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William MacDonald

William MacDonald (1917 - 2007)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker William MacDonald in text and pdf format. Was President of Emmaus Bible College, teacher, Plymouth Brethren theologian and a prolific author of over 84 published books. MacDonald refused to accept royalties for his books but established a fund for translating his work Believers Bible Commentary into foreign languages.

Bill will be not only be remembered for the thousands upon thousands of lives he touched through his books, teaching and many personal letters, but for his Christ-like character and gentleness, yet powerful life lived by faith in Christ. One of his most impact-ful books is the small booklet called: "True Discipleship" it is recommended reading for every serious disciple of Christ.

SermonIndex Recommends these books by William MacDonald:
Believer's Bible Commentary by William MacDonald
True Discipleship by William MacDonald
One Day at a Time by William MacDonald

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A Mess of Pottage
      "Esau ... for one morsel of meat sold his birthright." Hebrews 12:16 It is often possible to barter life's best values for a momentary gratification of physical appetite. That is what Esau did. He had come in from the field tired and hung ... read more

An Overview of Ecclesiastes
      The Book of Ecclesiastes describes Solomon’s search for the meaning of life, by his own unaided intellect and apart from divine revelation. His conclusion was that life is vanity and as futile as chasing the wind. We know the book was written by Solomo ... read more

Appear Before The Judgment Seat of Christ
      “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2 Cor. 5:10) While it is true, as we have seen on the previous page, that ... read more

Assurance of Eternal Life
      “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13) Some of us will be eternally thankful to God for this ... read more

Bible Paradoxes
      “…as dying, and, behold, we live.” (2 Cor. 6:9) The Bible is full of paradoxes, that is, truths that seem contrary to what we would normally suppose or truths that seem to contradict one another. G. K. Chesterton maintained that paradox is truth sta ... read more

Cast Thy Bread Upon the Waters
      “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” (Eccl. 11:1) Bread here is probably used, figuratively, for the grain from which it is made. In Egypt, seed was sown on flooded areas. As the waters receded, the crop came fort ... read more

Christ Warned Against Titles
      “…you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ.” (Matt. 23:8-10 RSV) ... read more

Coming to God
      THE LORD’S SUPPER This solemn act of remembrance was instituted by the Lord Jesus on the night of His betrayal.’ Immediately after He had celebrated the last Passover with His disciples, He introduced what we know as the Lord’s supper. “He took bread, an ... read more

De Profundis - Out of the Depths
      "He that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption." Galatians 6:8 No one can sin and get away with it. The results of sin are not only inescapable, they are extremely bitter. Sin may look like a harmless kitty but it eventually devo ... read more

Defiling the Temple of God
      “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” (1 Cor. 3:17) In this verse, the temple of God refers to the local assembly. Paul is not speaking to individual Christians but to believ ... read more

Denying The Resurrection of Christ
      “And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. “(Matt. 28:12, 13) The Lord Jesus had no sooner risen from ... read more

Disciples Are Stewards
      Read Luke 16:1-13 It was to the disciples that the parable of the unjust steward was spoken. In it, the Savior sets forth principles that apply to disciples of all time. After all, the disciples of Christ are essentially stewards, entrusted with the ca ... read more

Discipleship And Marriage
      “There are some eunuchs…which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it” (Matthew 19:12). One of the major questions to be faced by every disciple is whether God has called him to m ... read more

Discipline in the Church
      PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE First of all, it can do so by the godly lives of those who are associated with it. This is fundamental. God desires practical sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:3). This is why Church truths are not given as an isolated an ... read more

Doing All For the Glory of God
      “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31) One of the great tests of Christian behavior is whether there is any glory for God in it. Too often we test our conduct by the question, “Is there ... read more

Early Christians Undergoing Persecution
      “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word.” (Acts 4:29) When the early Christians were undergoing persecution, they did not wait for their circumstances to change. Instead t ... read more

