John MacArthur opens Shepherd’s Conference with a look at Mark 16 and why it’s not part of Mark’s original document, but a well intentioned, but unfortunate cobbling of concluding thoughts from the other Gospels, added to soften the abrupt ending that Mark authored. MacArthur provides a fascinating discussion of ancient manuscripts and how textual criticism helps the church guard the Word of God. Rather than being a discouraging look at an foreign text, MacArthur provide much for us to have confidence in.
Earlier this year John MacArthur finished preaching through the Gospel of Mark, which marked his completion of preaching through the New Testament in his almost 50 years of preaching ministry at one church, Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California.
One thing I greatly treasure in preaching is a time-tested, faithful preacher who has not only many decades of immersion in the Scripture, but decades of experience in the ministry dealing with unbelievers, attackers, the young, immature, deceived and mature. One man who has this in abundance is John MacArthur, and his pastoral and theological maturity is apparent in his preaching.
In this light I highly recommend MacArthur’s 85 messages looking at the life of Jesus Christ from the Gospel of Mark.
Peter Grainger is pastor of Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh. As he worked through the book of Mark the crucifixion of Jesus coincided during Easter season.
Colin at Unashamed Workman says this about this 5 part series:
Peter Grainger’s conclusion to Mark’s gospel back in 2004 was unquestionably the most memorable Easter preaching I’ve heard in person. For several weeks running where there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Thanks to Colin for the link to these powerful messages.