Published on March 29, 2019 by Joshua R Monroe

Crossway, 2019 | 80 pages

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Perhaps no one else has ever faced as much hardship, opposition, or relentless suffering as the apostle Paul. And yet, through it all, Paul stood firm in Christ and remained faithful―to the very end.

The power of Paul’s example has captivated veteran pastor John MacArthur for years, and here he outlines nine unwavering convictions that contributed to this remarkable perseverance. In an age when pastoral failure and burnout are increasingly common, this book is a call to endurance in ministry, encouraging pastors to stand strong in their role and not lose heart, regardless of what God sends their way.


About the Author

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He is known around the world for his verse-by-verse expository preaching and his pulpit ministry via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of the Master’s Seminary and Master’s University. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.



Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio:

It seems only right that a book bearing this title should come from the pen of one whose life and ministry exemplify such faithfulness. Here is a helpful, challenging, resounding cry to the rest of us to keep on!

Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; President, 9Marks:

What are we to do in ministry when we encounter setbacks? John MacArthur presents nine reasons that the apostle Paul did not lose heart. This concise treatise is marked by gospel clarity and filled with timely observations. Accurate and honest, direct and encouraging, clear and plain, MacArthur has produced a portrait in words. As Paul reflects Christ, so should the faithful minister. Unintentionally, MacArthur here has written his own autobiography.

Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries:

If C. H. Spurgeon could say of John Bunyan, ‘Prick him anywhere―his blood is Bibline,’ we can surely echo him: ‘Prick John MacArthur anywhere, and his blood is Pauline!’ In these pages, MacArthur gives us a power-packed guide for the times that instantaneously clears away muddle-headed thinking about gospel ministry. Remaining Faithful in Ministry is simultaneously as bracing as a cold shower in the early morning and as thrilling as the prospect of a glorious day of adventure. If it doesn’t make you want to be a more faithful servant of Christ, beware.

Steven J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries; Professor of Preaching, The Master’s Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries:

As John MacArthur reaches his fifty-year milestone as pastor of Grace Community Church, this book is timely, appropriate, and greatly needed. Pastors today are facing enormous challenges from every side. Countless numbers are discouraged, and many are unable to persevere. Here is an invaluable reminder of the essential truths necessary for long-term endurance in gospel ministry. No one is better qualified to produce this material than MacArthur, who has lived the convictions of this book in one pastorate for half a century. Read this, embrace this, and you will be strengthened for the task that lies ahead of you!

R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:

John MacArthur has done it again―just the right book at just the right time. A model for all of us in ministry faithfulness, MacArthur encourages all pastors in nine specific convictions that are absolutely essential for authentic ministry. This is a treasure of wisdom for pastors and a book that will encourage all true ministers of the gospel. It is saturated with deep biblical conviction and vast pastoral experience. Every pastor―and future pastor―should read this book, and every faithful minister will treasure it.

Iain H. Murray, author, Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography and Evangelical Holiness; Founding Trustee, Banner of Truth Trust:

The greatest need for Christians today is to stay faithful in an unbelieving world. We are thankful for John MacArthur’s steadying example and teaching. His insight brought from Scripture in these pages provides a message we continue to need this side of heaven.

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Remaining Faithful in Ministry: 9 Essential Convictions for Every Pastor

Crossway, 2019 | 80 pages

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