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Overview A revised edition of the bestseller that explains the intrinsic relationship between faith and works and reveals why Jesus is both Savior and Lord to all who believe.
Publishers Description The first edition of The Gospel According to Jesus won wide acclaim in confronting the 'easy-believism' that has characterized some aspects of evangelical Christianity. Over the past 50 years, a handful of books have become true classics, revered world-wide for their crystal-clear presentation of the Gospel and lauded for their contribution to the Christian faith. These extraordinary books are read, re-read, and discussed in churches, Bible study groups, and homes everywhere. John MacArthur's The Gospel According to Jesus is one of those books. In The Gospel According to Jesus, MacArthur tackles the idea of 'easy believism, ' challenging Christians to re-evaluate their commitment to Christ by examining their fruits. MacArthur asks, 'What does it really mean to be saved?' He urges readers to understand that their conversion was more than a mere point in time, that, by definition, it includes a lifetime of obediently walking with Jesus as Lord. This 20th anniversary edition of MacArthur's provocative, Scripture-based book contains one new chapter and is further revised to provide Christians in the 21st century a fresh perspective on the intrinsic relationship between faith and works, clearly revealing Why Jesus is both Savior and Lord to all who believe
The Gospel According to Jesus - What Is Authentic Faith?
Revised and Expanded Anniversary Edition
By John MacArthur
Size: 6.2 wide x 9.4 high x 0.9 deep in. | 157 wide x 239 high x deep 22 mm
Weight: 1.235 lb | 559 gms
What does Jesus mean when he says, "Follow me"? Twenty years ago, pastor-teacher and bestselling author John MacArthur tackled that seemingly simple question---and wrote a book that has since taken its place among Christianity's classics. This 20th Anniversary edition of MacArthur's provocative book has been revised and contains one new chapter.
The first edition of The Gospel According to Jesus won wide acclaim in confronting the "easy-believism" that has characterized some aspects of evangelical Christianity. Over the past 50 years, a handful of books have become true classics, revered world-wide for their crystal-clear presentation of the Gospel and lauded for their contribution to the Christian faith. These extraordinary books are read, re-read, and discussed in churches, Bible study groups, and homes everywhere. John MacArthur's The Gospel According to Jesus is one of those books. In The Gospel According to Jesus, MacArthur tackles the idea of "easy believism," challenging Christians to re-evaluate their commitment to Christ by examining their fruits. MacArthur asks, "What does it really mean to be saved?" He urges readers to understand that their conversion was more than a mere point in time, that, by definition, it includes a lifetime of obediently walking with Jesus as Lord. This 20th anniversary edition of MacArthur's provocative, Scripture-based book contains one new chapter and is further revised to provide Christians in the 21st century a fresh perspective on the intrinsic relationship between faith and works, clearly revealing Why Jesus is both Savior and Lord to all who believe.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.24 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2008
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310287294 ISBN13 9780310287292 UPC 025986287290
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JOHN MACARTHUR is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California; president of The Masters College and Seminary; and featured teacher for the Grace to You media ministry. Weekly telecasts and daily radio broadcasts of "Grace to You" are seen and heard by millions worldwide. John has also written several bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, The New Testament Commentary series, Twelve Ordinary Men, and The Truth War. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Gospel According To Jesus-20th Anniversary (Updated)?
Though a powerful argument, there are weaknesses. Feb 8, 2008
From message preached by Dr. MacArthur: "It's amazing, but a believer can be just as barren and just as fruitless as an unbeliever. And therefore completely indistinguishable from an apostate, an evil doer, a superficial false Christian." I recommend that those who love and listen to Dr.MacArthur consider that he is not 100 % fullproof in his stance on this subject.
See his message "Remembering what you Know" from the [...] website.
The good news is the Lord Jesus Christ! Feb 1, 2008
I enjoyed reading "The Gospel According to Jesus". MacArthur does a good job laying out the truth of the gospel. The appendix, the gospel according to the apostles, is a bonus for those whose belief is limited to a misinterpretation of Paul in Romans alone. I did find myself wishing MacArthur would have phrased certain statements better, but overall a work that needs to be read.
The bottom line and main point of the book is that you must receive Jesus Christ as everything or you do not receive him at all. That simple statement summarizes the book and is consistent with the whole of Scripture. It also has a very good chapter devoted to repentance. Both repentance and the Lordship of Jesus are left out of the gospel today leaving us with churches filled with false converts.
Excellent presentation of true salvation Dec 9, 2007
I just finished reading The Gospel According to Jesus, and it was absolutely wonderful. I remember reading through the gospels about 8 years ago when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I had just started attending a seeker sensitive church, and we had a great pastor. But I remember even then, as I read through the gospels and studied the words of the Savior thinking that there was a lot more to accepting Jesus than just praying a silent prayer to yourself at the end of the service. It required a change of lifestyle, a change of heart, a change of attitude, and an understanding of my own sin and depravity. In short, it was not an "easy" thing to accept. And life has borne out that following Him is not always "easy", not always "fun", and the trials that come to test your faith can often be excruciatingly painful. That said, I *have* trusted Him, have kept the faith, and continue to remain in His grace and to seek His strength and direction for my life. I share with Dr. MacArthur a deep appreciation for the true gospel, and a desire to share it with others. I think there are way too many people out there who accept something that is a poor substitute for the gospel Jesus came to give us, and I fear there are a great many people who have been lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to eternal salvation. This is one of the reasons I have such a problem with the likes of Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, and others who pervert and distort the real message of our Lord.
As good as this book is, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are even better. If you really want to know the gospel of Jesus, go there first and let Him speak to you personally. For some clear insight and instruction on the difficult passages, you can do far worse than reading this book by John MacArthur. And by difficult, I don't necessarily mean hard to understand intellectually, I mean difficult to accept spiritually. Obedience and submission are a difficult road to travel--perhaps more especially in this decadent worldly society, but "the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life..."
Solid Theology Oct 23, 2007
This book is very worthwhile. Cites scripture to make points. Valuable for learning how to evangelize effectively and also for personal discipleship. Not fluffy.
Jesus' Teachings on Salvation Oct 10, 2007
"The gospel in vogue today holds forth a false hope to sinners. It promises them they can have eternal life yet continue to live in rebellion against God." ~ John F. MacArthur
John F. MacArthur presents a more radical approach to Christianity. In "The Gospel According to Jesus" he takes the reader on a journey to the heart of Jesus' message. This book is the result of seven years of serious study and it shows. He answers the following questions:
What is authentic faith in Christ? What is a true conversion? Will asking Jesus into your heart get you to heaven? Can you become a believer if you don't repent of your sins? What are the signs of a true believer?
If you have ever had any doubts about your salvation this is a very interesting read. Not only does the author base his teachings on the words of Christ, he explains them in ways I've never heard before. I was very interested in his comparison between Nicodemus and the woman by the well. He also brings a much fuller understanding to biblical stories of salvation.
"The mark of a true disciple is not that he never sins, but rather that when he does sin he inevitably returns to the Lord to receive cleansing and forgiveness." ~ pg. 111
John F. MacArthur makes some excellent points about the life of a Christian after conversion. Many of the topics discussed will shock you back into the reality of Christ's true teachings. Throughout this book he explains the spiritual truths in Jesus' parables.
What I appreciated most about this work was the emphasis on Jesus' teachings and the excellent translation of Jesus' ideas for our modern society. If you are willing to take an honest look at your faith then I can highly recommend this to you. I can honestly say that the teachings in this book will lead you to a much happier life as a Christian. You can test out the theories and teachings and decide what is true in your own life.