In the early years of Grace Church there were many things that were foundational, obviously. They are still foundational. Those things don't change. And as I have said through the years, there are some pastors who pastor different churches in different places.
My Dad was like that. He pastored here and there and hither and yon, pastoring quite a number of churches in different places. I've had the privilege of pastoring different churches in the same place. But there are vastly different churches that have occupied the 35 years that I've been here. The congregation shifts and moves. I'm the fixed point which is a little bit different than the normal pastoral experience moving from place to place. And if I were to move from place to place, through the years I would feel like I needed to go back and lay the foundations that were basic and important and God blessed in other places. And because I've stayed in the same place, I've tended not to do that but being reminded again that the congregation has changed so frequently through these years, particularly in the rapidly changing population of Southern California, that it's good thing to go back and re-grasp some of the great sections of Scripture that laid the foundation for all the work that God has done here. . . .
Great Sermon! My appreciation goes to you that what teach is very understandable and valuable. I enjoyed the introduction of what I believe to be your goal of letting God's own Word arm Christians with the tools we need to reach ourselves, as well as others, with the Truth. With that said and sincerely meant, I do, however, have a problem with including the advertising of a product(i.e., your Study Bible) with a message. It just smacks of the typical "ok .. so that's what this is all about - selling a product" mindset of today's world. Is there a way you could just use a subtle "word" or so about the availability of this tool for those interested, without it being a 5 minute "commercial" at the end? I realize, and appreciate, that I am downloading this series this for "free." My concern is for ones who may be listening who are not saved and how it may affect their conclusions and cloud their interest in your series. God bless you, Mr. McArthur, as you continue to present the Word of God; and I hope I didn't offend you with this comment.
Widely known for his thorough, candid approach to teaching God‚Äôs Word, John MacArthur is a fifth-generation pastor, a popular author and conference speaker, and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969. John and his wife,...