Item description for Our Awesome God by John MacArthur...
Overview A bestselling author lifts the blinders from our eyes, allowing us to focus on our Creator's face. Packed with Scripture references and day-to-day applications, this fascinating book can help readers in their pursuit of perceiving, recognizing, and understanding the wonders of God's person more strongly and clearly.
Don't get me wrong. My coworker Betty was truly a good person. She was hard-working and would always help out anyone who needed her. And I avoided her like the plague.
You're probably wondering why I tried to stay away from Betty if she was such a nice person. The answer is simple: Betty was always unhappy. She fussed about everything--from the food she ate, to the weather outside. Nothing ever suited Betty, and her continual complaining bothered everyone around her.
Besides bothering other people, unhappiness is actually bad for us. Numerous studies have proven that our outlook on life affects our physical being. Long-term stress and anxiety lower our immune system and leave us open to all kinds of illnesses. The wisdom of Proverbs tells us that "a joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones" (Proverbs 17:22).
God doesn't want us to lead frustrated, miserable lives. He wants us to be full of the joy of the Holy Spirit. Proverbs also states, "The cheerful of heart has a continual feast" (Proverbs 15:15).
To have your heart filled with happiness would be like a dream come true, wouldn't it? Are you wondering how you can tap into this joy for yourself? There are a number of clues in the Bible on how to go about being joyful.
First of all, joy will come to us as we search for God: "May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you" (Psalm 40:16). And there is only one way to find Him. Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). When we recognize that Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God, who suffered and died on a cross as our substitute, and accept him as our personal Savior, we are assured, "In your presence there is fullness of joy" (Psalm 16:11). Of course, this doesn't mean that life will always be easy and trouble-free. But God will give us a foretaste of the joy that we will someday know in Heaven.
Secondly, staying close to the Lord brings us peace and happiness. "I have set the Lord always before me....Therefore my heart is glad" (Psalm l6:8-9). Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that when we are led by the Holy Spirit, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." All this spiritual fruit, including joy, certainly makes living in our modern fast-paced society a whole lot easier.
And then we must trust Him. "Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy" (Psalm 5:11) "Blessed is he who trusts in the Lord" (Proverbs 16:20). "The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him" (Psalm 28:7).
Finally, to continue to be happy, we should live our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him. "The righteous shall be glad" (Psalm 68:3).
Finding God and keeping close to Him, trusting He will care for us and obeying Him--all in all, not too steep a price to pay for a heart that is filled with joy. Just imagine how wonderful it would be to wake up each morning and start the new day with the thought, "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24). Couple that with, "The joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10), and you can confidently face whatever the day brings.
Are you ready to seek God and find the joy that knowing Him will bring into your life? It's an easy thing to do because He is there waiting for you to come to Him. Romans 10:13 tells us that "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." So admit you've sinned--"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)--and then give your life to God. You'll be happier for it, in this life and in the life to come.
You can use your own words or you can simply pray, "Jesus, I've sinned, and I know that You died for my sins. Come into my life and be my Lord and Savior, that I may know the joy of eternal life. Amen."
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Release Date Aug 9, 2001
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ISBN 1581342896 ISBN13 9781581342895
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More About John MacArthur
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He is known around the world for his verse-by-verse expository preaching and his pulpit ministry via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of the Master's College and Seminary. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.
R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries. He has taught at numerous colleges and seminaries, has written over seventy books, and is featured daily on Renewing Your Mind, an international radio broadcast.
Alistair Begg serves as the senior pastor of Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1975 and served eight years in Scotland at both Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church. He has written several books and is heard daily on the radio program Truth For Life. He and his wife, Susan, have three grown children.
Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks (9Marks.org). Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.
Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor at University Reformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, Michigan. He serves as a council member at the Gospel Coalition and blogs at DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed. He serves as Chancellor's Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and is a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. He is the author of several books, including Just Do Something, Crazy Busy, and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children.
Sinclair B. Ferguson (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of systematic theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and the former senior minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the author of several books, the most recent being By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me. Sinclair and his wife, Dorothy, have four grown children.
Michael J. Kruger (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is the president and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kruger is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America and also serves as the pastor of teaching at Uptown PCA in Charlotte. He blogs regularly at MichaelJKruger.com and tweets at @michaeljkruger.
R. Albert Mohler Jr. (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the ninth president of Southern Seminary and as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology. Considered a leader among American evangelicals by Time and Christianity Today magazines, Dr. Mohler hosts a daily radio program for the Salem Radio Network and also writes a popular daily commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues. Both can be accessed at www.albertmohler.com.
Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) serves as the president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries. He is an editor of the Theologians on the Christian Life series and also hosts the weekly podcast 5 Minutes in Church History.
Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is the Paul Woolley Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary and pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Ambler, Pennsylvania. He was editor of Themelios for nine years, has authored or edited more than a dozen books, and has contributed to multiple publications including the Dictionary of Historical Theology and The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology.
Nathan Busenitz (PhD, The Master's Seminary) is assistant professor of theology at the Master's Seminary. He previously served on the pastoral staff of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. He is the author of numerous books and a regular contributor to the blog Preacher & Preaching.
Ligon Duncan (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is the chancellor & CEO and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously served as the senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, for seventeen years. He is a cofounder of Together for the Gospel, a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and was the president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals from 2004-2012. Duncan has edited, written, or contributed to numerous books. Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children and live in Jackson, Mississippi.
Derek Thomas (PhD, University of Wales, Lampeter) is the Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta and minister of preaching and teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. His many books include Calvin's Teaching on Job, and he serves as the editor for reformation21, the e-zine of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.
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Excellent book on the Attributes of God Feb 8, 2008
John MacArthur provides us with a book on theology proper that is in a sense a hidden treasure. We were trying to find a book for our youth ministry that expounds on the attributes of God with clarity and depth. We found that Our Awesome God is/was particularly useful in helping Believers of all ages grasp a foundational understanding of God's character. J.I. Packer's Knowing God is a classic, but if you are looking for something easier to read, but not lacking in theological depth, then I would highly recommend Our Awesome God. Each chapter is loaded with Scripture references and solid citations/quotes from saints like John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, A.W. Tozer, Thomas Watson, Stephen Charnock, Packer...etc. Even if you have already read Packer, Grudem, or any other book that expounds on theology proper, read this one as well and you will walk away with a deeper understanding of God's character and a higher view of God. The Study questions in the back of the book are perfect for personal study or for any Bible study group.
Short But Consise Book on Doctrine of God May 15, 2004
If you are looking for a short, consise, but sound doctrinal book on the doctrine of God then I would encourage you to pick up a copy of Dr. John MacArthur's book. Each chapter of the book deals with an attribute of our awesome God. And in keeping with his tradition, Dr. MacArthur gives us pleanty of Scriptures to chew on as we look at our God.
My only complaint is a good one in that I wish that this book were longer!