John MacArthur Stats
· Born:
1939
· Church
Senior Pastor of
Grace Community Church
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Author of books, articles, and
poetry from a
Calvinist perspective


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Education:
B.A., Los Angeles Pacific College

M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary

Litt.D., Grace Graduate School

D.D., Talbot Theological Seminary

· Denomination:
IFCA?
· Theology:
5-point Calvinist,
Credo-baptist,
eschatological
ecclesiological dispensationalist, premillenial
   
 

"The primary role of the man of God is to keep the Word pure and pass it to the next generation in its purity. That's the task. All the rest of the stuff is peripheral, to be sure."

--John MacArthur Jr.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
 
 

 

"...the only effective way of seeing the significance of a passage is in its context. Going through an entire book sets the passage in its context on its widest, deepest, and richest level. . . . Neither the Old Testament nor the New Testament was written as a collection of verses to be thrown into the air and allowed to fall back wherever they might. Rather, each book has a reasonable, logical, inspired flow of thought going from point A to Z, with all stops in between. Each was designed by the Holy Spirit so that you have the Holy Spirit communicating something powerfully and clearly in the whole letter: you dare not miss a single part! If I received five letters in the mail one day, it would make no sense to read a sentence or two out of one, skip two, read a few sentences out of another, and go to the next one and read a few out of that, and on and on. If I really want to comprehend the letter - what is going on, the tone, the spirit, the attitude, and the purpose - I must start from the beginning and go to the end of each one. If that is true of personal correspondence, then how much more is it so of divine revelation." John MacArthur Rediscovering Expository Preaching, p. 341.




Biographical Sketch

John MacArthur is pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley , California , author, conference speaker, president of The Master's College and Seminary, and featured teacher with Grace to You.

From 1964 to 1966 Dr. MacArthur served as an associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Burbank , California and from 1966 to 1969 as a faculty representative for Talbot Theological Seminary, where he graduated with honors.

In 1969, John came to Grace Community Church . The emphasis of his pulpit ministry is the careful study and verse-by-verse exposition of the Bible, with special attention devoted to the historical and grammatical background behind each passage.Under John's leadership, Grace Community Church's two morning worship services fill the 3,000-seat auditorium to capacity.  Several thousand members also participate each week in dozens of fellowship groups and training programs, led by members of the pastoral staff and lay leaders. These groups are dedicated to equipping members for ministry on local, national, and international levels.

In 1985, John became president of The Master's College (formerly Los Angeles Baptist College ), an accredited, four-year, liberal arts Christian college in Santa Clarita , California . In 1986, John founded The Master's Seminary, a graduate school dedicated to training men for full-time pastoral roles and missionary work. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, John regularly teaches Expository Preaching at the seminary and frequently speaks in chapel.

John is also president and featured teacher with Grace to You. Founded in 1969, Grace to You is the nonprofit organization responsible for developing, producing, and distributing John's books, audiocassettes, and the Grace to You, Portraits of Grace, and Grace to You Weekend radio programs. Grace to You airs more than 1,500 times daily throughout the English speaking world reaching all major population centers in the United States, as well as Australia, Canada, Europe, India, New Zealand, the Philippines, and South Africa,  It also airs more than 450 times daily in Spanish reaching 23 countries, including Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, and Colombia. In its three-decade history, Grace to You has also distributed more than 12 million audiocassette tapes and more than one hundred study guide titles.

Since completing his first best-selling book The Gospel According to Jesus, in 1988, John has written over 100 books and, through Grace to You and retail bookstores, distributed millions of copies worldwide.Many of John's books are available on CD-ROM and over 80 titles have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and several other major languages.

John and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children: Matt, Marcy, Mark, and Melinda.They also enjoy the enthusiastic company of their eleven grandchildren--Johnny, Ty, Jessy, KD, Olivia, Susannah, Gracie, Kylee, Andrew, Brooke and Elizabeth.

"MacArthur calls himself a "leaky dispensationalist"--meaning he rejects any and all "dispensational" soteriological innovations, holding to classic Reformed (i.e., Protestant, not "covenantal") soteriology.  MacArthur's "dispensationalism" is eschatological and ecclesiological only.  And given the fact that soteriology is central to our whole understanding of Christianity, whereas eschatology and ecclesiology deal primarily with secondary doctrines, it would be my assessment that MacArthur has far less in common with Ryrie than he would have with anyone who believes 1) that God's grace is efficacious for regeneration and sanctification as well as for justification, and 2) that God graciously guarantees the perseverance of all true believers." - Phil Johnson

Books and Monographs

The Church: The Body of Christ . Grand Rapids , MI : Zondervan, 1973

Found: God's Will. Wheaton , IL : Victor Books, 1973

Liberated for Life (Galatians). Wheaton , IL : Regal Books, 1975

Can a Man Live Again? Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1975

Keys to Spiritual Growth. Old Tappan , NJ : Revell, 1976.

