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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

3 Reasons Why Pastor John MacArthur was the Best Possible Choice to Give the Sermon on Reformation Day at SBTS

Today, Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA began preaching a series of sermons at the chapel services of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Today also happens to be the 489th anniversary of Martin Luther's nailing the 95 Theses on the door of Castle Church in Wittenburg. This event is commonly thought of as having sparked the Protestant Reformation, and so while most people think of October 31st as Halloween, Protestant church members who are more conscious of their heritage refer to this day as Reformation Day.

So I would like to point out a few reasons why Pastor John MacArthur was the best possible choice to preach a sermon on Reformation Day here at SBTS:

1. What other pastor has preached in the pulpits of Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin as John MacArthur did on his recent Reformation Tour?
2. What other pastor would quote the Westminster Confession 25:6 without any kind of qualifying statement as John MacArthur did today at chapel?
3. What other pastor has demonstrated humility before the Word of God as John MacArthur did in regards to the issue of "incarnational sonship"- first holding to this erroneous view, because he was convinced of it by a study of Hebrews 1:5, then abandoning this view in favor of the historic biblical understanding of the eternal relationship between the Father and the Son, based on a more thorough study of the idea of Christ's sonship as developed through all of Scripture?

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