Servant of the Word and Flock
Through more than forty years, John MacArthur has opened and taught the Word of God in one local congregation, Grace Community Church, Los Angeles. Consequences have followed which no one anticipated, and which the preacher attributes to “the sovereign hand of God”. A people united to Christ, and to their pastor, became a channel for blessing across the earth.
It has been a ministry marked by characteristics that re-appear in every spiritual advance – not concern for “relevance”; not special attractions for young or old, male or female; but love for God and dependence on his Word and promises. MacArthur has proved, without ever intending to do so, that true preaching of the Word of God is international, “because if you teach the Bible it transcends every border, every language, every culture. It is as relevant today, and will be tomorrow, as in all the years since God put it down.” That is why his sermons are heard or read in more than two hundred countries around the world today.
The human story of a well-known preacher
John MacArthur: Servant of the Word and Flock is also a human story, including the shaping of his youth, the strength of marriage and family, the refining influence of trials and controversies, and the building of a man whose staff have never known him to be angry. There are friends who, for all their love of his ministry, say his life is his best sermon.
“When I started in ministry, I committed myself to expository preaching, just explaining the Bible, because I knew that there was nothing I could say that was anywhere near as important as what God had to say. The real goal of ministry has always been to keep my own opinions out of it as much as possible. I never want to be guilty of giving people the illusion that they have heard from God when in fact they have only heard from me. When I step into the pulpit, the expectation is that I’m a messenger of God. I speak on His behalf, not my own.” — Dr. John MacArthur
- Youth in California
- The Bible Takes First Place
- Early Ministry at Grace Community Church
- Threatening Reversals
- Scripture and Preaching
- The Rediscovery of Old Truth
- The 1980s
- Across the Pacific
- Patricia MacArthur
- A Correction and an Example from Russia
- Grace to You
- A Basket of Letters
- Objections and Questions
- The Changing Scene in the United States
- A Visit to Grace Community Church
- The Man
“I heartily commend this book. Add it to your summer reading or your list of biographies worth enjoying.” — Thabiti Anyabwile, Pastor, Anacostia River Church, Washington D. C.
“John MacArthur is that increasingly rare phenomenon: the pastor of a large church who does not appear to care particularly about what the wider world thinks of him. He is also a man who has pastored his church for many decades. Frankly, he is also the kind of man you want on your side in a fight: apparently fearless and utterly reliable. As such, he is surely a great role model for younger pastors. MacArthur is simply not one to be swayed by the spirit of the age. This is a great book for pastors and aspiring pastors, and will be read with great profit by any who pick it up.’ — Carl Trueman, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia