“How John MacArthur began (and ended) His 42 Year Journey”

Don’t let the title confuse you as it did me. John is still alive and entering into his 51st year of full time service as Pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley California. Gracechurch.org.

The following excellent video by Tim Challies chronicles Pastor MacArthur’s 42 year journey of preaching expositionally through the entire New Testament. Very well done.

When Pastor MacArthur received the call and started preaching at the age of 29 on February 9, 1969 at Grace Community Church, I was 18 and finishing up my last semester as a senior just down the street at James Monroe High School.

Although my spiritial path took me down a circuitous path far afield from Christianity into Buddhism and the New Age, I had an encounter with many Christians over many years and after a serious accident in Japan in 1981, began a search for answers which lead me through Astrology, New Age, and Hindu practices until I ran into several Christians who presented me with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 1984 at which time I and my wife were drawn by Christ into His marvelous kingdom. After being saved in a nurturing little Nazarene Church lead by Pastor Clarence Crites, I was lead by the Holy Spirit to attend Grace Community Church in 1985 for more in depth Bible teaching along with my wife and growing family. I was blessed this year (2019)to celebrate Dr. MacArthur’s 50th anniversary as Pastor of Grace Community Church. This fall I will also be attending my 50th Class reunion at James Monroe with several friends who are also members of Grace Community Church!

Challies provides a great glimpse of Pastor MacArthur’s dedication and zeal to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in His Word.

Elizabeth and I endeavour at Exploring God’s Library to introduce you to the Word of God as taught by remarkable preachers, theologians, and professors whom God has gifted to the Church so that you may benefit as we have from exposure to such accumulated wisdom.


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James and Elizabeth Stephens

James and Elizabeth Stephens presently live in Southern California and have been married since 1978. In 1999, James completed a MA in Intercultural Studies specializing in Leadership Development and in 2010 Elizabeth completed an Associate in Science in Business Information Technology.

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