Hard to Believe: The High Cost and Infinite Value of Following Jesus  -     By: John MacArthur
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Hard to Believe: The High Cost and Infinite Value of Following Jesus

Thomas Nelson / 2005 / Paperback

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Contrary to popular opinion, Jesus wasn't just a gentle teacher who walked the earth offering forgiveness and nuggets of wisdom. He also spoke challenging, demanding words about what true servanthood requires. Here MacArthur reveals the "unvarnished truth" about discipleship, spelling out what God ultimately expects of those who follow him. 240 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.37 X 5.43 (inches)
ISBN: 0785287981
ISBN-13: 9780785287988
UPC: 020049075586
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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.

Author Bio

John MacArthur is 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. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.

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  1. tootsdad
    Rocklin, Calif.
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book totally confirmed God's truth.
    March 30, 2013
    tootsdad
    Rocklin, Calif.
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Anyone who supposes being a Christian in an easy fix for salvation will get a wake-up call reading this book. When we consider everything our God is offering us when we believe in His son, the operative word is 'believe'.

    Doctor MacArthur points out that this word is more complex than just saying; "I believe" and not considering what it is that believing really means and what is required of us.

    Consider the rich young ruler who wanted to know what he needed to do to have eternal life and the decision he ultimately made.
  2. Muffin
    Rifle, Co
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read
    October 10, 2012
    Muffin
    Rifle, Co
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Really gives you food for thought that following our Lord Jesus Christ is not just saying a few words but a lifestyle change and heart committment.
  3. David Gough
    Alexandria, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Declaring the Gospel-in-full!
    September 5, 2012
    David Gough
    Alexandria, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    It is an insult to God to water down the Gospel. He who surrendered the life of His Son in order to fully reveal His mercy and grace to sinful man deserves to have His Gospel proclaimed "in full." John MacArthur writes to a culture that tends to reduce the narrow message of salvation to one of inclusivism or "anything goes." If, as an earlier reviewer puts it, the author is "in your face," it is because "the high cost and infinite value of following Jesus" has been replaced in the contemporary church by marketing ploys that attempt to make Jesus more appealing to the masses. Such strategies have forgotten that the way is narrow that leads to eternal life. Although salvation is a free gift to those who receive it, it came at an infinitely high price to God, who demands that we too "count the cost." Years ago, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote condemningly of the "cheap grace" that many professing Christians prefer. In truth, what really counts really costs, and we must never forget how much it cost Jesus. What's more, we must give heed to His call to die to ourselves daily if we are to be His followers! MacArthur warns us that anything less than the denial of self, the recognition that our sin was paid for at the cross, and the appropriation of the righteousness of Christ as our own falls short of the true Gospel. The message proclaimed by Jesus and expounded by the New Testament writers is an exclusive one. MacArthur forces the reader to take a long hard look at oneself in light of the Word of God to make certain that he is indeed in the faith. For one believing that "all roads lead to heaven" or that the clear message of the Scriptures can be tweaked to one's preference, the author points to the cross and the open tomb and all they mean. As the title of the book suggests, the Gospel is "hard to believe." But it is essential that its content be clearly presented and responded to in faith in anyone is to be saved.
  4. Sabrina Quagliata
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    For those who long for truth.
    September 8, 2011
    Sabrina Quagliata
    NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    A must read! John MacArthur has been used by the Lord in this book to speak truth boldly. Thank you Brother MacArthur for truth and boldness.
  5. jechamp
    Doha, Qatar
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    Too Hard Core for ME
    September 8, 2011
    jechamp
    Doha, Qatar
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    I do not like this writer's style at all. This book has many Biblical truths in it and I wanted to like this writer but I felt like he was 'in my face' the entire time. If I was not a born again Christian already, it would have totally turned me away from Christianity. I will never read or buy another one of his books.
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