Book Highlights

Highlights from Ian H. Murray’s John MacArthur: Servant of the Word and Flock, 2011

“The key to effective leadership has very little to do with wielding authority and much to do with giving oneself.” –J. MacArthur, ‘The Pastor as Leader’ in For the Fame of God’s Name, Essays in Honor of John Piper, 469, (Murray, p. 236)

What is the biggest mistake leaders make? “That’s easy–being impatient with people, not giving them time to grow.” –J. MacArthur, conversation with Tom Pennington, (Murray pp. 233-234)

“Everybody’s got baggage. If you don’t have baggage you’re not going anywhere.” –J. MacArthur, pastoral staff meeting at Grace Church, (Murray p. 234)

“The mark of a mature life is not sinlessness, which is reserved for heaven, but growing awareness of sinfulness.” –J. MacArthur, MacArthur New Testament Commentary Matthew 1-7, p. 160, (Murray p. 235)

“‘The believer sees himself before God: poor, sorrowful, meek, hungry.’ The Christian ought to have no problem seeing that Paul was not referring to a former condition and a past experience when he speaks of himself as a ‘wretched man’.” –Murray, p. 235

“God sustains what e wills…my concern is to be a man of spiritual integrity, to have a ministry of spiritual integrity, and simply to teach the bible under the promise that God blesses His own Word. –J. MacArthur, (Murray p. 227)

‘Many would like to unite church and stage, cards and prayer, dancing and sacraments. If we are powerless to stem this torrent, we can at least warn people of its existence, and entreat them to keep out of it. When the old faith is gone, and enthusiasm for the gospel is extinct, it is no wonder that people seek something else in the way of delight. Lacking bread they feed on ashes.’ –C. H. Spurgeon as quoted by J. MacArthur, Ashamed of the Gospel, p. xi., (Murray p. 226)

“The kind of thing that gains the attention of the world, especially excitement over number and personalities, are of small consequence in the kingdom of God. –Murray, p. 209

“Not the reformation of culture but the salvation of men and women is the church’s mandate.” –Murray, p. 197

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