Item description for Hard to Believe: The High Cost and Infinite Value of Following Jesus by John MacArthur...
Overview Going beyond Jesus' life to include the crucifixion and resurrection, MacArthur shows readers that Jesus modeled the commitment and loving obedience he requires of Christians by making the ultimate sacrifice for humankind.
Jesus Christ did not die on the cross so you and I could have a nice day.
Ministers and teachers who water down the gospel of Christ in order to make it more popular and appealing may be leading their fun-loving audiences down the road to eternal punishment.
This book is John MacArthur's unflinching, unapologetic treatise on the modern tendency to alter the true message of Christianity in order to meet the whims and desires of a culture hoping for nonconfrontational messages, easy answers, and superficial commitments.
Too many people just want a Madison Avenue Jesus to make them well, make them happy, and make them prosperous. But Jesus Christ isn't a personal genie. He is the Savior. He died in agony to satisfy the wrath of a holy God and to forgive the sins of humankind. Faith in Him demands a willingness to make any sacrifice He asks. The hard truth about Christianity is that the cost is high, but the rewards are priceless: abundant and eternal life that comes only from faithfully follwing Christ.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jan 8, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785287981 ISBN13 9780785287988 UPC 020049075586
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More About John MacArthur
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. NATHAN BUSENITZ, (M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D., The Master's Seminary) is the Dean of Faculty and Assistant Professor of Theology at The Master's Seminary. He holds a doctorate in church history, with a specific focus on patristic theology. He has served as a full-time member of the pastoral staff at Grace Community Church, director of the Shepherd's Fellowship, managing editor of Pulpit magazine, and as the personal assistant to John MacArthur.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Hard To Believe?
The hard truth Feb 13, 2007
Wonderful book...we are called to stand firm in a God-centered faith in the midst of a self-centered world.
Should have been titled "HARD TO READ" Jan 17, 2007
The first 75% of this book is so difficult to read that I'm certain the publisher asked the author to pick up the pace for the last few chapters in order to give readers something tangible. I found the first few chapters to introduce the theme that MacArthur considers most Christians to be unsaved and on their way to hell. He then spends most of the book trying to explain why that is the case. In the end, he "makes nice" and ends the book on some positive notes. I found myself wondering why MacArthur believes he is so holy and righteous, while so many other "Christians" are vile sinners, doomed to hell. Yes, I agree with most of his premises, but I found his litmus test for "true believer/false believer" to be offensive. Why is it any of our concern who is a true believer or not? That is between each person and God. We are called to preach the gospel, not to judge people by their WORKS, to determine if they are righteous enough to be called true believers. MacArthur is contradictory in this book about salvation. On the one hand, he believes the Holy Spirit leads people toward salvation, opening their hearts to the gospel message. And yet, he believes that only a few are truly saved and for some reason, he spends a LOT of time describing false believers...as if we are to identify them. To what end? To weed them out of the church? I would not recommend this book for a young Christian with a mild exposure to scripture, or you will become very discouraged.
A must buy Jan 4, 2007
A Superb book. John Macarthur really shatters the notion that Christianity is easy. Backed up with plenty of scripture and personal accounts. Buy and read this book!
Great Expository Presentation Oct 29, 2006
We may not all agree with Dr. MacArthurs dogmatic presentation of the gospel. But we must all agree that he is a blessing to the body of Christ.
"Hard to Believe" is a great witness to the pure presentation of the gospel. MacArthur has done a fantastic job!
A SLAP TO THE FACE OF THE WISHY WASHY GOSPEL Jul 10, 2006
Today the church is plagued with wishy wasy form of a prosperity gospel that is so sanitized it no longer resembles anything found in Scripture.
With this understand Dr. MacArthur, as always, confronts this issue head on by giving a sound, loving, but bold and biblical explanaion of what it truly means to follow Christ.
If you or a loved one feel as if you are sitting in church questioning whatexactly it means to follow Christ, this book is for you!
A must read for every beleiver. It will srengthen your view of Christ's authority, and demolish this culturally induced ideal of what the gospel really is that we suffer from here in the U.S.A....in short...READ THIS!!