1. The Beginning of Miracles (John 2:1-11) John MacArthur

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    http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/43-8/ I do want to mention to you that tonight we’re going to continue a brief series on the idea of the Messiah. We all know that Jesus is the Messiah, but do we know what that means? Last week we looked at the office of Messiah, tonight we’re going to look at the person and the ministry of Messiah in what I think is one of the most fascinating and sort of overview perspectives that help us to understand the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So be with us at six o’clock tonight as we continue to learn about the Messiah. For now, it’s John chapter 2, John chapter 2. And I have reminded you and will remind you again that John has written his gospel for one purpose, really. These have been written, he says--the words of this gospel--that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. John writes to give evidence for the fact that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah and is the Son of God, that you may believe that, and that believing you may have life, eternal life, in His name. So we’ve been saying he has an apologetic purpose to give evidence that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and he has an evangelistic purpose that you might believe that, and then believing have eternal life in His name. John’s gospel is a collection of evidences, of evidences concerning the Lord Jesus Christ, to prove His deity and His humanity. The whole purpose of this gospel is just to line up supporting proofs for the deity of Jesus Christ....

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    • Should Christians Be Hospitable to Cult Members? (2 John 10)

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      http://www.macarthurcommentaries.com In verse 10 John sets out one practical application of how to defend the truth: If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house. Hospitality for traveling teachers was common in the culture (cf. Luke 9:1-6; 10:1-12). The prohibition here is not to turn away the ignorant; it does not mean that believers may not invite unbelievers—even those who belong to a cult or false religion—into their midst. That would make giving the truth to them difficult, if not impossible. The point is that believers are not to welcome and provide care for traveling false teachers, who seek to stay in their homes, thereby giving the appearance of affirming what they teach and lending them credibility John's use of the conjunction ei (if) with an indicative verb indicates a condition that is likely true. Apparently, the lady to whom he wrote had for whatever reason, in the name of Christian fellowship, already welcomed false teachers into her home. It was just such compassionate, well-meaning people that the false teachers sought out (cf. 2 Tim. 3:6); since churches were supposed to be protected by elders who were skilled teachers of the Word (1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:9), they should have been less susceptible to the lies propagated by the deceivers. Having established themselves in homes, the false teachers hoped eventually to worm their way into the churches. It is much the same today, as false teaching insidiously invades Christian homes through television, radio, the Internet, and literature...

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      • The Sovereign Servant, Part 2 (Isaiah 53:10-12) John MacArthur

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        http://www.gty.org/resources/Sermons/90-444 Open your Bible to the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah for one final time. This is message number ten in this series and I will tell you that it is with great reluctance that I say farewell to this. It has found its way, has this chapter, into the fabric of my soul, into my spiritual DNA. But then again, every passage seems to do that to me. This one, however, rises above the rest in so many ways. I've tried to share those with you in the last nine hours that we have gone through this chapter. When we began this study a couple of months ago, I introduced to you the fact that the truth in this chapter would answer the most important, essential, vital, critical question that can ever be asked--that this chapter would provide the answer to the most weighty, serious, meaningful query of all; that the question this chapter answers is more important than any other question; it is more important than all other questions combined. It is infinitely more important than all other questions combined. And the question that is answered in this chapter has nothing to do with health; it has nothing to do with wealth; it has nothing to do with success; it has nothing to do with educations; it had nothing to do with sociology; it has nothing to do with religion, per-se; it has nothing to do with politics, morality, or philosophy. It transcends all those questions and, in fact, the question that this answers is the question for which the Bible was written. The Bible was written to answer this question that is preeminently answered in this very chapter. What is the question? The question is this: How can a sinner be forgiven fully and reconciled to a holy God and thus escape eternal hell and enter eternal heaven. That is the question of all questions....

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        • The Work of His Hands (Selected Scriptures) Jeff Williams - Truth Matters 2011

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          http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/TM11-5 2011 Truth Matters Conference (Session 05) For all 2011 Truth Matters Conference Sermons, go to: https://www.gty.org/resources/sermon-series/317 Colonel (retired) Jeffrey N. Williams, an astronaut since 1996, has flown three space flights, including one mission aboard the space shuttle Atlantis and two expeditions to the International Space Station. He and his wife have two married sons and two grandchildren and reside in Texas, where Jeff serves as a lay leader and Bible teacher in his home church. He and his wife have listened to "Grace to You" for more than twenty years and have been Grace Partners for more than a decade....

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          • John MacArthur - Would you invite a charismatic to the Strange Fire conference? (strange fire) #4

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            John MacArthur: Would you invite a charismatic to the Strange Fire conference? http://www.gty.org/Blog/B130424 Registration for the Strange Fire conference is filling up fast, and we wanted to remind you that the early-bird pricing window closes at the end of the month. There are only a few hundred seats remaining and we don't want you or your friends and family to miss this great opportunity. Recently we asked John MacArthur about who should attend the Strange Fire. Specifically, we asked him if we ought to invite our charismatic friends to the conference. You can view this or any of our other Strange Fire media at the conference website. We look forward to seeing you in October and sharing in rich fellowship around the teaching of God's Word. http://www.tmstrangefire.org

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            • Confronting the Murderers of Christ, Part 1 (Acts 3:12–18) John MacArthur

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              http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/44-15 Tonight, we come to the third chapter of the Book of Acts, and I rarely make personal references when teaching the Bible because there’s nothing in the Bible about me. So, I can’t justify talking about myself when I’m never the subject. But, just to introduce our study for tonight, a little biographical note. It was some months ago that I received a letter from a faculty member of a large Christian institution in America who said that my anti-Semitism is well-known, accusing me of being anti-Jewish. And then, in this particular letter, which I did not read, but which was described to me, he went on to try to expose what he saw in me and apparently others see in me as anti-Semitism....

