1. Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Calling, Part 2 (Mark 6:10-13; 30-32) John MacArthur

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    http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/41-28 Open your Bible, if you will, to the sixth chapter of Mark's gospel. In the wonderful providence of God, we're working our way through Mark and we just happened to arrive at this particular portion of Scripture in Mark chapter 6, verses 7 and following, which our Lord sends out the Twelve on their first short-term mission trip. It fit so well, the intent of the conference, so much is here seminal for the area of understanding how we do ministry that I decided to split it into two parts, do half at the front end and the last half at the back end. For some of you, you will only receive the back half cause you weren't here last Sunday. We did have a contingent of folks from the Philippines who were disappointed that I only gave them half last week, so they changed their flight and they're here this morning. We're glad you stuck around. I hope you find it worth your while. In the sixth chapter of Mark's gospel, we come to a very, very important turning point, transition point, mega shift in the ministry of our Lord's Kingdom gospel preaching. This is that text in which He delegates His message and His power for the first time to the Twelve Apostles and sends them out essentially to preach exactly what He preached and to do exactly what He did. The text can really begin for us at the back half of verse 6. "And He was going around the villages teaching and He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs and gave them authority over the unclean spirits and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff, no bag, no money in their belt, but to wear sandals and He added, 'Do not put on two tunics.' And He said to them, 'Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave town. And any place that does not receive you or listen to you as you go out from there, shake the dust off the souls of your feet for a testimony against them.' They went out and preached that men should repent. And they were casting out many demons and were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them." At this point, there's an account of the death of John the Baptist. After this account, Mark returns to the sending of the twelve in verse 30 and records their return after their short-term mission. Notice verse 30, "The Apostles gathered together with Jesus." They are now constituted as the Apostles, after this first mission they become an official group. "They reported to Him all that they had done and taught and He said to them, 'Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while,' for there were many people coming and going and they didn't even have time to eat. They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves."...

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    • Homosexuality and the Campaign for Immorality (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-449 Earlier in the service I read from the first chapter of Romans what is really a very, very shocking portion of Scripture. Just to remind you that Romans chapter 1, verses 18 to 32, describes the wrath of God that is unleashed in the world. The wrath of God is divided into a number of elements. There is eschatological wrath. That is the wrath that will fall on the earth at the end of human history in a time called the time of Tribulation. There is sowing and reaping wrath. That is the wrath of God that comes consequent on sin--whatever a man sows, he reaps. There is cataclysmic wrath. That is the wrath of God that He sets on man from miraculous use of the natural order, such as the Flood, or any other massive disaster that catapults souls into eternity. So there is that wrath of God which is eschatological and which is consequential and which is cataclysmic. And then there is that wrath of God which is eternal wrath, and that would be the wrath of God unleashed on the ungodly forever in the punishments of eternal hell. But the wrath that is being referred to in Romans 1 isn't any of those. It is the wrath of abandonment. The wrath described here is the wrath that is executed when, according to verses 24, 26 and 28, God gives them over--gives them over, gives them over. In other words, it's when God abandons a nation. It's when God abandons a society and gives them over to the consequences of their behavior, which is escalating iniquity and disaster leading to judgment. This wrath of God is released from heaven, "revealed from heaven," verse 18 says, "against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth." And he goes on to say they all have the truth; the truth is visible from creation....

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      • Pulpit Highlights - John MacArthur

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        John MacArthur General Session 1 Separating from Unbelievers Full Audio Download http://www.shepherdsfellowship.org/media/details/?mediaID=5202 Full Video Download http://www.shepherdsfellowship.org/media/details/?mediaID=5204

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        • A Conquering, Courageous Faith, Part 1 (Hebrews 11:30-31) John MacArthur

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          http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-388 We have been going through the eleventh chapter of Hebrews and we're going to return to that tonight, but by no means are we going to complete the text before us and I had no intention of doing that because it opens up to us so much Old Testament scripture. Hebrews chapter 11, this is known as the faith chapter, stretches into the beginning of chapter 12, as we will see. We have been reminded all the way through this chapter that anyone who has a relationship with God has that relationship based on faith and not of works. We have started all the way back in the book of Genesis to see the examples of faith, or as they're often known, the heroes of faith. And we progressed through the patriarchs, arrived at Moses and that took us through the books, the early books of the Bible known as the Pentateuch. As we come to verse 30 and following, we pick up the account in Joshua and Judges and references are made to people who lived in the time of the writing of 1 and 2 Samuel and then 1 and 2 Kings. And we sweep all the way from there in these final verses through the prophets, you could say all the way up to John the Baptist. So from verse 30 where we are introduced to the walls of Jericho, the entry into the promised land, we go all the way through the prophets in just those few verses. Obviously not covering all of them, but representative names are given that sweep through that period....

