I’ve been able to attend the Truth Matters Conference this weekend, a conference put on by John Macarthur’s radio ministry Grace to You. The conference, which was originally a couple hundred dollars, was made free for any GTY listener who would register online. Don’t think that the fact that it was free made it a cheap conference. Like all of Macarthur’s ministries, when they set out to do something, they do it right. Free drinks, free meals, free snacks, free everything.
It’s been amazing to see the fruitfulness of this ministry– thousands of people from around the country (every state in America is represented) and even some people from around the globe gathered to attend. It was announced tonight that a lady from Australia was there. Today, I had meals with a couple from Maryland, a woman from Chicago, and a young lady from Massachusetts– each of them with a story about how GTY changed their lives.
It seems, as in the days of the Judges, God raises up leaders that provide guidance for a generation. For the last four decades, John Macarthur’s exposition of the Word of God has been used mightily to ignite a resurgence of gospel-centeredness, Bible exposition, and God-centered ecclesiology– not to mention a love for the doctrines of grace and reformed theology.
You don’t see this kind of worldwide fruitfulness very often. Throughout history, the list of men and women who have had such a long-standing global ministry are few. My prayer is that God would raise up more men who stand firmly on the rock-solid foundation of God’s Word, to preach it boldly, in season and out of season; who trust deeply in its supernatural ability to awaken life in a dead soul.
I pray that he would raise up “. . .certain young men whom He may use in this glorious employ [revival]. And what manner of men will they be? Men mighty in the Scriptures, their lives dominated by a sense of the greatness, the majesty and holiness of God, and their minds and hearts aglow with the great truths of the doctrines of grace. They will be men who have learned what it is to die to self, to human aims and personal ambitions; men who are willing to be ‘fools for Christ’s sake’, who will bear reproach and falsehood, who will labour and suffer, and whose supreme desire will be, not to gain earth’s accolades, but to win the Master’s approbation when they appear before His awesome judgment seat. They will be men who will preach with broken hearts and tear-filled eyes, and upon whose ministries God will grant an extraordinary effusion of the Holy Spirit, and who will witness ‘signs and wonders following’ in the transformation of multitudes of human lives.”
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The quote above is from Arnold Dallimore, George Whitefield (London, 1970), I:16.