Sanctification and the Pastor’s Passion
In an exposition of Galatians 4:19, John MacArthur unpacks Paul’s pastoral heart towards the church in Galatia. He argues that the pastor’s central task is to increasingly conform the congregation into the image of Christ through the preaching of the Word. The pastor is not ultimately judged by the size of the church or the notoriety of the ministry, but the sanctification of the sheep.
John MacArthur is the president of The Master’s College and Seminary and featured teacher with Grace to You. In 1969, after graduating from Talbot Theological Seminary, John took the pastorate at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. 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. Since completing his first best-selling book, The Gospel According to Jesus, in 1988, John has written hundreds of other books and study guides, including Our Sufficiency in Christ and The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series. John and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four married children. They also enjoy the enthusiastic company of their fifteen grandchildren.