(From an email I sent)
Last Sunday, pastor John MacArthur completed a 43-year preaching series through every single verse of the New Testament. He ended with what was the best exposition of Mark 16:9-20 I have ever heard in either Greek or English.
You can listen to his sermon here.
I could write lots about MacArthur and the impact that his teaching has had on me. I might not agree with all of his views, but his faithfulness, earnestness, humility and diligence in studying and preaching the Word of God has affected me beyond repair, and for that I am thankful. Suffice to say that God used him to make me understand Hebrews 4:12.
We are not all called to preach through the New Testament for 43 years. So what can we learn from a modern-day accomplishment like this? Is there anything we can take and apply to our own lives?
1. Time and energy invested in Christ is never wasted.
2. Retirement applies only to professions.
3. There is no useless age for Christians. We need wise, spiritual fathers and mothers as urgently as we need young hands and feet.
4. The Bible can speak for itself. Ultimately, we need only to proclaim it.
5. It’s never about quantity. It’s about God-pleasing quality.
Reading highlight of the week: Hugh Hefner will die alone.