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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2005
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Full Service: Moving From Self-Serve Christianity to Total ServanthoodSiang-Yang TanBaker Books / 2006 / Trade Paperback$18.00
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.
John MacArthur has served as the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since 1969. His ministry of expository preaching is unparalleled in its breadth and influence. In more than four decades of ministry from the same pulpit, he has preached verse by verse through the entire New Testament (and several key sections of the Old Testament). He is president of the Masters University and Seminary and can be heard daily on the Grace to You radio broadcast (carried on hundreds of radio stations worldwide). He has authored a number of bestselling books, including Twelve Ordinary Men, and One Perfect Life.
For more details about John MacArthur and his Bible-teaching resources, contact Grace to You at 800-55-GRACE or gty.org.
Steelfaith5 Stars Out Of 5Wake Up CallJuly 12, 2017SteelfaithQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love Dr.John MacArthur and own over 30 of his books. He's always a defender of Biblical truth and never pulls any punches. In this book, it's as if he lost patience with the proliferation of the easy-believism mentality and false gospels and just wants to shove the hard truth in people's minds. I love it but I can understand how it may be a bit much for some newer readers.
The hard truth is though, that the Gospel isn't an easy truth to accept. It's far from free because it'll cost people everything they have and everything they are.
I am a former "gay man" who engaged in homosexuality and believed Satan's lies about being born that way. When Jesus saved me, His Holy Spirit started clearing out the temple of my body and the sanctification process is still ongoing. I had to give up everything I was to become everything I am today and His work in my life is far from finished.
That's the hard truth of the Gospel but it's worth it. He's worth it.
Dr.John MacArthur knows it, too. That's why he doesn't pull any punches with this book.
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.