- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Crossway; 3 edition (January 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433509296
- ISBN-13: 978-1433509292
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 95 customer reviews
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About the Author
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He is known around the world for his verse-by-verse expository preaching and his pulpit ministry via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of the Master’s University and Seminary. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.
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The contemporary Christian church, MacArthur rightly explains, has become heavily influenced by a market-driven philosophy in its drive to increase attendance. MacArthur urges Christian churches everywhere to return to preaching the Bible and stop relying on gimmicks such as comedic sketches and slapstick.
There are some discussions about Spurgeon, some in detail, but it was not excessive. I think history can be a good teacher. Our times are not so different from 100 years ago.
The author is the pastor of a large church, but don't let that be a determining factor (Scripture should be). He points out what many successful large churches have at their core -- striving after God's will and not man's will. Unfortunately, too many churches try to find the little "tricks" that large churches use to get people in the doors. They forget that there are no tricks, just follow God and He will bless as HE desires -- the church may or may not grow in numbers (width) but certainly will grow in Him (depth).
If you, like I, have been at a church that puts numerical growth before spiritual growth, you probably have some idea of how cancerous it can be. Pray that our churches shun that and follow God. This book is a good start.