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          • A Warning to Every Proud Ruler (Daniel 4) John MacArthur

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            http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-450 Two weeks ago I took the opportunity to talk a little bit about the issues that our world and our country faces today, and I'm going to do that again this morning. And then I'm going to start a book. I'm not comfortable not teaching a book of the Bible, so we'll continue to do some Christ in the Old Testament on Sunday nights, but everybody's been kind of pushing me in the direction of "You need to do the gospel of John." Everybody loves the teaching concerning our Lord Jesus Christ. I did John in 1970, so I need to do it right; I need to get another shot at it. So we'll do that. But starting a couple of weeks ago we took a look at the condition our country is in, our world is in--and I'm not trying to be political, I'm trying to help you understand what you're seeing in your world from a biblical perspective. And that's my responsibility before God. We looked at Romans 1, and I want to take you back to Romans 1 because I want you to understand what is really the driving problem behind the collapse of our world. And it can be identified. I've heard a lot of political speeches in my life. No one should be sentenced to hearing very many, and I have certainly had to endure more than I would like. I've heard them in the recent years because of media, more frequently than ever. And I have never, I have never heard one world leader or one American politician state the real problem in this country and in this world--never, not even close. I assume that they don't know it or that they're afraid to say it. So I'm going to tell you what the problem is today--the problem with this country, the problem with the rest of the world, the problem with every nation, every leader, every ruler, every counsel, every committee, every assembly, every group that comes together. It's one problem: Romans 1, verse 28. "They didn't see fit to acknowledge God any longer." That's it; that's it....

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            • Библия -- Это Слово Божье (Избранные Тексты Писания) Мак-Артур (Russian)

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              http://www.gty.org/video/international/RU-V8290-323 English Title: The Bible is God's Word (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur Наше служение, вне всякого сомнения, целиком и полностью зависит от Слова Божьего, Писания, Библии. Мы доверяем Слову Божьему как абсолютной истине и верим, что каждая фраза, и каждый стих, и каждая глава, и каждая книга даны нам Самим Богом. Есть только один путь познания Бога и Его воли — получение знания из безошибочного источника. Бог избрал в качестве этого источника книгу — Библию. Недавно я вновь побывал на передаче СNN и снова участвовал в дискуссии с людьми, которые были несогласны со мной. Кажется, это моя судьба. Обычно эти люди категорически против. И всякий раз, когда я нахожусь в окружении неверующих, других религиозных лидеров, людей иных нравственных взглядов, мне хочется говорить только о двух вещах, даже если есть конкретная тема разговора, меня это не смущает. Предмет разговора для меня не имеет значения. Я просто ищу возможность рассказать о двух вещах. Первая из них это то, что только Иисус — Спаситель, а вторая, что Библия — это единственная авторитетная книга Божья. Я стремлюсь сказать об этом любым возможным способом, призывая людей к единственному авторитетному Слову Божьему, отличному от всех человеческих мнений, и к единственному Спасителю Иисусу Христу, отличному от всех человеческих религий....

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              • Are All Doctrines Essential for Salvation? (Romans 10)

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                http://www.macarthurcommentaries.com For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; for “Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:11-13) The Old Testament Scripture, as “witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,” had long testified that “the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ [is] for all those who believe; for there is no distinction” (Rom. 3:21–22, emphasis added). In other words, salvation through faith in Him for anyone (whoever believes) has always been God’s plan. As Paul declared earlier, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Rom. 1:16, emphasis added). And as he assured the believers at Corinth, many of whom were Gentiles, “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17, emphasis added). From eternity past, God’s Word invariably has accomplished His divine goal, which has always included His loving and gracious desire that no human being would perish but that “all [would] come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). That wondrous truth is a balance to the great emphasis Paul has been placing on God’s sovereignty (see, e.g., Rom. 9:6–26). Although the two truths seem mutually exclusive to our finite minds, God’s sovereign choice of every person who is saved is, in His infinite mind, perfectly consistent with His promise that whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed. Both the Old and the New Testaments make clear that salvation is granted only to those who trust in God and that He offers His gracious redemption to all mankind, Jew and Gentile. No one who believes in Him will ever be disappointed by the salvation that He so graciously and universally offers. The barrier to salvation, therefore, is not racial or cultural but personal rejection of the God who offers it. People perish because they refuse to “receive the love of the truth so as to be saved” (2 Thess. 2:10). The way of salvation has always been offered to all men everywhere. As the Lord graciously promised through Jeremiah, “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13). God’s absolute and universal assurance to all men is that no person who sincerely seeks for Him will fail to find Him. The incarnate Christ “was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man” (John 1:9, emphasis added), and the incarnate Christ Himself declared that “this gospel of [His] kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations” (Matt. 24:14). Even in the first century Paul could therefore declare, “the word of truth, the gospel… has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing” (Col. 1:5–6). In Romans 10:11–18, Paul affirms that the gospel is not just one more local invention or one more pagan mystery religion but is the good news of salvation that God always has sought to be proclaimed to every nation and to every person, Jew and Gentile alike. http://www.macarthurcommentaries.com

