John MacArthurThomas Nelson / 2006 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$5.005 out of 5 stars for Twelve Ordinary Men. View reviews of this product. 86 Reviews
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MikePasadena, MDAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Extraordinary OrdinaryOctober 6, 2015MikePasadena, MDAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an extraordinary book. I listened to Dr. MacArthur's radio series with the same title and I believe this is those sermons in book form. Although this book focuses on the disciples, I think it would be safe to say that all of the major characters in the Bible were ordinary men. This was certainly true of this ragtag group. Of course, the object of the book is to reveal what God can do not only with the disciples but with all of us ordinary men and women, too. Dr. MacArthur has done another outstanding job.
Howard WardPonchatoula, LAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5July 4, 2013Howard WardPonchatoula, LAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This well-written book lives up to it's title with as much background information as possible found in the bible. It lets us know that "ordinary" people have a chance to serve our Savior in a profound way just as the disciples did with their human frailties as long as we depend on our Savior and not ourselves.
Alan5 Stars Out Of 5An Insight into the ApostlesMarch 2, 2015AlanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5John uses insights gathered from both scripture and other historical documents to help us paint a picture of each of these rather ordinary men. We begin to see ourselves in each of these everyday men who Jesus chose to use in extraordinary ways. We have used the book for a small group, and everyone has said how they better comprehend those scriptures and it has given real life and personality to each of the disciples. The book makes you slow down and truly contemplate the time and events and how Jesus was able to capitalize on each of these mens strengths and weaknesses.
The book delivered far more than I had expected.
Rabbi GaryMount Vernon, VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Good stuff to knowApril 24, 2013Rabbi GaryMount Vernon, VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5So you think you know the disciples because you attended Sunday School as a kid? You'll probably be amazed by this book. MacArthur mostly refers to scripture (which is good). But he also adds findings from historical research that both add to the testimony of these historic 12 men, and add to our understanding of them.
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A wonderful meaty look our Lords Apostles.October 6, 2012Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We 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!!!
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