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The Gospel According to the Apostles: The Role of Works in the Life of Faith [Paperback]

By John MacArthur (Author)
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Ever since the days of the apostles Paul and James, Christians have struggled to define the proper tension between faith and works. In his characteristic compelling style, Dr. MacArthur reconciles these two seemingly divergent threads of biblical truth, taking the difficult questions head on.

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Ever since the days of the apostles Paul and James, Christians have struggled to define the proper tension between faith and works. Salvation, Paul stresses is "not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). But James argues, "Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works" (2:18).

In his characteristic compelling style Dr. MacArthur reconciles these two seemingly divergent threads of biblical truth, taking on the difficult questions head on: What is cheap grace? Have some Christians adopted a "no-lordship" theology? What must a person do to be considered righteous by God? Do our works have any affect on our salvation?

Jesus asked his followers, "Why do you call me Lord and not do the things that I tell you to?" When John MacArthur dared in his earlier book to ask us this question, critics accused him of shelving grace. Others read the same book and heard in it the identical message preached since the founding of the Church.

"The Gospel According to the Apostles is the same gospel Jesus preached," Dr. MacArthur says, "but it differs dramatically from the diluted message popular today. I pray you'll find this book an encouragement as you seek to put your own faith to work."

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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   266
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 8, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785271805  
ISBN13  9780785271802  
UPC  020049074985  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John MacArthur the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of The Master s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. With over four decades in the ministry, John has written dozens of best-selling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible and The Gospel According to Jesus."

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Repent, Have Faith- New Creation   Nov 19, 2006
What does having Faith mean? What does it mean to say I have accepted Jesus as my personal savior? One is making a claim to an intellectual consent that Jesus existed and Jesus is God, but to believe in Jesus has to be so much more. To have, to believe in Jesus has to acknowledge, has to consent to the words taught, to the lessons given as recorded in the New Testament are true. If an individual does so, does that person have a saving faith in Jesus? To be saved does an individual need an emotional response to the message in the New Testament in addition to the intellectual one? The emotion need to come forth from the realization that one has rebelled against God's authority- that one is a sinner. In other words does someone have to recognize the Lordship of Jesus Christ to be saved? John MacArthur argues that no man can truly have Faith in Jesus Christ without repentance for ones sins. That such repentance does effect a persons Christian walk. That a true Christian will bare fruit. This fruit does bring salvation but comes forth from salvation because one has a honest Faith in Jesus Christ. John MacArthur goes into great detail about the theological details of recognizing Jesus as lord and Savior.
A True Defender of the Christian Faith  Oct 29, 2006
Thank you Lord for blessing us with Dr.John MacArthur. I thoroughly enjoyed this volume. MacArthur's expository style is encouraging, for someone like me who values expository preaching.

I highly recommend this volume.
Commendable in Many Ways, but Lacking in Focus  May 18, 2006
At the end of Appendix 1, "The Gospel According to the Apostles," in his bestselling book The Gospel According to Jesus, John MacArthur lamented the brief space he gave to the appendix's subject matter and spoke of his desire to write a book on the topic. That dream became reality with the publication of The Gospel According to the Apostles (originally titled Faith Works) in January 1993, over four years after the release of The Gospel According to Jesus. In the intervening years, much debate had been caused by the original work, and full-length book responses had been written by Charles Ryrie and Zane Hodges. Now, with this sequel, Word's marketing department made a bold claim: "The Gospel According to Jesus began the debate. This book ends it." Well, the debate didn't end, and while The Gospel According to the Apostles has many elements worthy of commendation, it suffers from a misplaced focus: Despite MacArthur's stated intentions to the contrary, the book is structured in such a way as to place primary emphasis on MacArthur's responses to his critics, not the subject matter promised by the title.

The Gospel According to the Apostles' focus becomes clear as early as Chapter 2, "A Primer on the 'Lordship Salvation' Controversy," with its multitude of citations (complete with page references) to Ryrie's and Hodges' books. While I had read The Gospel According to Jesus twice (the two readings separated by an over 15-year time period) and Ryrie's book once before coming to The Gospel According to the Apostles, and so was familiar with the issues, others who do not have this background may get lost quickly. MacArthur does write more clearly than he did and is better organized than he was in the original edition of The Gospel According to Jesus, but it's a lot to throw at someone unfamiliar with the controversy.

