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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2003
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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.
tootsdadRocklin, Calif.Age: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5This book totally confirmed God's truth.March 30, 2013tootsdadRocklin, Calif.Age: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Anyone 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.
MuffinRifle, CoAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great ReadOctober 10, 2012MuffinRifle, CoAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Really 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.
David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Declaring the Gospel-in-full!September 5, 2012David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4It 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.
Sabrina QuagliataNYAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5For those who long for truth.September 8, 2011Sabrina QuagliataNYAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A 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.
jechampDoha, QatarAge: 55-65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Too Hard Core for MESeptember 8, 2011jechampDoha, QatarAge: 55-65Gender: femaleI 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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