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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | Comments (3)

Over the last two Sunday nights, Grace Community Church enjoyed an extended, intimate, interview-style Q&A with John MacArthur. These informal sessions, led by associate pastor Austin Duncan, focused on the early days of John’s career at Grace Church and the importance of the local church in every believer’s life.

In many ways, their conversations mirror our current blog series on the local church. John even mentioned the series at one point and remarked on the extraordinary response we’ve seen from readers. So for those of you wondering: yes, John does see your comments.

And since John and Austin covered some of the same topics we’re dealing with in this series, we wanted to share some short clips from their conversations to help frame our ongoing discussion here on the blog. This first excerpt deals with the importance of baptism and the struggle to establish the biblical model in a church that didn’t have a set pattern for baptizing believers.

Listen to this 6-minute clip:

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Tomorrow we’ll take a closer look at why baptism is important, and why so many believers today have not been baptized.

GTY Staff


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#1  Posted by Arthur Roderick  |  Wednesday, January 30, 2013at 5:16 AM

I thank God when I hear John explain this.I came out of the world wide church of God teaching.I left around 1985 and tried to be the Lone Ranger Christian for a long time,when I got Johns bible ,it opened up so many truths the way the Master used John tru theHoly Spirit is truly a miracle,thank you John,I wish I could meet you in this life to thank you personally ,I just can,t express what God the Father has done for me thru using your excellent ,diligent explanations of his word.

Artie Roderick

#2  Posted by Keith Gee  |  Saturday, February 02, 2013at 12:40 PM

I have always been accepting of other views on baptism until I heard John MacArther. My question is regarding the Salvation Army , what do they believe is required?

#3  Posted by Cameron Buettel  |  Wednesday, February 06, 2013at 1:47 PM

Hi Keith, in answer to your question the Salvation Army do not practice water baptism nor administer the Lord's Table. You can read their official statement here:

http://web.salvationarmy.org/ind/www_ind.nsf/vw-sublinks/80256E520050A2E280256C140045D031?openDocument