Beginning with Chapter 3, the structure of the rest of the chapters becomes plain. MacArthur begins each chapter by discussing a theological issue related to the controversy, often covering the historical background of the topic, and then mentions or tackles his critics' position(s) on the subject matter. Next, he conducts a Bible study on the given topic taken from one of the New Testament epistles; even here, MacArthur keeps responding to his critics. The chapter always ends with a strong restatement of MacArthur's argument.

Since each chapter covers a different theological topic (as even a quick glance at the chapter titles reveals), MacArthur's fine, careful definitions of terms that may be unfamiliar to some of his readers are greatly appreciated. As in The Gospel According to Jesus, MacArthur shows a praiseworthy concern for the wisdom of Christians throughout the ages. (Being Reformed himself, MacArthur naturally leans toward Reformed theologians for his support.) The Bible studies of the apostles' teaching are good as far as they go.

Unfortunately, they don't go far enough. One of the primary strengths of The Gospel According to Jesus was that it essentially was a Bible study of Jesus' evangelistic methods. Theological issues were discussed as they arose in Scripture, but the book centered around a study of a different passage in Scripture in each chapter. A reader of the first book might assume that MacArthur would continue the same style in the sequel. That is not the case. Because MacArthur centers the chapters around different theological issues and responses to his critics' views on those issues, the Bible studies get short shrift. In Chapter 5, for example, MacArthur spends only the last 3 of 13 pages on a Bible study of the apostles' view of repentance. And in Chapter 6, MacArthur correctly notes that several chapters could be written on the apostles' view of justification, but that's all the more reason to puzzle over the brevity of a Bible study that only takes up 7 pages out of an 18-page chapter.

As a result, The Gospel According to the Apostles sadly does not stand well on its own; instead, it is in many ways dependent upon The Gospel According to Jesus, So Great Salvation (Ryrie's response), and Absolutely Free (Hodges' response). What's missing here is a book consonant with the original vision of The Gospel According to Jesus: A detailed, exhaustive Bible study of the apostles' handling of the gospel. The relevant sections in each chapter whet the reader's appetite for more, but are not enough in and of themselves.

This book, then, is not the clearest (much less the final) word that MacArthur would make on the "lordship salvation" controversy. (Even 2003's Hard to Believe returns to this issue.) If you can read only one book on this topic, pick up the 1994 revised and expanded version of The Gospel According to Jesus. It offers MacArthur's most clear, compelling, and complete coverage of this important issue. I am glad that MacArthur really did clarify some things in The Gospel According to the Apostles; I just wish for an approach more in line with the book's predecessor.
THE BEST!  Nov 28, 2005
As with Dr. Macarthur's books, The Truth War, Fools Gold, Think Biblically, "Hard to Believe", "Charismatic Chaos" and "Twelve Ordinary Men", etc., this is EXCELLENT! All of Dr. John Macarthur's works are packed with life changing Biblical TRUTHS, wisdom and sound doctrine.
The Gospel According to Jesus Continued  Mar 25, 2005
I truly enjoyed reading and studying John MacArthur's now classic work THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS. The book came to me at a time when I was studying the Bible with some Bible college students who held to a radical non-Lordship view of salvation (see Zane Hodges' ABSOLUTELY FREE!). Dr. MacArthur helped me to firmly grasp what the Bible teaches about the Lordship of Jesus over my entire life.

This book, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE APOSTLES, is a follow up to THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS. In this book, Dr. MacArthur looks at the Lordship issue from the epistles. Did the Apostles embrace Lordship? Did the Apostles expect the entire Church to submit to the Lordship of Christ? This book examines this issue.

Dr. MacArthur also examines arguments against the Lordship issue in more detail and includes historical sermons and statements from the pages of Church History concerning the Lordship issue.

A great book and a must read for anyone interested in the Lordship issue or you simply want to grow closer to Jesus.

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