather careful edits in that book that has come out in past years and some added material to it, to enrich it and update it. And perhaps the most notable thing is the final chapter in the book is on music, what is appropriate music for worship? And there are things in that chapter that are unique to the book and I just wanted to let you know that that and another brand-new chapter sort of set it apart from the past editions of it. And speaking of worship, the series that we're doing has one goal in mind and that is to help us worship the Holy Spirit as we should. When I gave the first message and I called for worship of the Holy Spirit, after the service was over I didn't get very far until I was stopped in my tracks by someone who was outraged---outraged that I would even suggest that we ought to worship, offer praise, prayer to the Holy Spirit which points out the problem. We need to worship the Holy Spirit in the same way that we worship the Son of God and God the Father Himself....

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        • The Word Became Flesh (John 1:1-14) John MacArthur

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          http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-422 Let's go back to John chapter 1 and talk a little bit about the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, back to John chapter 1. I think this year we've received fewer Christmas cards than any other year. Are you having that experience? And I just don't...people aren't sending as many Christmas cards, but the ones that they do send are two kinds, pictures of their kids, pictures of family, which are great and wonderful, and pictures of shepherds and wise men and mangers and stars and angels and all of that, right? I mean, that's pretty much...we could separate them, the people go over here, the manger scenes go over here and that seems to be the current theme. And you might even wonder if the Christmas story could even be told without those very familiar elements. Would...what would the Christmas story be with no stable, no manger, no Joseph, no Mary, no Bethlehem, no shepherds, no angels, no star, no wise men and no baby? What would the Christmas story be? It would be John's account of the Christmas story. I read it, fourteen verses, no Joseph, no Mary, no Bethlehem, no manger, no stable, no shepherds, no wise men, no star, no angels and no baby. But this is not any less the story. And if you think you can't tell the story without those features, you're wrong because that's exactly what John does here. One line from the text that I read you stands out and I want us to look at that line, it's in the last verse, verse 14, and here is the story in four words...four words in English, four words in Greek, "The Word Became Flesh." The Word became flesh. That is the most profound truth of all truth. That's why we celebrate Christmas. Not because of the physical features of a stable and a manger and a star and a young couple and shepherds and wise men, they all participate, of course, in the physical historical features of the birth of Christ. But the real story is the Word became Flesh. And John is an absolute master at an economy of words, saying things that are vast and incomprehensible in very simple terms, so simple that a child can understand them and the wisest of the wise cannot plumb the full depth of them. The Word became Flesh....

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          • Heirs of God (Romans 8:17-18) John MacArthur

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            http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-421 For this morning, we want to open our Bibles again to the eighth chapter of Romans as we continue to take a look at the ministry of the Holy Spirit. I've been so blessed and so encouraged to be looking at the Holy Spirit and His ministry in the life of the believer. I am so grateful for the response that I am getting from you. Many personal responses from people who have come out of churches in the past where the Holy Spirit is insulted, where the Holy Spirit is blasphemed, where the Holy Spirit's ministry and person is misrepresented. And just wonderful to hear the refreshing, comforting and encouraging comments of folks who are starting to understand the truth about His ministry and be able to worship Him as He is to be worshiped, as He should be worshiped. And so I've been delighting just in the privilege that I've had to pull books off my shelf that I have had through the years on the person of the Holy Spirit, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, and just go through those books. I've gone through a number of books just for my own reading, just to kind of enrich my own mind and my own heart. And kind of reset in my own mind a sound, biblical understanding in the theology of the Holy Spirit. Been very refreshing for me and it's helped me to give honor and worship to the Holy Spirit which I find myself doing kind of on a regular basis even through the day, just thanking the Holy Spirit for all that He's doing in my life. On the other side of that is to find out how the Holy Spirit has been misrepresented in the contemporary Christian church today is equally discouraging as the truth is encouraging. I did a little kind of a search the other day on the current things that are attributed to the Holy Spirit in the Charismatic Movement and maybe even extending a little bit beyond that. And I pulled together a list of things that were ministries of the Holy Spirit that basically are attributed to the Holy Spirit and His work in the life of believers....

