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The Master’s Seminary Lectures on Expository Preaching

Here is a link to a series of lectures done by Dr. John MacArthur and Dr. Steve Lawson on expository preaching taught at The Master’s Seminary (TMS).  I pray that Bible teachers will listen to these lectures and hear the call to expository preaching.  We need expositors.  We need men of God who will teach the Bible verse by verse to explain the meaning of Scripture and not to give their own viewpoints.  Scripture should explain Scripture.  If we truly believe the Bible to be the inerrant and infallible Word of God we should preach the Bible verse by verse.  This is best to build up the saints of God in the knowledge of His Word and avoids the temptation to give them what they think they want rather than what they need which is God’s Word (2 Timothy 4:1-5).

You can find the lectures here.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

06/05/2013 at 5:48 PM

Distinctives of Martin Luther’s Preaching

The following are points made by Dr. Steve Lawson at a recent conference that I attended on preaching and preachers.  These are points that Dr. Lawson said that made Luther a great preacher.  I believe that modern disciples of Jesus could learn from the examples of Luther, Calvin, and Arminius in preaching.  We could also learn from the passionate examples of men who loved souls such as John Wesley or Charles Spurgeon.

So what distinctions can we learn from Luther?

1.  He was a biblical preacher (sola Scriptura).  Luther was first and foremost a Bible preacher.  He always used the Bible and preached directly from the Bible.  He allowed the Bible to dominate his preaching.

2.  He was a well-studied preacher.  He would devote hours to studying the Word of God.  He would meditate on the Scriptures to grasp their central truths (Psalm 1:1-3).

3.  He was a veracious student and reader of God’s Word.  Luther studied the Bible in the original languages including both Hebrew and Greek.  He also could read Latin.  Luther held to a literal interpretation of Scripture as far as the text would allow.  He strongly believed in divine illumination (John 6:45).

4.  He was an expository preacher.  Luther would preach books of the Bible.  His famous commentaries on Romans or Galatians come to mind.  These came out of his preaching.  He would preach verse by verse through the Word of God because he preached sola Scriptura.

5.  He was a Christ-centered preacher.  Christ was his passion and his delight.  He wanted to exalt Christ.  He believed that Christ was to be found all through the Scriptures and was the central theme of the Bible.  Therefore the preacher should exalt Christ above all else.

6.  He was a plain-spoken preacher.  He would take the deep truths of the Word of God and make them clear to his hearers.  Luther believed the Word of God could be clearly understood by the people of God through preaching and reading.

7.  He was tireless preacher.  He would preach nearly everyday.  He would teach theology classes, teach the catechisms, lecture on books of the Bible. and still pray for hours.  He once commented that he had so much to do that he must rise early in the morning before the sun rises to pray for up to two hours a day.

8.  He was a passionate preacher.  The reason the Reformation spread like fire was because Luther was on fire for God.  He loved Jesus and His Word and wanted all to hear the gospel of God’s grace given to us in His Son (Romans 1:16-17).

9.  He was a fearless preacher.  He didn’t fear the Pope.  He didn’t fear the Catholic cardinals or bishops or priests.  He only feared God (Luke 12:4-5).  The Spirit of God gave him boldness in the face of fierce opposition (Acts 4:29-31).

10.  He was a polemic preacher.  He didn’t mind preaching on controversial issues.  He would not avoid, as in our day, issues such as homosexuality or other sins.  He would preach with passion against heresy and against the popular Roman Catholic Church.  Luther would preach against the pope or against good works as leading to salvation.  He would preach against any and everything that came before him as he studied the Word of God.  So should we.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

05/07/2012 at 1:39 PM

Brief Note on Meeting John MacArthur and Steve Lawson

The past couple of days I had the honor to meet and listen to Dr. John MacArthur and Dr. Steve Lawson lecture on expository preaching.  This was a delight for me.  I perhaps was the only Arminian who attended the gathering of about 75 men but I did enjoy their talks.  The honor for me was being able to shake hands with Dr. MacArthur and tell him how much I have appreciated his work over the years.  When I first was saved in 1992, a friend of mine quickly gave me a book by John MacArthur and I have been reading him ever since.  I even once wrote him a letter telling him that my MacArthur Study Bible had been ripped and he sent me a brand new Bible despite my asking only for any used copies they might have had.  He included his personal card in the Bible with a note about being faithful to Jesus.

This conference once again show to me that we Arminians and Calvinists are not that far apart.  We tend to think that we are but in reality, everything they said at this conference about expository preaching, the need for sound doctrine, the need for us to move away from foolishness and back to the Bible are all things that I champion and would stand with my Calvinist brothers and sisters should to shoulder to fight for them.  I believe that the downfall of 20th century Arminianism was directly related to the loss of biblical preaching and teaching.  When the Scriptures are replaced for feelings, emotions, popularity, or simply trying to avoid doctrine, the Church suffers in the process.  The people of God lose the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16-17) when the Church fails to proclaim the Word of God verse by verse.  We need expository teaching for many reasons that I will cover later as I took good notes at the conference and will post some of them here.

One final point.  I appreciated that in a Q&A time, Dr. MacArthur stated that its important that we find commonality with others.  He mentioned Arminians and this was the only time Arminians came up during the conference.  I have much in common with my Calvinist brothers and sisters and can enjoy hearing them preach, evangelize, or pray.  We serve the same God despite the claims of a few Calvinists and Arminians opinions.  We need to find unity despite our disagreements (Ephesians 2:19).  Jesus said that the hallmark of His disciples is love (John 13:34-35) and we Arminians and Calvinists can love one another and yet still debate within the context of our love.  Unity on the fundamentals and love on the non-fundamentals.  Respect always (1 Peter 3:15-16) to all people.  The Seeking Disciple with John MacArthur

Written by The Seeking Disciple

04/19/2012 at 6:51 PM

Meeting John MacArthur and Steve Lawson

This week I will attend a short Bible conference here in my city that will feature Dr. John MacArthur and Dr. Steve Lawson.  I have great admiration for these two brothers.  Both are men of God who faithfully preach the gospel of our Savior.  I do disagree with aspects of their Calvinistic theology but this does not mean that I don’t respect these dear brothers for their faithfulness to Jesus nor do I allow our theological differences to rob me of sitting and hearing them preach.  I hope to take pictures with the brothers and post there here.  I will also post a review of the conference later in the week.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

04/15/2012 at 12:21 PM

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