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                • A Word of Warning to Uniformitarian Scoffers

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                  http://www.gty.org/Blog/B100729 ... "Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil" (King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 8:11). That summarizes the attitude of a scoffer. He mistakes the patience of God for leniency, and mocks the prospect of a coming judgment. One of the defining qualities of a scoffer is to forget the past, willingly. Take the Genesis Flood, for instance . . . Read More http://www.gty.org/Blog/B100729

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                  • When Does Elijah Come? (Mark 9:9-13) John MacArthur

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                    http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-44 So let's open the scriptures to Mark chapter 9 and we have a rather interesting portion of Scripture that falls to us today, as we systematically move through this historical account of the life of our Lord, written by John Mark. We find ourselves in chapter 9 at verses 9 through 13...Mark 9:9 through 13. The distinguishing mark of the true church is the proclamation of the cross of Christ and His Resurrection. We understand that. The Apostle Paul said, "We preach Christ and Him crucified." The Bible says that if you want to be saved, you have to believe that Jesus is Lord, confess Him as Lord and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead." It is the cross and the resurrection that we proclaim. Christ crucified, Christ risen. We love that truth, we celebrate that truth, we have sung about that truth in almost every song sung and heard this morning. In fact, if you go through the litany of Christian hymns, the greatest theme in all Christian hymns is the death and resurrection of Christ and His mighty work accomplished in salvation. We love that truth, we celebrate that truth, we rejoice in that truth, we fully embrace that truth....

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                    • Ever Met an Angel? (Hebrews 13)

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                      http://www.macarthurcommentaries.com/ Let love of the brethren continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:1,2) Strangers, like brethren (v.1), can refer to unbelievers as well as believers. Our first responsibility is to our brothers in Christ, but our responsibility does not end there. “While we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith” (Gal. 6:10). Paul is just as explicit in 1 Thessalonians: “See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men” (5:15). “All men” includes even our enemies. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt. 5:43–44). Even the most worldly of people love those who love them, Jesus goes on to say (v. 46). The danger of “being taken” is no excuse for not helping someone in need. A stranger, by definition, is someone we do not know personally. Consequently, it is easy to be deceived when helping a stranger. A person who asks us for ten dollars to buy food for his family may spend it on alcohol or drugs. We should use our common sense in deciding how best to help him, but our primary concern should be for helping, not for avoiding being taken advantage of. If we help in good faith, God will honor our effort. Love is often taken advantage of, but this is a cost that it does not count. In the ancient world hospitality often included putting a guest up overnight or longer. Inns were few, often had poor reputations, and were expensive. Among Jews and people of the Near East in general, hospitality, even to strangers and foreigners, was a great virtue. Christians are certainly to be no less hospitable. Hospitality is a New Testament standard for overseers, or bishops (1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:8). Pastors and other church leaders are to have open homes, ready to serve and meet the needs of others. Showing hospitality to strangers is the work of a spiritual woman (1 Tim. 5:10). In other words, hospitality should be a mark of all Christians, a basic characteristic, not an incidental or optional practice. For by this some have entertained angels without knowing it is not given as the basis or motivation for hospitality. We are not to be hospitable because on some occasion we might find ourselves ministering to angels. We are to minister out of brotherly love, for the sake of those we help and for God’s glory. The point of the second half of verse 2 is that we can never know how important and far-reaching a simple act of helpfulness may be. We minister because of need, not because of any consequences we are able to foresee. Abraham went out of his way to help the three men who were passing by his tent. He did not wait to be asked for help but volunteered. It was an opportunity more than a duty. In fact he considered the greater service was to himself, saying “My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by” (Gen. 18:3). At the time, he had no idea that two of the men were angels and that the third was the Lord Himself (18:1; 19:1). And if he had known they were not, it would have been no less right for him to be hospitable. In a sense, we always minister to the Lord when we are hospitable, especially to fellow believers. “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me” (Matt. 25:40). To feed the hungry, take in the stranger, clothe the naked, and visit the imprisoned in Jesus’ name is to serve Him. To turn our backs on those in need of such things is to turn our backs on Him (v. 45)... http://www.macarthurcommentaries.com/

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