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            • The Spirit of Adoption (Romans 8:14-16) John MacArthur

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              http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-420 Let's open the Word of God to the eighth chapter of the book of Romans, that beloved, wonderful treatise of the Apostle Paul on the gospel and all the aspects of it. And we're looking at Romans 8 because that's the chapter on the Holy Spirit and this would be Part 6, or message number six, in the study of the life of the Holy Spirit, life and ministry of the Holy Spirit in the believer...in the believer. What the Holy Spirit does in us. And I began this series because of all the misrepresentations of the Holy Spirit that abound in the contemporary Christian world. It is so terribly misrepresented, so insulted, so grieved, so quenched, to borrow biblical language, and so blasphemed. If you watch the current Charismatic lineup of Holy Spirit anointed people, you would have absolutely no idea what the Holy Spirit does. It seems as if they are the victims of an unholy Spirit rather than a Holy Spirit, THE Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit doesn't make people worldly, carnal, boastful, slick, unaccountable, outrageous, etc., etc. The Holy Spirit has one objective and that is to make people holy...holy. So if somebody says that he is, or she is anointed by the Holy Spirit, what should be manifest in that person is evident holiness. That's the work of the Holy Spirit. That's why He's called the Holy Spirit....

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              • The Spirit-Empowered Life of Christ (Romans 8:12-13) John MacArthur

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                http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-419 As you know, we are in a study of the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the member of the Trinity that often gets overlooked by some and by others, things are attributed to Him which He would have nothing to do with. We started out kind of talking about contemporary blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, grieving of the Holy Spirit, quenching of the Holy Spirit, and even showing disdain toward the Holy Spirit just to kind of give you the picture of what's out there so that we know how important it is for us to have a true and correct understanding of the Holy Spirit. I want to continue our study and we are going to continue in Romans chapter 8, that's kind of our anchor passage for this. But I'm doing more than just expositing Romans 8, we've done that through the years. I'm trying to draw out of this those things that are important for us to understand about the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Why is that important? Why is that critical? Because you are as a believer the temple of the Holy Spirit. You have been baptized by the Holy Spirit, placed into the body of Christ and the Holy Spirit has subsequently taken up residence in you, lives in you. You are commanded to be filled with the Spirit, to walk in the Spirit, to manifest faithfully the gifts of the Spirit, to give honor to the Holy Spirit. It would be true to say that the very power of your spiritual life is the Holy Spirit....

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                • The Resurrection Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-11) John MacArthur

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                  http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-407 First Corinthians chapter 15 is our chapter and I'm very, very thankful for the direction of the Spirit of God to look at this chapter. It is the great resurrection chapter. As you can see by simple glance, it's long, it runs for 58 verses and by the time we're done, we'll have a great understanding of the wonder of resurrection. Now this chapter is not particularly about the resurrection of Christ, although that is foundational to the resurrection. It's about your resurrection and my resurrection. So this is your future we're talking about here. This is your story. This will happen to you. This is very personal. This looks ahead to what the Lord has prepared for them that love Him....

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                  • The Most Startling Claim Ever Made, Part 1 (John 5:17-20) John MacArthur

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                    http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/43-26

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                    • John MacArthur on What It Means to Do Greater Works Than Jesus (strange fire) #22

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                      John MacArthur on What It Means to Do Greater Works Than Jesus http://www.gty.org/Blog/B130813 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father" (John 14:12). Many charismatic teachers look to the above verse to validate their teaching. They see it as a proof text for the notion that present-day believers can perform miraculous signs and wonders—even more spectacular than Jesus Himself. Reinhard Bonnke, who claims to have raised the dead, is one prominent charismatic who subscribes to that view, and has even written a book offering his interpretation of what Jesus meant by "greater works." But Bonnke's view not only contradicts church history, it also defies Jesus' teaching in Scripture. In the following audio clip, John MacArthur explains the true, and far more profound, meaning of John 14:12. One of the great tragedies of the charismatic movement's fixation on miracles is that it drags the focus away from biblical priorities. Rather than bring the life-transforming power of Scripture to bear on a lost and dying world, too many charismatics long for God's power to manifest itself in and through their own experiences. The Strange Fire conference will be a much-needed biblical response to the wildly unbiblical ideas formed from subjective experience. For more information about Strange Fire, please visit the conference website. http://www.tmstrangefire.org

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