Matthew R. Perry

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Gripped By The Gospel Blog

In Church Life on February 3, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Dear Readers:

After careful consideration, I have begun a new blog called Gripped by the Gospel, which will receive a more pointed focus.  This blog will still exist for some of our church members in regards specifically to our church’s matters.  I hope you will come over and take a look.

Blessings,

“Bro. Matt”

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Interview with John MacArthur on 40 Years of Ministry at Grace Church

In John MacArthur on February 3, 2009 at 1:46 pm

God used John MacArthur greatly in bringing me into the preaching ministry. His radio and tape ministry, Grace To You, had a profound effect on my life. I remember when I was at First Baptist Church, Clewiston, Florida, when I was struggling with my calling from music ministry to the pastorate, I would sit in my garage and work on some things while listening to tapes of MacArthur’s preaching. His commitment to the Word, regardless of the topic or the difficulty. That had a deep effect on me and I remember thinking, “God, if you call me into this, help me to preach with this commitment to the Scriptures–this is Your Word!”

On February 9, 1969, John MacArthur will celebrate his 40th anniversary as pastor of Grace Community Church near Los Angeles. This is a great accomplishment for the Kingdom and a testimony to the staying power of the Word of God!

Rick Holland interviews Dr. MacArthur on those 40 years. There’s both a transcript and an MP3.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones Outlines the Gospel

In Gospel, Salvation on February 3, 2009 at 11:18 am

“God accepts this righteousness of Christ, this perfect righteousness face to face with the Law which He honoured in every respect. He has kept it and given obedience to it, He has borne its penalty. The Law is fully satisfied. God’s way of salvation, says Paul, is that. He gives to us the righteousness of Christ. If we have seen our need and go to God and confess it, God will give us His own Son’s righteousness. He imputes Christ’s righteousness to us who believe in Him, and regards us as righteous, and declares and pronounces us to be righteous in Him. That is the way of salvation, the Christian way of salvation, the way of salvation through justification by faith. So it comes to this. That I see and I believe and I look to nothing and to no one exscept to the Lord Jesus Christ. … You must no rest upon the fact that you have this tradition and that you are children of your forefathers. There is no boasting, you have to rest exclusively upon the Lord Jesus Christ and His perfect work. … We look to Christ and to Christ alone, and not to ourselves in any respect whatsoever.”

— D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1965), 33.