Truth Endures by John MacArthur

MacArthur, John.  Truth Endures: Landmark Sermons from 40 Years of Unleashing God’s Truth One Verse at a Time.  Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2011.  240 pp.  $16.99.  Purchase at Amazon for less.

Introduction

John MacArthur is well known as an expositor of the Scriptures at Grace Community Church. He has been heard through his radio program Grace To You for many years. He is president of the Master’s College as well as author of nearly a gazillion books.  You can read some reviews of a few of his works here.

Summary

Truth Endures offers a sampling of twelve sermons from John’s forty years of service at Grace Community Church.  Each sermon is given a brief introduction offering a context to the message.  The dates for the twelve messages are:

9 February 1969
26 December 1976
18 May 1980
5 December 1982
29 May 1983
8 June 1986
20 July 1986
26 March 1989
23 April 1995
16 September 2001
3 November 2002
6 January 2008

In many of these messages, you can discern the seeds for many of John’s books that we have grown to love.  Also, you will see how he responded to national tragedies as well as local events near his church.

Review

I have been more critical of John MacArthur’s works than any other one author I have reviewed.  This is in large part due to the fact that I have gleaned so much from his teaching ministry that I want to be cautious in just giving a “free pass” so to speak.  That being said, there is not much in the way of review or criticism needed for Truth Endures.  What you get is what you see – a sampling of sermons from one of the most well-known Christian preachers of our generation.

What is most extraordinary is that you see that his style has changed very little over the course of forty years.  He has always striven to be faithful to the text of the Bible and, for the most part, his assessments have been accurate and challenging.  Most often, the argument one may have after listening to or reading one of John MacArthur’s sermons is not with the messenger.  Rather, the argument must be taken up with the Lord.  This is something that every pastor ought to seek to attain though few do.

Recommendation

If you have been ministered to by John’s ministry in your life, then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Truth Endures.  It will be a blessing to you.  If you are not familiar with the ministry of John MacArthur, this may be the best place to start as you will see MacArthur at his strongest (in the pulpit) while getting a very good overview of the ministry of a man blessed by the Lord.