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Overview A revised edition of the best-seller that explains the intrinsic relationship between faith and works and reveals why Jesus is both Savior and Lord to all who believe.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.73 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 1994
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310394910 ISBN13 9780310394914 UPC 025986394912
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More About John MacArthur
John MacArthur is pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as author, conference speaker, president of The Master's College and featured teacher with Grace to You, an international radio broadcast. His more than six dozen books have sold millions of copies worldwide and include more than two dozen volumes of The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series.
The son of Jack MacArthur and fifth cousin of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, John MacArthur attended Bob Jones University before transferring to Los Angeles Pacific College (now Azusa Pacific University). He later obtained his Masters of Divinity from Biola University's Talbot Theological Seminary, in La Mirada, California. He graduated with honors. From 1964 to 1966, he served as an associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church, in Burbank, California and, from 1966 to 1969, as a faculty representative for Talbot Theological Seminary. Then, in 1969, he became the third pastor in the then-short history of the nondenominational Grace Community Church of Sun Valley, California.
His daily radio program, Grace to You, which is now broadcast throughout much of the world, began as an audio recording ministry to provide cassettes of his sermons to listeners. They were first broadcast in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1977.
In 1985, MacArthur became the president of The Master's College (formerly Los Angeles Baptist College), an accredited, four-year, liberal arts Christian college; and, in 1986, he founded The Master's Seminary. MacArthur also received an honorary doctorate from Talbot Theological Seminary[ and an honorary doctorate from Grace Graduate School.
Nearly 43 years after beginning in the pulpit of Grace Community, MacArthur completed one his own life goals of preaching through the entire New Testament on June 5, 2011, at the end of his projected target window, stated the previous January, to finish "some time in the summer." During the same interview, MacArthur projected he would complete his commentary series within another five years, some 35 years after beginning.
MacArthur is married to Patricia and they have four children and fifteen grandchildren.
John MacArthur, es el pastor-maestro de la Grace Community Church en Sun Valley, California. Ademas, es presidente de The Master's College and Seminary. Es un prolifico autor con muchos exitos de ventas. Su estilo popular de exposicion y ensenanza de la Biblia puede escucharse a diario en su programa radial de difusion internacional "Gracia a vosotros."
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A must read for all Christians Mar 3, 2007
After many years of studying the Bible on my own in order to understand the doctrines of faith, and reading and collecting a variety of books, I have dicovered John MacArthur's books and Bible commentary a little late in the process. But the advantage has been to get a survey of Christian doctrines with a variety of interpretations, both past and present. After a while you develop some discernment as to orthodoxy and heresy. MacArthur is firmly in the orthodox camp with an obvious gift for writing and explaining theological subjects, which in this work is "Lordship salvation". Does a believer in Christ need to turn from his sin (repent), and be obiedient to the command to "follow Me". This book is so thoroughly referenced with Scripture it makes his argument a slam dunk. While reading it I kept my Bible at my side and looked up most of the references as I progressed. The points he makes are plain and obvious to any person with average reading comprehension. MacArthur is an excellent writer. He can elaborate on the same theme for 300 pages without boring the reader. But more importantly, he leaves a lay person with a clear understanding and assurance of believing in the Gospel once delivered to the saints. What is that worth in this mire of apostasy?
Is this book off balance? Or does it show the light? Dec 16, 2006
There are books that influence one's thinking, either by revealing ideas that are not previously considered or by changing a person's opinion by effective arguments. There are other books that confirm what the reader already believed, but rather articulates and/or strengthens those convictions. "The Gospel According To Jesus" is the latter in my life.
This book deals with the issue of Lordship salvation. In other words, can Jesus be your Savior without being your Lord? MacArthur answers "No."
Two things to understand MacArthur are 1) philosophic Lordship salvation and 2) Calvinistic Lordship salvation. By philosophic Lordship salvation, I am referring to the understanding that Jesus is Lord of all, period. Thus, He is Lord over my life and everyone else's as well, whether they are the most committed Christian or the most antagonistic opponent of Christianity. To put it another way, it means recognizing the fact that Jesus is our Lord and putting that recognition into action, into how we live our lives.
