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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (July 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581340133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581340136
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John MacArthur is the pastor of Grace Community Church in California and president of The Master’s College and Seminary, as well as a best-selling author. He can be heard on the “Grace to You” radio program, which broadcasts daily around the world on nearly 2,000 stations in English and Spanish.


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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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I believe that every Christian should get a copy of this book.
John Wolf
Mac Arthur very clearly presents the need to be God focused in life and that secular psychology does not offer the all sufficient hope that we have have in Christ.
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This is one of many topics Pastor Macarthur, brilliantly, expounds in this great book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Supertim54@usa.net on May 22, 1999
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Part of renewing our minds (Romans 12:1,2) includes purging the world's way of thinking and philosophy from our lives and embracing a biblical world view. Our Sufficiency in Christ does an incredible job at identifying three dangerous worldly mentalities (psychology, pragmaticism, and philosophy) and exposing their anti-biblical content.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip S Roeda on January 31, 2004
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Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God, (2 Corinthians 3:5 RSV)
John MacArthur argues that many local churches and God's followers do not trust in the sufficiency in Christ. The minister believes in the authority of God's word; They believe in salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ and as a guide for righteous living. They lose patience in the word and start thinking something else is needed to bring others to Christ. Neither do they trust God's word in their daily lives: seeking other sources to help themselves and others when misfortune and difficulties come in their lives. Something other then God and His written word is sought. Christian ministers have sought the use of secular psychology to help their flock deal with the daily grind. Accepting "the notion scripture does not contain all we need in these complex and sophisticated modern times." pg. 117 It does not end here, but many local bodies seek resources though secular business, the government, politics and entertainment.

(.... traditional counseling from the bible is widely viewed as unsophisticated, naive, and even fatuous.") pg.30 In addition John MacArthur asks the question: "Does God need a psychiatrist"? pg. 55 He replies with a strong no. Psychiatry is part of the world's philosophy and not of God. He further argues that `Christian psychology' is little more then using bits of scripture in secular psychology.

Him we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Moore on February 7, 1999
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John MacArthur once again illustrates for us why he is one of the best bible teachers in Christendom today. This book gets to the core of the false teachings out their and gives a strong case why so many Christians go seeking for something extra when Christ has made them complete already. Buy it you wont be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
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I have been studying the psychology of religion and a webpage in my search referred me to this book. My pastor had it in his collection, so I borrowed it and it is great! I started to read it over as soon as I was finished. I am here looking for more books by Mr. MacArthur. Thanks
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Duhrev on November 22, 2007
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What the fictitious Screwtape feared the most was `mere Christianity.' To it he wanted to contaminate with his concoction of `Christianity And.' As long as believers are convinced that `The Same Old Thing' was insufficient for true satisfaction, they would look for supplementary idols to fill their vacuum that only Christ can legitimately fill. And so the search is on. Instead of looking where the answers lie, Christians choose to look elsewhere for alternatives. But the alternates, by their very nature, are inadequate substitutes. MacArthur's thesis is that by denying the absolute sufficiency in all things spiritual that we have in Christ, we have embraced misleading, unsatisfactory, counterfeit and ultimately spiritually harmful surrogates. (pp. 15ff)
We have embraced the modern promotion of psychology, even in its evil step-daughter Christian psychology. We have sought after `how-to' philosophies of pragmatism; mysticism's Deeper Life and Charismatic offshoots; materialistic hedonism's siren of "have the best of both worlds"; legalism's do-it-yourself sanctification; asceticism's deny-every-creature-comfort to become spiritual; Quietism's passivity; Pietism's strenuous activity among other feeble attempts to add to our salvation that which only Jesus can provide. In contrast, MacArthur reminds us of the beautiful balance (Phil 2:12,13) we have in the Divine/Human cooperative of His sovereignty and our responsibility in the area of our progressive sanctification.
MacArthur's position is that Christ's power and person has provided perfect sufficiency for everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3; Col 2:8,9). In addition, His Scripture is totally sufficient to equip us thoroughly in the areas secular and Christian psychologies have attempted to usurp (2 Tim 3:16,17). Good Book, Thomas Hamilton
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chip Webb on May 1, 2008
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John MacArthur's Our Sufficiency in Christ (1991) is, in many ways, a difficult book to review. It puts on display many of the gifted pastor/Bible expositor's commendable strengths -- but, unfortunately, also his worst weaknesses. The best parts of this book are very strong and convicting, indeed. The worst portions, however, are impossible to ignore, and work to the detriment of the book's message.

In this first major release after 1988's The Gospel According to Jesus made him a best-selling author, MacArthur expresses his concern that the evangelical church is losing its confidence in the sufficiency of Christ to meet the believer's needs. He identifies and critiques six factors that he believes are responsible for this decline: psychology, pragmatism, philosophy, legalism, mysticism, and asceticism. MacArthur's attacks on these elements, which he labels as components of an overarching "neo-Gnosticism," are mixed with defenses of the sufficiency of Scripture. This middle section of the book is preceded by a study on the Christian's inheritance in Christ and followed by chapters on sanctification, spiritual warfare, and grace.

Those two framing sections, as well as the chapters on Scripture in the middle section, are fine and edifying reading. MacArthur is always at his best when he tackles biblical themes; even if you disagree with him on certain theological points, as I many times do, you can appreciate his clearly heartfelt desire to stay faithful to Scripture and the labor he puts into his biblical studies. Chapter 2, on the Christian's inheritance in Christ, is a wonderful study that should encourage many. Chapter 4, on Scripture's sufficiency, is one of the better short treatments of the topic that I've read.
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