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              • Zeal for My Father's House (John 2:12-17) John MacArthur

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                http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/43-9 In John chapter 2, verses 12 to 17, we read this: “After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother and His brothers and His disciples, and they stayed there a few days. The Passover of the Jews was near and Jesus went up to Jerusalem and He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves and the money changers seated at their tables. And He made a scourge of cords and drove them all out of the temple with the sheep and the oxen and He poured out the coins of the moneychangers and overturned their tables. And to those who were selling the doves, He said, ‘Take these things away, stop making My Father’s house a place of business.’ His disciples remembered that it was written, zeal for your house will consume Me.” Now remember, the overarching purpose of John’s entire gospel is stated in chapter 20 and verse 31, and I remind you of it every time because it’s the reason for everything that John writes. You’re going to be able to quote this from memory, “These have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” So he has a...an apologetic purpose, a polemic purpose to prove that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah. And then he has an evangelistic purpose, so that you will believe that and in believing that have eternal life. Everything in this gospel then is driven in the direction of proving the deity of Jesus Christ, proving that He is divine, that He is the Word made flesh, that He is God who was with God by whom everything that exists was created. All the way through by the action of Jesus, by the miracles of Jesus, by the works of Jesus, by the words of Jesus there is evidence of His deity....

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                • The Danger of Spiritual Over-Confidence (Luke 22:54-62) John MacArthur

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                  http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-275 And now we have the marvelous joy of opening the Scripture. And I want you to turn in your Bible to the twenty-second chapter of Luke...Luke chapter 22 and we're going to be looking at verses 54 through 62, which is the section in which we find Peter's famous denial of our Lord Jesus. There's no story of our Lord's dealings with His disciples that is as low and high as this one. There is no story that is as dark and light, as tragic and hopeful, as distressing and encouraging, this is the worst failure and the best recovery. Let's begin looking at this story at verse 54...Luke 22:54: "And having arrested Him, they led Him away and brought Him to the house of the High Priest. But Peter was following at a distance. And after they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter was sitting among them. And a certain servant girl seeing him as he sat in the fire light and looking intently at him said, 'This man was with Him, too.' But he denied it saying, 'Woman, I do not know Him.' And a little later, another saw him and said, 'You're one of them, too.' But Peter said, 'Man, I am not.' And after about an hour had passed, another man began to insist saying, 'Certainly this man also was with Him, for he is a Galilean too.' But Peter said, 'Man, I do not know what you are talking about.' And immediately while he was still speaking, a cock crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the Word of the Lord how He had told him before a cock crows today, you will deny Me three times. And he went out and wept bitterly."...

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                  • What to Look for in a Pastor, Part 2 (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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                    http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/GTY123 Resolved Conference 2009 I want to come to you, maybe on a little more personal level if I can in this session. When you get to be my age, you can kind of do whatever you want I guess, and I just want to talk to you a little bit from my heart. I understand the spiritual battle with sin. I understand that, because I've lived it for a long, long time. I understand how difficult it is to live a holy life. I understand how difficult it is to maintain pure thoughts, holy thoughts, God exalting, Christ honoring thoughts. I understand how difficult it is to guard your tongue; to not say unkind things, hurtful things, sarcastic things, painful things. I understand that you lose that battle. You lose all those battles through the years. I understand how difficult it is to be godly, the most intimate environment of your life, in your marriage, with the wife you love and cherish, with your children, with the people that are closest to you. I understand what it is to disappoint the Lord, and to bear the sadness of your own soul over those disappointments that are frequent, tragically. I understand what it is to live in Romans 7, and to do what I don't want to do and not do what I want to do. I understand what it is to be involved in sins of overt action and sins of covert action. I understand what it is to sin by not doing the thing that you ought to have done, by leaving great and needful and righteous things undone, while you preoccupy yourself with trivial things. I understand the spiritual battle. I've lived it. I've lived long enough to try to help other people fight this fight as well....

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                    • Elements of a Living Sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2) John MacArthur

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                      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/80-414 This morning, we come to the Lord's Table, as you can see, and thought that it would be good for us to think a little more extensively on this occasion because we don't want to come lightly to the Lord's Table. We are warned against that. We're warned to examine ourselves when we approach His table, so we don't partake in an unworthy manner. And because of that, I want to direct you away, this morning, from the Gospel of John and our ongoing study there and have you turn to Romans 12, a very familiar portion of Scripture I know, Romans 12:1 and 2. If you have been in the church very long, you probably are very familiar with this portion of Scripture, and I don't intend to say anything new, anything you haven't heard, but I do think it's a good place for us to think, even in familiar terms, of the importance of the Lord's Table....

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