To put it into perspective, it would be like getting invited onto the Tonight Show and sitting on the couch between Johnny Carson and George Gobel.
I had written in my original post,
To our knowledge here at Grace, this hasn’t been done in over a hundred years or more. The one person that comes immediately to my mind is John Gill, who preached through both the OT and NT, but that was in the 1700s.
Several commenters here, and at Taylor’s blog, took umbrage with my statement. A few noted J. Vernon McGee, Calvary Chapel founder, Chuck Smith, and even W.A. Criswell, who also preached through the entire NT within the last 100 years.
If I could be a bit more specific, what I have in mind is detailed exposition. Though it is true these men may have “preached” through the NT, when you consider their catalog of sermons, they don’t have nearly the depth of exposition that MacArthur presents. If you think about it, John took 8 years to preach through Matthew. Ten years to get through Luke. Plus, he taught a book in the morning and a different book on Sunday evenings. He preached anywhere from 50 to 70 minutes depending upon the subject matter.
McGee goes through the entire Bible in 5 year rotations. His teaching could be classified as more of a survey than exposition. I would say the same about Chuck Smith as well. He doesn’t do verse-by-verse, and in many cases covers entire chapters at a time. I haven’t listened to Criswell, so I can’t really offer an opinion as to the level of depth he gave his messages. Remember, I did qualify by saying “to our knowledge.”
Having thought about it a bit more, the only other preachers I can think of who gave the level of exposition John did was S. Lewis Johnson, but if you check his catalog available on-line, he didn’t preach the entire NT, and James Montgomery Boice of 10th Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, but the Lord took him before he could complete the task.