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Friday, November 07, 2008

Vintage Mac

Going into the weekend, let us forget about politics and consider the transcendent.

As I noted on a couple of previous posts, the entire John MacArthur sermon catalog is available for free download in MP3 format.

Go to www.gty.org for details.

But, I thought in order to get things started for folks, I would share my favorite MacArthur sermons for your consideration.

Empty Words, Matthew 7:21-23

This is the first Mac sermon I ever listened to after I was introduced to his preaching and I was blown away with conviction. He has preached the material on a few other occasions, but the original from the Matthew series is the best.

True Marks of Saving Faith.

This was originally from John's series on Romans. I remember it being titled "How Christ Died for God, part 2," which was an exposition of Romans 3:27-28. After going through the exegesis of Romans 3, John digresses onto what true marks of salvation look like. The material was so good that a separate tape was produced that just included the marks of salvation. In order to get the full message, you have to down load Part One, and then Part Two.

Facing the Modern Deceivers, 2 Peter 1:1-2.

This message by John was the first time I personally heard sound, logical criticism of the health-and-wealth gospel and its promoters. Awesome stuff.

Issues of the Heart.

I am not sure where this was recorded. It wasn't Grace Church, because there is a loud man shouting "Amen" numerous times and that just doesn't happen that often, if at all, at Grace. None the less, this is one of John's best messages ever on his concerns about the church.

Lessons to Learn from the Fall of Jimmy Swaggart

Pretty much speaks for its self.

The Los Angeles Riots: A Biblical Perspective

The things John addresses in this message are even still timely for our day, some 16 years or so later.

How to Know the Will of God

There are a few presentations of this message available, but I believe the first one is probably the better of them all. John's classic take on knowing and doing God's will for your life.

Making the Hard Decisions Easy

I originally heard this under the title, "The Ease of Decision Making." Ten specific points to help Christians make basic, common sense decisions from a biblical perspective.

Jesus' Passion for the Lost

A great message on evangelism.

The Deadly Dangers of Moralism

This message is rather timely for the moment. Explains why moralism in America does not lead to genuine godliness.

Can God Bless America?

Along the same lines as the previous message.

Slaves of Christ

One of the most devastating messages against a "no lordship" view of salvation I have ever heard.

The Preacher's Authority, Titus 2:15

The Theology of Creation

Preached this summer at an apologetic conference.

The I.F.C.A. Meeting Q and A.

Back near the end of the 80s, John's preaching and teaching was perceived as being a threat to the I.F.C.A., an organization of independent, fundamental churches in America. He was asked to come to a conference, if I am recalling correct, in Philadelphia, to answer the charges some had brought against his views of Lordship, the Blood of Christ, sanctification, and at the time, the incarnational sonship view of Christ (John has since changed his position on that subject). The public Q&A is one of John's shining moments in my opinion, as he silences critics one by one.

Part 1 and Part 2

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3 Comments:

Blogger Nathan said...

Aw, I thought you were going to talk about vintage computers. I was going to regale you with tales of my first computer.

10:19 AM, November 08, 2008  
Blogger Stephen said...

Fred,

Thanks so much for the descriptions. I was selectively choosing downloads based on titles alone.

Again, thanks for the extra work!

P.S. The series on deacons is very good.

1:44 AM, November 09, 2008  
Blogger Truth Unites... and Divides said...

Ditto on the thanks for writing down your favorites.

10:38 PM, November 12, 2008  

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