Focus on Fact: Why You Can Trust the Bible, Old Tappan , NJ : Revell, 1977

God's Plan for Giving. Portland , OR : Western Baptist Press, 1977

The Charismatics: A Doctrinal Perspective, Grand Rapids , MI : Zondervan, 1978

Giving: God's Way. Wheaton , IL : Tyndale Publishers, 1978

Beware the Pretenders (Jude). Wheaton , IL : Victor Books, 1980

Kingdom Living: Here and Now. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1980

Why Believe the Bible. Ventura , CA : Regal, 1980

Take God's Word For It. Ventura , CA : Regal, 1980

Jesus' Pattern of Prayer. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1981

Body Dynamics. Wheaton , IL : Victor Books, 1982

The Family. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1982

Your Family. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1982

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Hebrews. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1983

The Ultimate Priority. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1983

Why I Trust the Bible. Wheaton , IL : Victor Books, 1983

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: 1 Corinthians. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1984

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Matthew 1-7. Chiacgo , IL : Moody Press, 1985

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Ephesians. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1986

The Legacy of Jesus. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1986

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Galatians. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1987

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Matthew 8-15. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1987

The Gospel According to Jesus. Grand Rapids , MI : Zondervan, 1988

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Matthew 16-23. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1988

The Lordship Controversy. Valencia , CA : Word of Grace Communications, 1988

You Can Trust the Bible. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1988

When the Healing Doesn't Come. Valencia , CA : Word of Grace Communications, 1988

God With Us: The Miracle of Christmas. Grand Rapids , MI : Zondervan, 1989

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Matthew 24-28. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1989

Shepherdology. Valencia , CA : The Master's Fellowship, 1989

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Romans 1-8. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1991

Keys to Spiritual Growth. Old Tappan , NJ : Revell (revision of 1976 edition), 1991.

The Master's Plan for the Church. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1991

Our Sufficiency in Christ. Waco , TX : Word, 1991

Charismatic Chaos. Grand Rapids , MI : Zondervan, 1992

Rediscovering Expository Preaching. Dallas , TX : Word (co-authored with The Master's Seminary faculty), 1992

How to Meet the Enemy. Wheaton , IL : ChariotVictor Publishing, 1992

Saved Without a Doubt. Wheaton , IL : ChariotVictor Publishing, 1992

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Colossians/Philemon. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1992

Faith Works: The Gospel According to the Apostles. Dallas , TX : Word, 1993

God: Coming Face to Face with His Majesty. Wheaton , IL : Victor Books, 1993

Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes Like the World. Westchester , IL : Crossway Books, 1993

Anxiety Attacked: Apply Scripture to the Cares of the Soul. Wheaton , IL : ChariotVictor Publishing, 1993

Drawing Near. Westchester , IL : Crossway Books, 1993

The Miracle of Christmas. Grand Rapids , MI : Zondervan, 1993

The Gospel According to Jesus (revised and expanded). Grand Rapids , MI : Zondervan, 1994

The Vanishing Conscience. Dallas , TX : Word, 1994

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Romans 9-16. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1994

Introduction to Biblical Counseling. Dallas , TX : Word, 1994 (co-authored with Dr. Wayne Mack and selected faculty of The Master's College)

Different By Design. Wheaton , IL : ChariotVictor Publishing, 1994

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Acts 1-12. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1994

Reckless Faith: When the Church Loses its Will to Discern. Dallas , TX : Word, 1994

First Love: The Joy and Simplicity of Life in Christ. Wheaton , IL : Victor Books, 1995

The Power of Suffering: Strengthening Your Faith in the Refiner's Fire. Wheaton , IL : Victor Books, 1995

Rediscovering Pastoral Ministry. Dallas , TX : Word, 1995 (co-authored with The Master's Seminary faculty)

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: 1 Timothy. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1995

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: 2 Timothy. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1995

Alone With God: The Power and Passion of Prayer. Wheaton , IL : Victor Books (revision of Jesus' Pattern of Prayer, Moody, 1981), 1995

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Titus. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1996

