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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Pastor-teacher John MacArthur helps readers understand Jesus parables and how they relate to the whole of His message.
Jesus was a master storyteller, and the parables He told were ingeniously simple word pictures with profound spiritual lessons. Understanding the parables is a crucial matter for followers of Jesus. Jesus told parables so His people might comprehend His message about the kingdom of God clearly.
Master expositor and Bible commentator John MacArthur has spent a lifetime explaining the Word of God in clear and comprehensible terms. In Parables he helps Christians understand the essential lessons contained in the most famous and influential short stories the world has ever known.
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Masters University and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. Grace to You radio, video, audio, print, and website resources reach millions worldwide each day. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including the MacArthur New Testament Commentary series, The Gospel According to Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, Twelve Extraordinary Women, Slave, and The MacArthur Study Bible. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.
ChrisSingaporeAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Good book on the teaching on parablesSeptember 12, 2016ChrisSingaporeAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The teachings of Jesus that people remember most often are either the sermon on the mount or the parables that he has taught. Parables leaves a lasting impressions on those who listens to them, especially when they are used to shock the listeners.
In this book, John Macarthur wants to help christians understand the parables of Jesus correctly. He starts the book by explaining why Jesus teaches using the parable. He debunks some of the wrong teachings that other have proposed and he brings readers to consider what the bible have to say about why Jesus taught using parables.
Having done that, Macarthur then moves on to explain 10 parables to the readers. Macarthur is careful to interpret the understanding of the parable within the context of the passage. This is one clear strength of the book. Macarthur leads readers not just to the parable itself, but also to the parables that precede and proceed from the parable. Because Macarthur tries to be faithful to the understand the parable from the text, the meaning of the parable flows naturally. It does not sounds weird or abrupt when linked with the passages that comes before or after it.
One clear strength of the book is how Macarthur is able to explain the parables in a way that is easily understandable. He does not use any technical terms and ensures that his explanation actually helps readers gain a clearer understanding. Readers will be able to learn much from Macarthur and will find this book helpful in understanding parables.
Rating: 4 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Finding truth in the story of the parablesJanuary 25, 2016BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm honestly not sure what I expected when I received this book. I knew that it would be biblical and sound, but I think I was concerned that I would not be able to follow the concepts of what MacArthur was saying. I've heard his sermons and even had the opportunity to hear him in person, he was always clear - so I don't know why I was so intimidated.
Once I began the book, I was instantly excited and drawn in! Reading through this particular text felt as if I had a personal bible study class every time I sat down with the book. It was a sweet look into the texts, these parables that Jesus used to explain the kingdom of God and to prod believers that were longing to be led by a shepherd.
At the start of the book, MacArthur explains how the use of parables and the understanding of why they were used have been grossly "misunderstood and misrepresented." I appreciated his clear explanation that Jesus spoke in parables and told stories to explain truths more readily to the masses - but it is also very true that those that were opposed to Christ and His gospel would not be able to hear beyond the basis of the story. In fact, for those that are hardened, "the symbolism hides the truth from anyone within the discipline or the desire to seek out Christ's meaning." He then uses the next chapter to outline the circumstances that led to Jesus' use of parables.
Of course, the meat of the book for me was the way he clearly explained the parables in great detail. MacArthur took each following chapter to outline what was happening and even defined the greek words that were utilized in the passage to underscore his explanations.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and will likely reread it in the future. Many of the parables are familiar to me and yet, I was struck again by the simplicity of the meaning of each parable. Even more than that, the truth of our need for Christ and His amazing grace shone through as I read this book. I would definitely recommend it!
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful study of the parables of JesusJanuary 2, 2016JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Would it shock you to learn that Jesus used parables to hide the truths he spoke from those who were willfully unbelieving? In Parables, John MacArthur explains why this is one of the major reasons Jesus used this form of teaching in public, and later explained the meaning to those who sought the truth.
I cant say anything less about this book than wonderful. From beginning to end, the information given is on point. Footnotes and citations, along with Biblical references are littered throughout.
Each chapter deals with parables of a certain theme. MacArthur not only explains the theme and each parable, but he gives explanations of the historical and cultural context at the time the parables were given by Jesus. He then explains how we, as modern day believers, are to understand the parable which is exactly the way the people of Jesus time were meant to understand it.
I encourage you not to skip the introduction or the appendix. The introduction gives vital insight into the history of what led Jesus to begin using parables. The appendix is a great summarization of what the parables are, and what they are not.
I received a free copy of this book from BookLook for review purposes.
Literarycat3 Stars Out Of 5Very informativeNovember 6, 2015LiterarycatQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4John MacArthur uses historical and cultural facts to provide the readers with ways to interpret the parables of Jesus properly. He pulls in other scripture to show these parables run deeper than originally thought. I enjoyed it completely although there were time it felt like information overload. But it is great to study along with your Bible.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5How the parables tie into Jesus' whole messageNovember 6, 2015Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Parables" is a spiritual growth book. The author explained why Jesus used parables and how the parables tie into Jesus' whole message. The focus wasn't on the parables so much as on themes in Jesus' teachings that are also illustrated in his parables.
The author began with what Jesus said about why he used parables. Then he looked at nine themes in Jesus' teachings along with some parables that further illustrated these teachings. For example, the chapter on God's justice and grace looked at the parable where laborers who worked different lengths of time all got the same pay.
The parables that the author included in this book are: the sower and four types of soil (Luke 8:5-8), treasure hidden in a field (Matt. 13:44), a pearl of great price (Matt. 13:45-46), laborers paid the same (Matt. 20:1-15), the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-31), two men pray in the temple (Luke 18:9-14), the good and bad servant (Matt. 24:45-51), 10 bridesmaids (Matt. 25:1-13), the talents (Matt. 25:14-30), the shrewd but unfaithful steward (Luke 16:1-8), Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31), and the widow and the unjust judge (Luke 17:22).
It was easy to understand the author's points and follow his reasoning. Overall, I'd recommend this book to those who want to better understand Jesus' teachings.
I received a review copy of this book through BookLook.
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