John MacArthur

John MacArthur (June 14 1939 - ) is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry.

In 1969, after graduating from Talbot Theological Seminary, John came to Grace Community Church. The emphasis of his pulpit ministry is the careful study and verse-by-verse exposition of the Bible, with special attention devoted to the historical and grammatical background behind each passage. Under John’s leadership, Grace Community Church's two morning worship services fill the 3,500-seat auditorium to capacity. Several thousand members participate every week in dozens of fellowship groups and training programs, most led by lay leaders and each dedicated to equipping members for ministry on local, national, and international levels.

In 1985, John became president of The Master’s College (formerly Los Angeles Baptist College), an accredited, four-year liberal arts Christian college in Santa Clarita, California. In 1986, John founded The Master's Seminary, a graduate school dedicated to training men for full-time pastoral roles and missionary work.

John is also president and featured teacher with Grace to You. Founded in 1969, Grace to You is the nonprofit organization responsible for developing, producing, and distributing John’s books, audio resources, and the “ Grace to You” radio and television programs. “ Grace to You” radio airs more than 1,000 times daily throughout the English-speaking world, reaching major population centers on every continent of the world. It also airs nearly 1,000 times daily in Spanish, reaching 23 countries from Europe to Latin America. “Grace to You” television airs weekly on DirecTV in the United States, and is available for free on the Internet worldwide. All of John’s 3,000 sermons, spanning more than four decades of ministry, are available for free download.

Since completing his first best-selling book The Gospel According to Jesus in 1988, John has written nearly 400 books and study guides, including Our Sufficiency in Christ, Charismatic Chaos, Ashamed of the Gospel, The Murder of Jesus, A Tale of Two Sons, Twelve Ordinary Men, The Truth War, The Jesus You Can’t Ignore, Slave, and The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series. John's titles have been translated into more than two dozen languages. The MacArthur Study Bible, the cornerstone resource of his ministry, is available in English (NKJ, NAS, and ESV), Spanish, Russian, German, French, Portuguese, and Italian, with Chinese and Arabic translations underway.

John and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four adult children: Matt, Marcy, Mark, and Melinda. They also enjoy the enthusiastic company of their seventeen grandchildren.

Selected publications

  • Take God's Word for It, 1969
  • The Church: The Body of Christ, 1973
  • Hebrews (Commentary) (Commentary). Moody Press, 1983
  • 1 Corinthians (Commentary). Moody Press, 1984
  • Matthew 1-7 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1985
  • Ephesians (Commentary). Moody Press, 1986
  • Matthew 8-15 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1987
  • Galatians (Commentary). Moody Press, 1987
  • Matthew 16-23 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1988
  • The Gospel According to Jesus. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1988
  • You Can Trust the Bible. Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1988
  • When the Healing Doesn't Come. Valencia, CA: Word of Grace Communications, 1988
  • Matthew 24-28 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1989
  • Romans 1-8 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1991
  • Our Sufficiency in Christ. Waco, TX: Word, 1991
  • Charismatic Chaos. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1992
  • Rediscovering Expository Preaching. Dallas, TX: Word, 1992
  • How to Meet the Enemy. Wheaton, IL: ChariotVictor Publishing, 1992
  • Saved Without a Doubt. Wheaton, IL: ChariotVictor Publishing, 1992
  • Faith Works: The Gospel According to the Apostles. Dallas, TX: Word, 1993
  • Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes Like the World. Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1993
  • The Gospel According to Jesus (revised and expanded). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1994
  • The Vanishing Conscience. Dallas, TX: Word, 1994
  • Introduction to Biblical Counseling. Dallas, TX: Word, 1994 (co-authored with Dr. Wayne Mack)
  • Reckless Faith: When the Church Loses its Will to Discern. Dallas, TX: Word, 1994
  • Romans 9-16 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1994
  • Actis 1-12 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1994
  • 1 Timothy (Commentary). Moody Press, 1995
  • 2 Timothy (Commentary). Moody Press, 1995
  • First Love: The Joy and Simplicity of Life in Christ. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1995
  • The Power of Suffering: Strengthening Your Faith in the Refiner's Fire. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1995
  • Rediscovering Pastoral Ministry. Dallas, TX: Word, 1995
  • Titus (Commentary). Moody Press, 1996
  • Acts 13-28 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1996
  • The Glory of Heaven, Crossway 1997
  • James (Commentary). Moody Press, 1998
  • Revelation 1-11 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1999
  • Revelation 12-22 (Commentary). Moody Press, 2000
  • Philippians (Commentary). Moody Press, 2001
  • 1 & 2 Thessalonians (Commentary). Moody Press, 2002
  • 2 Corinthians (Commentary). Moody Press, 2003
  • Hard to Believe. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2003
  • The Book on Leadership, Thomas Nelson 2004
  • 1 Peter (Commentary). Moody Press, 2005
  • 2 Peter and Jude (Commentary). Moody, 2005
  • John 1-11 (Commentary). Moody Press, 2006
  • 1, 2, 3 John (Commentary). Moody Press, 2007
  • The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception. Thomas Nelson, 2007
  • John 12-21 (Commentary). Moody Press, 2008
  • A Tale of Two Sons. Thomas Nelson, 2008
  • Luke 1-5 (commentary), Moody Press 2009
  • ESV MacArthur Study Bible, Crossway 2010
  • Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ, Thomas Nelson 2010
  • Luke 6-10 (commentary), Moody Press 2011
  • Truth Endures, Crossway 2011

Online works