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Seven Leaders: Pastors and Teachers by Ian H. Murray
W. J. Grier
"Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith." -Hebrews 13:7
"We thank thee for all whom thou hast raised up ... to speak thy word with holy boldness, without fear or favor. Lord, make us fit to follow in their train. Make us worthy, O God, of the Heritage they have sent down to us. Teach us, O Lord, to prize the things that we have, and all that thou hast made possible to us through them." -from a prayer of Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Spiritual leaders lead people to heaven. Here in Seven Leaders are accounts of seven such men, together with the distinctive features of their lives in John Elias, the necessity of the power of the Holy Spirit; in Andrew Bonar, the reality of communion with Christ; in Archie Brown, the irresistibility of love; in Kenneth MacRae, the need for faithfulness to death; in Martyn Lloyd-Jones, theology and doctrine; in W. J. Grier, passing on the 'sacred deposit'; and in John MacArthur, the governing authority of the word of God. An Old Testament miracle once took place at a burial. We are told that when the deceased was 'let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet' (2 Kings 13:21). Through books, the past can be touched, and the consequence may be as much of God as when Martin Luther handled the old writings of Jan Huss. Records of faithful servants of Christ still speak and can bring new life today.