Evangelism and Social Involvement
      "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people." Matthew 4:23 A recurring problem among Christians is maintai ... read more

Expansion of the Church
      GIFTS FOR TODAY It was mentioned earlier that originally there were five gifts-apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. It was suggested that the first two were concerned primarily with the foundation of the Church, and that, in general, ... read more

      There can be no true discipleship without profound and unquestioning faith in the living God. He who would do exploits for God must first trust Him implicitly. “All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on God ... read more

Faith Is Trusting the Word of God
       “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1) Faith is implicit trust in the Word of God. It is confidence in the trustworthiness of God. It is the conviction that what God says is true and that what ... read more

FEBRUARY 2 - One Day at a Time
       “…the God who spoke that out of darkness light should shine…has shone in our hearts for the shining forth of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6, Darby’s translation) “God has shone in…for the shining forth.” H ... read more

FEBRUARY 20 - One Day at a Time
       “I will not eat until I have told my errand.” (Gen. 24:33) Just as Abraham’s servant had a sense of urgency in connection with his mission, so should we. This does not mean we must race around in all directions at once. It does not mean that we must ... read more

FEBRUARY 21 - One Day at a Time
       “I dwell among mine own people.” (2 Kings 4:13) A prominent woman in Shunam showed hospitality to Elisha whenever he passed that way. Eventually she suggested to her husband that they build an extra bedroom so that the prophet would have his own room ... read more

FEBRUARY 22 - One Day at a Time
       “For the equipping of the saints for the work of service,” (Eph. 4:12, NASB) A revolutionary insight! The gifts in Ephesians 4 are given to perfect the saints for the work of the ministry. As soon as the saints can carry on, the gift can move on. ... read more

FEBRUARY 23 - One Day at a Time
       “A wise man will hear.” (Prov. 1:5) The essential difference between the wise man and the fool in the book of Proverbs is that the wise man will hear and the fool won’t. It isn’t a question of the fool’s mental capacity. Actually he may have unusu ... read more

FEBRUARY 24 - One Day at a Time
       “Adam…begat a son in his own likeness, after his image.” (Gen. 5:3) It is a basic fact of physical life that we beget children in our own likeness, after our image. Adam begat a son in his own likeness, and called his name Seth. When people saw Seth ... read more

FEBRUARY 25 - One Day at a Time
       “According to your faith be it unto you.” (Mt. 9:29) When Jesus asked two blind men if they believed that He was able to give them sight, they replied that they did. As He touched their eyes, He said, “According to your faith be it unto you,” and the ... read more

FEBRUARY 26 - One Day at a Time
       “How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?” (John 5:44) By these words our Lord indicates that we cannot at the same time seek man’s approbation and the approval of God. He also affirm ... read more

FEBRUARY 27 - One Day at a Time
       “But God hath chosen…the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” (1 Cor. 1:27) If a carpenter can take waste, scrap lumber and make a splendid piece of furniture out of it, it brings more credit to him than if he uses only ... read more

FEBRUARY 28 - One Day at a Time
       “He will destroy them…so that you may drive them out and destroy them.” (Deut. 9:3 NASB) In all of God’s dealings with mankind, there is a curious merging of the divine and the human. Take the Bible, for example. There is the divine Author, and th ... read more

FEBRUARY 29 - One Day at a Time
       “Jesus Christ…is Lord of all “(Acts 10:36) One of the great themes of the New Testament is the lordship of Jesus Christ. Over and over we are reminded that He is Lord and that we should give Him that place in our lives. To crown Jesus as Lord mean ... read more

FEBRUARY 3 - One Day at a Time
       “And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.” Rev. 8:3. We believe that th ... read more

FEBRUARY 4 - One Day at a Time
       “If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.” (Psa. 73:15) The psalmist had been going through a rough patch. He saw the wicked prospering in the world, whereas his own life was a nightmare of trouble ... read more

