I like the way it has been present serving the purpose for which it was written. The fact as much as Jesus loved his 12 disciples so does he love us and he has also called us to continue the work which began years ago.
We read this fine meaty book with our KJV and NIV open our our laps, my Mother and I. It was a great way to meet the Apostles, in all their Humanness and yet touched by Gods hand and used to mightily to serve Him.
A lot of us never knew why each Gospel lists the Twelve men with slightly different names and this book was really helpful in understanding that some of the men had two different names, Like Matthew was also called Levi.
We had to make notes in our Bible as to who was who!!! The thing dearest to me about Dr. MacArthurs book is the Rich Tapestry of Scripture he weaves. He hunts throughout the whole Bible for every things that he needs to explain a difficult passage in context. For example, Why Did James and John want to Call down fire on the people in Luke 9 verse Fifty Four? When Dr. MacArthur points out that they were remembering how Elijah as recorded for us in Two Kings Chapter One, had called down fire upon the arrogant pagan army captain (who was coming to arrest him) and his men in the same area hundreds of years before and they wanted to do the same, then we understand.
I really love the way Dr. MacArthur does this, bringing Scripture from all the Bible together to illuminate the text he is working on. Dear Peter, the brash, bold young man who chopped an ear off the man who was going to arrest and hurt his Lord. This same Peter would write the wonderful letters of One and Two Peter!!! And then, according to tradition, he would die by Crucifixion, crucified upside down because he was unworthy of His Lords Death. The Way that each mans story ended with his death was perfect- I always think that it is perfect when a Christians story ends in Death, because for Us that is the Step into Gods Presence. As Doctor MacArthur said, Thomas was speared to death in India. How Fitting was this Death for the Man who had not Believed His Lord was Risen until he Touched the Spear mark in JESUS side, and it was a Fitting death for a Man who longed to be back with His Lord again. This Book is going to my 16 year old cousin this Christmas, because I want Him to know that God uses young, Bold, Brave, Immature men. God wants those years of their life. Do not present the years of your youth to idleness or idols. Give them to God and He will use you now, and God will make you conformed into the Image of Christ. God Bless you!!!
We're using this book in conjunction with the companion workbook as a study guide for our Adult Bible Fellowship. The material Dr. MacArthur provides is very thorough and rock solid. Using the combination of books along with God's Word gives our ABF participants a chance to thoroughly prepare ahead of time and contribute to the class discussion from an informed perspective.