Item description for Hard to Believe: The High Cost and Infinite Value of Following Jesus by John MacArthur...
Popular perception of Jesus Christ is that of a tempered, genteel man who walked the earth, offering nuggets of wisdom to His followers. But what we sometimes fail to recognize is that although Jesus Christ offered a message of forgiveness, He also spoke challenging, demanding words about what being a follower of Christ requires.
In contrast to the superficiality of much modern Christian teaching, Dr. John MacArthur serves up the unvarnished truth of what Christ taught and lived. In simple, compelling terms, he spells out what is required of those who would follow Him. Going beyond Jesus' life to include the crucifixion and resurrection, MacArthur shows readers that Jesus modeled the commitment and loving obedience He requires of us by making the ultimate sacrifice for humankind.
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook
Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.56" Width: 4.76" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Binding Audio Cassette
Release Date Dec 31, 2003
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785263470 ISBN13 9780785263470 UPC 020049023600
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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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Reviews - What do customers think about Hard to Believe: The High Cost and Infinite Value of Following Jesus?
Still Not Understanding One Important Point Apr 27, 2008
This book had promise but he takes the opposite of extremes.
Having the viewpoint still that those who don't embrace how he thinks and
believe how he does, are going to burn in hell for eternity.
This line of thinking won't ever spring rational thought or allow you
to grow a more understanding when you can't understand the basics of God's
justice, love and his purposes for us, and well , lets not forget, the Atonement.
The promise of a Fullness of Joy, fairness, a fair shot at his glory.
Being LDS, these things are made clear through additional scripture and
revelation that I view as divine.
Bottom line is, if in the end, you think people are going to Hell just
because they didn't accept or have a chance to accept the Gospel of Jesus
Christ as you see it, then you never knew him.
Life-changing Mar 12, 2008
This book blew me away. The author (one of my very favorite preachers) starts with Luke 9:23, in which Jesus is quoted as saying, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me." He then proceeds to tell it like it is, explaining that while salvation is a free gift of God, there is a cost to following Christ - a willingness to deny self and submit to the will of God.
Long over due... Dec 14, 2007
I truly enjoyed this book. John Macarthur brought to the light so many issues that the church as a whole faces today, issues that need to be addressed with the boldness and confidence that Macarthur approaches his writing of this text.
Wake up church! Nov 24, 2007
After reading the back cover and the introduction I had no choice but to buy this book. MacArthur challenges the reader to listen to Jesus and enter the narrow gate. Christ didn't just die for us to have a smile on our face. He died for our sins!
Just get this book.
Can't stop reading it! Oct 28, 2007
Awesome book! Thanks to John for being willing to give a message thats HARD to hear! MANY are called, FEW are choosen. I don't know how much clearer it can be. If the church as a whole was willing to stand up in this way, particularly in America, our country would never be the same.