Additionally, there is a difference between Calvinistic Lordship salvation and Arminian Lordship salvation. In the latter, salvation can be maintained (in some cases, even obtained) by doing good, and rebellion can result in a loss of that salvation. In the former, salvation is by grace and permanent, but works are a proof of the salvation inside (or lack thereof).
Some question if MacArthur is saying that a person who is saved must live like Christ is their Lord 24 and 7. MacArthur points out that a believer can be disobedient to their Lord. His whole point is that if we are following Christ, there will be a difference between our life and that of an unbeliever.
The emphasis of this book are the teachings of Jesus Himself. There are some who believe that the epistles should be a greater influence in the believer's life than the Gospels, and I lean that way (though I believe all the epistles should be the guideline, while others focus solely on Paul's letters). However, MacArthur does cross reference the epistles.
For me, one of the strengths in this book is dealing with the parables of the sower and the wheat and tares. He clearly points out that just because a person claims to be a Christian does not mean he or she is.
I obviously highly recommend this book. It may seem like he goes overboard proving his point, but this issue is important enough that it is understandable.
Changing the Terms of the Gospel Dec 14, 2006
I have read and studied this and the original version of The Gospel According to Jesus.
One must always be careful not to bounce off one unbiblical teaching into another. This has sadly been the case of some people who have, with good cause, been frustrated by those who make professions of faith in Christ, but do not live for Christ. Christians should be distressed over those who call themselves Christians, but show little interest in living for the Lord. This frustration, however, does not warrant changing the terms of the gospel, which is what Dr. MacArthur does in this book.
MacArthur desires to see professing believers live godly Christian lives, but he can't make the problem of carnal Christians go away by demanding from an unsaved man an upfront commitment to live in obedience to the Lord's commands in "exchange" for eternal life.
For example Dr. MacArthur writes on p. 148, "That is the kind of response the Lord Jesus called for: wholehearted commitment. A desire for him at any cost. Unconditional surrender. A full exchange of self for the Savior. It is the only response that will open the gates of the kingdom."
Dr. MacArthur conditions the reception of salvation on a commitment of man to do or become something. He has, therefore, created a man-centered gospel, and this then is a works based, false gospel.
Pardon the shameless plug: I have written a comprehensive response to the Lordship interpretation of the gospel. The book title is: In Defense of the Gospel: Biblical Answers to Lordship Salvation.
Dr. MacArthur is a sincere preacher; he means well and wants to be true to the Bible. He has, however, erred grievously in his Lordship Salvation interpretation of the gospel.
Dr. John hits another one out of the park Nov 9, 2006
If you want to know what "Lordship Salvation" is about, read this and Ryrie's "So Great a Salvation" and make up your own mind
Context is King! Nov 9, 2006
There seems to be a great rift in modern evangelicalism regarding, "What is the true gospel?" The Gospel According to Jesus answers this question biblically and thoroughly.
Debating "What is the true Gospel," can prove to be quite a chore. The issue of "Lordship Salvation" is brought up and people seems to widely misunderstand it's biblical base. The confusion is not easy to sift through. Personally I spent over a year wrestling with the answer. It took time studying the bible and praying. Supplementing these, I used, and would highly recommend, reading "The Gospel According to Jesus" and classical works by Strong, Ironside, Bunyan, and Edwards.
In reading, common sense should be enough to inform someone context is critical. Reviewers of this book, however, misquote it untiringly. Ryrie wrote a book to answer MacArthur's "The Gospel According to Jesus" Ryrie, though a scholar and great theologian from which great things can be learned, seems to have abandoned basic scholarship in evaluating this book. "The Gospel According to Jesus" is very well written and easy to understand. MacArthur works tirelessly from scripture applying hermeneutics Ryrie seems to have forgotten in his book.
"The Gospel According to Jesus" will be a very convicting read if you approach it with an attitude to learn and be challenged biblically. Take time reading it and wrestle with the texts. You will find it a great benefit to your faith.