FEBRUARY 5 - One Day at a Time
       “I know that Thou canst do all things, and that no purpose of Thine can be thwarted.” Job 42:2 NASB) No purpose of God can be thwarted. Man may have his wickedness, but God has His way. Man may have a lot to say, but God will have the last word. Solo ... read more

FEBRUARY 6 - One Day at a Time
       “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22) There is a subtle deception that attending meetings, conferences and seminars is doing the work of God. We listen to messages and talk about what we know we shou ... read more

FEBRUARY 7 - One Day at a Time
       “I have been crucified with Christ.” (Gal. 2:20 NASB) When the Lord Jesus died on the Cross, He died not only as my Substitute; He died also as my Representative. He died not only for me but as me. When He died, there is a real sense in which I died. ... read more

FEBRUARY 8 - One Day at a Time
       “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” (Matt. 12:30) The Lord Jesus spoke these words concerning the Pharisees. They had just committed the unpardonable sin, attributing His miracles to Beelzebub, ... read more

FEBRUARY 9 - One Day at a Time
       “He that is not against us is for us.” (Luke 9:49, 50) At first this seems to flatly contradict our previous verse, but there is no contradiction. There the Savior was speaking to the unbelieving Pharisees and saying, “If you aren’t for Me, you’re ag ... read more

Forgiving A Person in Your Heart
      “And be ye kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Eph. 4:32 NASB) There is a definite order to be followed in connection with Scriptural forgiveness. If we would follow this order we ... read more

Forsaking All
      “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). To be a disciple of the Lord Jesus, one must forsake all. This is the unmistakable meaning of the words of the Savior. No matter how much ... read more

Giving As Unto God
      “But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.” (Phil. 4:18) Paul’s letter to the Philippians was really an acknowl ... read more

God Will Do What Is Right in the End
      “Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?” (Gen. 18:25) When there are mysteries in life too deep for us to fathom, we can relax in the confidence that the Judge of all the earth is the God of absolute and infinite righteousness. There is th ... read more

God's Center of Worship
      “…neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem.” (John 4:21) For the Samaritans, the center of worship was on Mt. Gerizim. For the Jews, Jerusalem was the place on earth where God had placed His Name. But Jesus announced a new order to the woman o ... read more

Going Outside the Camp
      “Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.” (Heb. 13:13) We learn first from this verse that Christ is the gathering center for His people. We don’t gather to a denomination, a church, a building or a great preacher ... read more

Great Truths About the Church
      THERE IS ONE BODY According to Ephesians 4:4 there is only one Church. In spite of all the circumstances that seem to deny it, the fact remains that as far as God is concerned, there is only one body of believers on the earth today. Although this Churc ... read more

He Careth For You
      "He careth for you." 1 Peter 5:7 The Bible is fairly full of tokens of God's marvelous care for His people. During Israel's forty-year trek through the wilderness, they ate food from heaven (Ex. 16:4), had an unfailing supply of water (1 Cor. 1 ... read more

Here's The Difference
      Augustine once said, "Distinguish the ages and the Scriptures harmonize." God has divided all human history into ages: "... by whom also he made the ages" (Heb. 1:2 ERV margin). These ages may be long or short. What distinguishes them is not their l ... read more

Hindrances To Discipleship
      Anyone who sets out to follow Christ can be sure that many escape routes will loom up before him. He will be given numerous opportunities to turn back. Other voices will call to him, offering to cut inches off the cross. Twelve legions of angels stand rea ... read more

How To Walk In The Spirit?
      “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit…” (Gal. 5:16) Exactly what is involved in walking in the Spirit? Actually it is not as complicated and impractical as some tend to think. Here is what a day’s walk in the Spirit would be like! First, you star ... read more

In Him You Have Been Made Complete
      “…in Him you have been made complete.” (Col. 2:10 NASB) Contrary to popular opinion, there are no degrees of fitness for heaven. A person is either absolutely fit or he is not fit at all. This goes counter to the common notion that at the top of God ... read more

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