Ministers Sleeping Well in God

Ministers regularly run through a particular danger: believing that the success of their ministry depends on themselves.  And who better to expose this danger than Pastor John MacArthur at Together for the Gospel 2010?  His ministry is marked by a focus on how the Bible must drive church practice, how hard the gospel is to believe, and how sovereign God is in salvation.

Around the 18:30 mark, MacArthur observes that, in John 4, when Nicodemus wants to know how to be born again, Jesus doesn’t give him five steps.  He doesn’t tell him to pray a prayer.  He tells him, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you do not know where it comes from or where it is going.  So it is with the Spirit.”  Jesus believes in the sovereignty of God in salvation.

Later, around the 33:00 mark, MacArthur observes that, in the parable of the four soils, the sower is described with no adjectives.  It doesn’t matter who he is, or how he sows, or whether he has the newest tools.  It only matters that he sows the Word.

Near the 37:00 mark, he observes from Luke 9 that, when Jesus tells the disciples not to tell anyone about His status as Messiah, Son of God, He does so in order to preserve the primacy of His death and resurrection.  Once He has been crucified and raised, we observe from Luke 9:18-27, then the disciples are to tell everyone.  “The message isn’t healing, it isn’t free food, it isn’t even that He’s the Messiah,” MacArthur summarizes, “The message is the cross and the resurrection. After that, you go into all the world and tell everyone.  That’s the Great Commission.”

I love MacArthurs clarity, humility, and cross-centeredness.  To God be the glory.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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