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The first edition of The Gospel According to Jesus won wide acclaim in confronting the “easy-believism” that has characterized some aspects of evangelical Christianity. Over the past 50 years, a handful of books have become true classics, revered world-wide for their crystal-clear presentation of the Gospel and lauded for their contribution to the Christian faith. These extraordinary books are read, re-read, and discussed in churches, Bible study groups, and homes everywhere. John MacArthur’s The Gospel According to Jesus is one of those books. In The Gospel According to Jesus, MacArthur tackles the idea of “easy believism,” challenging Christians to re-evaluate their commitment to Christ by examining their fruits. MacArthur asks, “What does it really mean to be saved?” He urges readers to understand that their conversion was more than a mere point in time, that, by definition, it includes a lifetime of obediently walking with Jesus as Lord. This 20th anniversary edition of MacArthur’s provocative, Scripture-based book contains one new chapter and is further revised to provide Christians in the 21st century a fresh perspective on the intrinsic relationship between faith and works, clearly revealing Why Jesus is both Savior and Lord to all who believe. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Rev Anv Ex edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310287294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310287292
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,488 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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203 of 215 people found the following review helpful By J. F Foster on December 10, 2001
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In my opinion, John MacArthur has hit a homerun with this book. If it were up to me, this book would be required reading for every pastor in America, but particularly pastors of megachurches, since an increasing number of megachurches are slipping into the easy believism that MacArthur successfully refutes here.
In a nutshell, MacArthur attempts to take on the concept that people can make allegedly sincere professions of faith in Christ and then be considered a Christian with certain eternal security even if their life bears no good fruit after their supposed conversion. This is an important question, both from a theological standpoint as well as from a Christian living perspective. An increasing number of churches, particularly a number of megachurches, have appeared to shy away from topics that remind people of the reality of sin, the need for repentance and forgiveness, and the important desire of being obedient to God and His Word because such sentiments are increasingly unpopular within the realm of comfortable Christianity. MacArthur argues that good works are not a precondition of salvation, thus affirming the historic Protestant position of salvation by faith alone in Jesus Christ and relying on His grace. But having affirmed this position, MacArthur then goes into fabulous Biblical detail concerning the FRUITS by which genuine salvation can be measured. Critics of MacArthur's book have argued that MacArthur is preaching a works based salvation, but I think it's clear that MacArthur is not doing that.
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116 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Simple Mann on December 9, 2007
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I just finished reading The Gospel According to Jesus, and it was absolutely wonderful. I remember reading through the gospels about 8 years ago when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I had just started attending a seeker sensitive church, and we had a great pastor. But I remember even then, as I read through the gospels and studied the words of the Savior thinking that there was a lot more to accepting Jesus than just praying a silent prayer to yourself at the end of the service. It required a change of lifestyle, a change of heart, a change of attitude, and an understanding of my own sin and depravity. In short, it was not an "easy" thing to accept. And life has borne out that following Him is not always "easy", not always "fun", and the trials that come to test your faith can often be excruciatingly painful. That said, I *have* trusted Him, have kept the faith, and continue to remain in His grace and to seek His strength and direction for my life. I share with Dr. MacArthur a deep appreciation for the true gospel, and a desire to share it with others. I think there are way too many people out there who accept something that is a poor substitute for the gospel Jesus came to give us, and I fear there are a great many people who have been lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to eternal salvation. This is one of the reasons I have such a problem with the likes of Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, and others who pervert and distort the real message of our Lord.

As good as this book is, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are even better. If you really want to know the gospel of Jesus, go there first and let Him speak to you personally.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Kollek on February 1, 2008
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I enjoyed reading "The Gospel According to Jesus". MacArthur does a good job laying out the truth of the gospel. The appendix, the gospel according to the apostles, is a bonus. I did find myself wishing MacArthur would have phrased certain statements better, but overall a work that needs to be read.

The bottom line and main point of the book is that you must receive Jesus Christ as everything or you do not receive him at all. You can't pick and choose which or what parts of Jesus you want. Its all or nothing. It's a hard read for those who want a Savior but not a Lord.
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Victor Vivio on April 5, 2008
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I am amazed at how people argue against this, so called, "Lordship Salvation" topic. Whether one reads the book or not, Jesus Christ was perfectly clear that He is Lord over those who believe in Him. The fruit of salvation *MUST* be expressed in a Christians life to reveal the truth of conversion. Many people state that they are Christians, but show forth NO expression of that truth in their lives. It's simple ~ Jesus demands obedience! The Bible shows forth this truth time and time again...


"Then his (Jesus) mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. And he was told, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you. "But he answered them, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and DO IT." Luke 8:19-21

I recommend this book to all Christians. I believe MacArthur does an excellent job in defending the truth of Jesus' Gospel. If you are not a fan of John MacArthur, or you don't believe in the sovereignty of God; please do NOT let that stop you from reading this book. The truth contained in its pages alone is worth the read. :)
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