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The Gospel According to Jesus: What Is Authentic Faith? | [John F. MacArthur]

The Gospel According to Jesus: What Is Authentic Faith?

What does Jesus mean when he says, "Follow me"? Twenty years ago, pastor-teacher and best-selling author John MacArthur tackled that seemingly simple question and wrote a book that has since taken its place among Christianity's classics. This 20th anniversary edition of MacArthurs provocative book has been revised and contains one new chapter.
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What does Jesus mean when he says, "Follow me"?

Twenty years ago, pastor-teacher and best-selling author John MacArthur tackled that seemingly simple question and wrote a book that has since taken its place among Christianity's classics. This 20th anniversary edition of MacArthurs provocative book has been revised and contains one new chapter.

©2008 John F. MacArthur Jr.; (P)2009 Zondervan

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    John Norristown, PA, United States 12-03-10
    John Norristown, PA, United States 12-03-10
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    "This message needs to be heard"

    Before listening to this book I was approached by someone I respect in the faith who "feared" I might be in the Lordship salvation camp. At the time, I had no idea what he meant. That night I started to do some research on both sides of the argument. Most of the more modern writings on the Lordship Salvation argument mentioned this book, so I started listening to it. This book is accurate and gives detailed explanation and expository teaching based on the gospels. What I really liked about this book is that the author not only provided his own view, but he also repeatedly throughout the entire book, quoted opinions and strong arguments from the other side. He then of course explained in his words why he didn't think those views were valid. This is definitely worth a listen. Although now that I have heard it, it is one of those books that I think I might want to own a physical copy so I can easily recall certain pages or arguments.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Alan WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 12-12-11
    Alan WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "John MacArthur at his best"

    I would have to call this a must read for all Christians! It really opens your eyes to ideas and a view of scripture that is not mentioned from many pulpits. Well worth your time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Show Low, AZ, United States 11-15-10
    Randy Show Low, AZ, United States 11-15-10
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    "Everything I expected"

    Listening to this book made the time fly by - I just kept talking back to it. "Thank you", "Yes!", and, "So, THAT's what that means!" were heard from me throughout my listening. I found myself wanting to go to my Bible to highlight a passage and make notes, so beware if you're listening in the car!

    The only thing that could have made this better is if John MacArthur had taken the time to record the reading himself. The reader at times had difficulty expressing the author's intent and enthusiasm, and even mispronounced a couple of words, but it did not detract enough from the presentation for me to reduce a star.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lesha Aurora, CO, United States 11-26-10
    Lesha Aurora, CO, United States 11-26-10
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    "Reveals The Teaching of Jesus on Conversion"

    This audiobook is focusing on the matter of the Lordship of Christ being preeminent when one seeks salvation. Rev. MacArthur points out that one cannot get saved and make Jesus Lord later, He is Lord over one's life when one comes for salvation, or it is an indication that one is not turning one's life over to Him. Such a position would mean that one is not then translated out of the Kingdom of Darkness and into the Kingdom of Christ as one would be coming with reservations and not really to repent and convert. Instead, one would be seeking something with an ulterior motive, a somewhat deceptive action of seeking something without a change, without being convinced that Christ is the Way, the Truth and The Life, but just a way to avoid judgment and punishment for sin. He points out that Jesus requires that one be translated out of the Kingdom of Darkness and into His Kingdom, or one is not save.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne New Bern, NC, United States 10-30-12
    Dianne New Bern, NC, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Contents based on the words and actions of Jesus."
    Would you listen to The Gospel According to Jesus again? Why?

    Yes- to reinforce learned truths


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gospel According to Jesus?

    Realizing that Judas had a relationship with Jesus(3 years) but not a commitment or belief that Jesus was indeed the very Son of God.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jesus explaining His teaching to his disciples.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    MacArthur deepen my faith and enlightened my knowledge of witnessing---not based on church words but on the words of Jesus Himself.


    Any additional comments?

    No teaching available like the Bible itself and MacArthur relays that in every sentence.

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    david WEST COLLEGE CORNER, IN, United States 09-19-12
    david WEST COLLEGE CORNER, IN, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2012

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    Where does The Gospel According to Jesus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jesus


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Chapter one


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Listened all at once and then went back


    Any additional comments?

    Bought an addition book after listening

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    "'Lordship Salvation' vs. 'Only-Believism'"

    MacArthur does an excellent job in this book of showing how the gospel as preached in the New Testament calls us to repentance and faith in Christ. 'Free Grace' critics who have said that Macarthur's notion of 'Lordship Salvation' smuggles in the concept of works, and thereby pollutes salvation by pure grace, miss the point that repentance and faith are both gifts from God, and are all of His grace from beginning to end. They also overlook the fact that both Jesus and the apostles taught that authentic faith is always evidenced by a changed life, as MacArthur also shows here.



    The author also takes us on a tour of church history, and from the patristic era and early church fathers, through to the Reformers and the Puritans, shows how there is nothing new about so-called 'Lordship Salvation'. It is simply what faithful followers of Christ have always proclaimed as the gospel.



    In an age of increasingly 'easy-believism', I highly recommend this book.

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