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Author: John MacArthur, Jr.


9 Essential Convictions for Every Pastor

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.

Table of Contents:


  1. Convinced of the Superiority of the New Covenant
  2. Convinced That Ministry Is a Mercy
  3. Convinced of the Need for a Pure Heart
  4. Convinced of the Need to Preach the Word Faithfully
  5. Convinced That the Results Belong to God
  6. Convinced of His Own Insignificance
  7. Convinced of the Benefit of Suffering
  8. Convinced of the Need for Courage
  9. Convinced That Future Glory Is Better Than Anything This World Could Offer

General Index
Scripture Index


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.


“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!”  ~Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

“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.”  ~Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; President, 9Marks

“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.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological 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!”  ~Steven J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries; Professor of Preaching, The Master’s Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“In this very helpful book based on 2 Corinthians 4, John MacArthur helps us to see from the ministry of the apostle Paul that in the tempests of ministerial life, there is nothing more crucial than an anchor embedded in solid rock. To remain true in the work of ministry we must have Spirit-inspired and unshakable biblical convictions. The apostle Paul braved the worst of storms in his years of fruitful ministry. The convictions listed in this book often buoyed his soul back on top of life’s raging waters. May they do the same for us!”  ~Conrad Mbewe, Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church; Chancellor, African Christian University, Lusaka, Zambia; author, Pastoral Preaching

“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.”  ~R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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

“Few topics are as important as this one in our day and age. We are living during a time of unfaithfulness at every level—in the family, in society, and in the ministry. It has always been hard to remain faithful in ministry for a prolonged period of time. I am so glad that John MacArthur, a faithful minister of the Word of God for five decades, has taken the time to write about what it takes to be consistent in the pulpit and in life from beginning to end. This book is biblically solid, well written, easy to read, deep, engaging, inspiring, brief, and built on the faithful legacy of the apostle Paul. Of course, we would not expect anything less from the pen of MacArthur. If you begin to read it, you won’t stop until you are finished.”  ~Miguel Núñez, Senior Pastor, International Baptist Church, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Founding President, Wisdom & Integrity Ministries

“This is precisely what pastors need. We need to be challenged by wise and faithful pastors to stay the course and remain faithful to the end, without compromise and with unwavering conviction. In this little book, John MacArthur does just that. He examines the life of the apostle Paul, encouraging and challenging pastors to follow Paul as he followed Christ. For elders, seminary students, and pastors of all ages, this is a book for those men who are biblically qualified to shepherd the flock of God and proclaim the Word of God in season and out of season for the glory of God alone.”  ~Burk Parsons, Senior Pastor, St. Andrew’s Chapel, Sanford, Florida; Editor, Tabletalk

“This book could save many ministries, so I pray every church gets a copy of Remaining Faithful in Ministry for their pastor. Here is surprising, countercultural, Pauline wisdom every pastor should heed if he is to endure and flourish.”  ~Michael Reeves, President and Professor of Theology, Union School of Theology

“John MacArthur’s half-century of ministry at Grace Community Church in itself provides sufficient warrant to title his latest book Remaining Faithful in Ministry. It is a clarion call for pastors to remain faithful to the very end, from one whose life has exemplified faithful ministry. It includes nine essential marks that ought to be written on every pulpit, office desk, and anywhere else that a preacher might look.”  ~Derek W. H. Thomas, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries; Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

“Doctrinal, practical, motivational. In these pages, Christ’s minister will find genuine courage and strength from the Scriptures that he might fulfill God’s calling without wavering. There is more biblical truth in this little book than in most volumes ten times its size. Read it over and over again until each truth sticks. Like the dab of honey on the end of Jonathan’s staff, it will brighten your eyes and strengthen you for battle (1 Sam. 14:27).”  ~Paul David Washer, Director, HeartCry Missionary Society; author, Recovering the Gospel series; Knowing the Living GodDiscovering the Glorious Gospel; and Discerning the Plight of Man