|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.
But this 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 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." -- John MacArthur
Iain H. Murray was born of Scots parents in Lancashire in 1931, and educated in the Isle of Man and at the University of Durham. He entered the Christian ministry in 1955. In 1957 he was co-founder of the Banner of Truth Trust (remaining the senior editor until 1996). With this he combined serving as Assistant to Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel, London, and subsequently Grove Chapel, Camberwell, London (1961-69), and St Giles Presbyterian Church, Sydney (1981-84). The main intention of his numerous books has been to help younger Christians understand the great heritage of the English-speaking churches on both sides of the Atlantic and in Australia.
Iain and Jean Murray live in Edinburgh, Scotland, and have five children, and ten grandchildren.
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