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JOHN MACARTHUR (B.A., Los Angeles Pacific College; M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary; Litt.D., Grace Graduate School; D.D., Talbot Theological Seminary) is Pastor and Teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California and the president of The Master's College and Seminary. An active conference speaker, Dr. MacArthur has been a featured teacher with the radio program Grace to You. He has written over 150 books, including a series of biblical commentaries, The Gospel According to Jesus, The Second Coming, Twelve Ordinary Men, and The MacArthur Study Bible. John and his wife, Patricia, live in Canyon Country, California and have four grown children and fifteen grandchildren.
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Product Details

  • Series: Foundations of the Faith
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802430546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802430540
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,498 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Chip Webb on May 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book has been around in one form or another since 1980, when it was known as Kingdom Living Here and Now (edited back then by Jerry Jenkins, later to become the co-author of the Left Behind series). It sold reasonably well for several years, and then was reissued under this title in 1998.
MacArthur's verse-by-verse teaching this time looks at the Beatitudes as commending fruits that are the evidence of a life truly transformed by God. He eschews modern-day liberal interpretations that apply the Beatitudes to oppressed peoples and argues that they instead apply to Christian believers. In this relatively early MacArthur teaching series (he preached this series sometime around 1979), you can see the germ of ideas that would later become central to his ministry (in particular, early inklings of the lordship salvation teaching that would make him a bestselling author with The Gospel According to Jesus).
If there's a major negative to The Beatitudes: The Only Way to Happiness, it's that MacArthur won't consider any application other than the spiritual. For example, is there any sense at all in which Jesus may be talking about physical (and not just spiritual) poverty, even given that it be among believers as opposed to the poor in general? MacArthur more or less ignores such issues. Another drawback is that the book lacks warmth even though it deals with subjects such as meekness, spiritual poverty, etc.
But this is a convicting, challenging book that should challenge any Christian in his or her spiritual life. MacArthur's discussion somewhere in the first few chapters about humility deeply impacted me. This is not his best book, but it's a good one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Brinkley on May 2, 2006
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People are very familiar with the Beatitudes, but very dull in their understanding of it. Christians, as well as others, can sometimes quote it but they have no true understanding of it. Whether it's Psalm 23, the "Lord's Prayer, or the Beatitudes people have "traditionally" been drawn to these passages of Holy Scripture yet many of their insights are surface level at best. MacArthur does a fine job in uncovering the true meaning of the Lord Jesus' teachings. The Beatitudes is not just a teaching on how a person is to live, it's not just a teaching on how to become a Christian, but it's also a teaching on how to be truly "blessed/joyful." Happiness is found in the center of God's will. Obedience to the Lord puts us underneath the facet of God's blessings. I would write more, but I don't want to give away the blessings of God's Word before you read it for yourself. Be blessed!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael R Schlaack on March 13, 2003
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John MacArthur's treatment of the beatitudes, and their application for an improved spiritual life, is a "must read" for all who profess the Christian faith. Mr. MacArthur pulls no punches in his interpretation, and strives to demonstrate the importance of Matthew 5:3-11 in our daily walk with Christ. As the title implies, this book helps to explain the way of real happiness that can only be gained when we study and apply the lessons Jesus is teaching on the mount. I highly recommend this book for everyone, from "Seeker" to "Senior Saint."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kees de Bruyn on December 5, 2012
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I have been deeply influenced by the writings of Pastor John MacArthur. When I read his books, the Spirit in my heart is constantly saying :"Yes!". When I search the Scriptures I find nothing but confirmation of his teachings. He does not show us the easy path, he does not teach us, what Bonhoeffer calls "cheap grace". In my opinion he shows us the path of true discipleship. I use his books in my teaching and in my preaching. May God bless you, Pastor!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy of Oz on December 19, 2006
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Wow! I have never heard anyone teach about the Beatitudes like John MacArthur has. Even though this book isn't very large, it took me a long time to read...not because it was boring, but because it explains the Beatitudes thoroughly. John MacArthur takes each part and breaks it down, tells history/context, and how to apply it to our own lives. A great book. Would make a great gift to someone who loves to study God's Word!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Edward Dalton on January 31, 2014
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Excellent book on the beatitudes............puts the reader into the setting where Jesus taught them.

another excellent work from Pastor/teacher John MacArthur
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