The Love of God: He Will Do Whatever it Takes to Make Us Holy. Dallas , TX : Word, 1996

The Silent Shepherd: The Care, the Comfort and the Correction of the Holy Spirit. Wheaton , IL : ChariotVictor Publishing, 1996

The Glory of Heaven: The Truth About Heaven, Angels and Eternal Life. Westchester , IL : Crossway Books, 1996

The Body Dynamic: Finding Where You Fit in Today's Church. Wheaton , IL : ChariotVictor Publishing (revision of Body Dynamics, 1982), 1996

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Acts 13-28. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1996

The Power of Integrity: Building a Life Without Compromise. Westchester , IL : Crossway Books, 1997

How to Get the Most from God's Word: An Everyday Guide to Enrich Your Study of the Bible. Dallas , TX : Word, 1997

The MacArthur Study Bible. Dallas , TX : Word, 1997

Strength for Today. Westchester , IL : Crossway Books, 1997

The Only Way to Happiness. Chicago , IL : Moody Press (reprint of Kingdom Living, 1980), 1998

The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness. Westchester , IL : Crossway Books, 1998

The Pillars of Christian Character: The Essential Attitudes of a Living Faith. Westchester , IL : Crossway Books, 1998

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: James. Moody Press

Our Sufficiency in Christ. Westchester , IL : Crossway Books (reprint from Word, 1991), 1998

In the Footsteps of Faith: Lessons to Learn From Great Men and Women of the Bible Westchester , IL : Crossway Books, 1998

Successful Christian Parenting. Dallas , TX : Word, 1998

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Revelation 1-11. Chicago , IL : Moody Press, 1999

The Second Coming. Westchester , IL : Crossway Book, 1999

I Believe in Jesus; Leading Your Child to Christ. Nashville , TN : Nelson, 1999

Nothing but the Truth. Westchester , IL : Crossway Books, 1999

The MacArthur Topical Bible. Dallas , TX : Word, 1999

The Murder of Jesus. Dallas , TX : Word, 2000

Fool’s Gold , Crossway

Truth For Today , Nelson

Twelve Ordinary Men , Nelson

The Book on Leadership , Nelson Books

Ashamed of the Gospel , Crossway

The MacArthur Bible Commentary , Nelson

The MacArthur Topical Bible , Nelson

The MacArthur Study Bible , Nelson

Contributions to Multi-Author Works
"A Response to Homiletics and Hermeneutics." Hermeneutics, Inerrancy, and the Bible, Edited by Earl Radmacher & Robert Preus. Zondervan, 1984

"What Some Christian Leaders Say About Restoration." If Ministers Fall, Can They Be Restored?, by Tim LaHaye Zondervan, 1990

"The Key is Love." What My Parents Did Right; by Gloria Gaither Star Song, 1991

"The Man of God." The Believer's Study Bible; Nelson, 1991

"But Does It Work? Truth vs. Technique." Church Growth, by Michael Horton Moody, 1992

"Long before Luther (Jesus and the Doctrine of Justification)." Justification by Faith Alone, Don Kistler, ed. Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1994

"Our Sufficiency for Outreach." Growing Your Church through Evangelism and Outreach. Moorings, 1996

"How Shall We Then Worship?" The Sufficiency of Scripture, by John Armstrong. Moody Press, 1996

"The Sufficiency of the Written Word." Sola Scriptura!, Don Kistler, ed. Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1995

"Obedience: Love or Legalism?" Trust and Obey, Don Kistler, ed. Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1996

"Next Time it Will be Different!" Christmas Stories for the Heart compiled by Alice Gray Multnomah Publishers, 1997


Sermons & Essays

Huge Collection of John MacArthur's Sermon's & Articles
The John MacArthur Bible Study Guides Collection
John MacArthur's Questions and Answers

John MacArthur Answers Key Questions About Election (MP3)
Phil Johnson interviewing Johnny Mac on election. Must Hear!

Some Sermons and Article of Particular Interest
The Deadly Dangers of Moralism
Perseverance of the Saints (.pdf)
Chosen by God Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 - (1 Peter 1:1-2)
"The Sovereignty of God in Salvation"
He Saved Us
Mortification Of Sin (.pdf)
The Christian's Responsibility In a Pagan Society--Part 1 , Part 2
The Sufficiency of the Written Word
Who Chose Whom?

Author Related Links

Grace to You – the teaching ministry of John MacArthur
Grace Community Church
The Master’s College
The Master’s Seminary

Sources – Master’s Seminary Website and Wikipedia