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John MacArthur has served as the pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since 1969. Known for his verse-by-verse expository preaching, MacArthur’s pulpit ministry has extended around the world via his daily radio program, Grace to You, and nearly four hundred books and study guides. He also serves as the president of The Master’s College and Seminary, a four-year liberal arts Christian college. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.

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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080070777X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800707774
  • ASIN: B0006CJZZS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,051,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Widely known for his thorough, candid approach to teaching God's Word, John MacArthur is a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969. John and his wife, Patricia, have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren.
John's pulpit ministry has been extended around the globe through his media ministry, Grace to You, and its satellite offices in seven countries. In addition to producing daily radio programs for nearly 2,000 English and Spanish radio outlets worldwide, Grace to You distributes books, software, audiotapes, and CDs by John MacArthur.
John is president of The Master's College and Seminary and has written hundreds of books and study guides, each one biblical and practical. Best-selling titles include The Gospel According to Jesus, Truth War, The Murder of Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, Twelve Extraordinary Women, and The MacArthur Study Bible, a 1998 ECPA Gold Medallion recipient.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chip Webb on May 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
John MacArthur does one thing best: in-depth, expositional Bible teaching. This book puts his primary strength on display for all to see.
This book is generally intended for new believers, but long-time Christians will reap much benefit as well. MacArthur covers most of the major elements of the Christian life in rich depth. Best of all, after an introductory chapter on Scripture, he starts out with two chapters on glorifying God. This focus keeps the book from solely focusing on the spiritual disciplines.
Granted, MacArthur's expositional skills do present a drawback. MacArthur so thickly packs his teaching with Scripture verses that he seems uncomfortable if he doesn't give you every last Scripture he can find to back up his point. Sometimes it seems like his teaching would be more powerful with a few less verses to back up each point.
There are some other weak points. After Chapter 3, chapters are presented in an order seemingly without rhyme or reason; the book doesn't build in its approach to its subject matter, but merely shifts from topic to topic. It's also a bit strange that the book contains chapters on hope and love but lacks one on faith. The chapter on fellowship does not deliver what it seems to promise; instead of focusing on the role of the church in the believer's life, MacArthur develops his theme around salvation and how to become a member of Christ's body. (It's still a good chapter -- just misnamed. It would probably best fit early in the book.)
But these are minor quarrels for a book that kept me occupied in Scripture readings for roughly six months! The Keys to Spiritual Growth is not one of MacArthur's better-known books, but it's an excellent one nonetheless.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BigHat57 on May 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Over the years I have read several of MacArthur's books, referenced his Bible commentary, listened to his CDs and seen him on video; and have come to trust his knowlege and judgment on Biblical subjects. He has written an excellent book here on the essentials of Christian spiritual growth.

This book is only 178 pages, but touches on all aspects of the Christian life: consistent Bible reading, frequent prayer, frequent confession and repentence of sin, service to others, fruit of the spirit, witnessing, fellowship with believers, hope and assurance, faith, etc. All these behaviors we understand in the Biblical term sanctification, and MacArthur uses an abundent use of scripture to illustrate what is underway in our lives as new creatures in Christ. While our salvation is entirely a gift of God's grace,we are made to understand that we can, and should, participate in our sanctification.

This book is solid on the fundamentals of an authentic Christian life. At the core of this life is the Holy Spirit living in us and through us. Over time this Spirit conforms us into the image of Jesus. This book is a real practical guide with info you can immediately apply to your life no matter where you are in your walk with Christ.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kerry195 on April 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
This small, but very valuable book is a goldmine. If no other book, I believe this one would make an excellent book for discipleship/new member classes at a church. It's very concise (178 pgs) and each chapter can be read in a day (13 chapters) or over the course of a week, giving the reader time to mediate on and put into practice what's read in the book. This is one you'll want to lend out to your friends whose spiritual growth you care about.... so buy two copies!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seth McBee on April 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
I would definitely urge those who are new in the faith to pick up this book as it will guide you into a right understanding of what faith that isn't dead is really about. As the others pointed out good for discipling and great teaching from one the country's great expositors of Scripture.

Good insight and has some good reminders for those who are more mature in their faith.

MacArthur, as usual, draws most of his conclusions straight from the word of God so not to get off track.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roman's Road on April 6, 2013
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I use John MacArthur's books and study guides regularly as study tools. He is accurate and clear. He doesn't deviate from God's Word.
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