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The Gospel According to Jesus: What Is Authentic Faith?

The Gospel According to Jesus: What Is Authentic Faith? [Kindle Edition]

John F. MacArthur
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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.

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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 quarters in evangelical Christianity. This expanded edition deepens the debate over "lordship salvation" and the biblical understanding of faith and works in adding three new chapters and an appendix. The new chapters: - The Vine and the Branches - The Promise of Justification - Tetelestai! The Triumph is Complete -- The appendix contains answers to the most often asked questions on the subject of what Jesus really meant when he said "Follow me."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2465 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (26 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0016H97GO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book essentially contrasts two views of salvation and Christian living: Decisional Salvation and Lordship Salvation.

In Decisional Salvation, a person is considered saved at the moment they publically confess the belief
that Jesus died for their sins. The person does not have to do anything beyond this to be saved. The person's lifestyle beyong this is not considered critical. If the professing Christian brings forth little or no fruit, this is considered unimportant so long as they still believe in Jesus.

In Lordship Salvation, merely confessing Christ is Lord is not enough. The person has to walk their talk as well, as James 2:17 underlines. MacArthur uses James 2:19 to show that merely believing the correct things doesn't make a person saved, as even the devil believes the core truths of the gospel, but isn't saved! Furthermore, the Bible states even a professing Christian can still end up in Hell (Matthew 7:23), so merely believing Jesus is Lord and calling Him so isn't enough. These passages present what MacArthur concludes is a rebuttal of Decisional Salvation.

At this point MacArthur clarifies that he is NOT teaching works salvation, which would be heresy. He states that works do not save us. However, works ARE a good indicator of whether or not a person's profession of faith in Christ is genuine. MacArthur frequently distinguishes between mere professions of faith, where a person believes themself saved but isn't, and 'saving faith', which is the genuine article. Works are therefore visible evidence, the 'fruit' a genuinely saved person would bring forth (Galatians 5:22-23). MacArthur argues that if a person who calls themself a Christian but does not produce fruit, it is fair to assume they are not truly Christian. He invokes passages (e.g.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever written on saving faith 7 Jun 1998
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The Gospel According to Jesus is a must read for every Christian. John MacArthur, in his usual easy to read and clear way, hits the central tenet of Christianity, how does an individual inherit eternal life? Many folks, including pastors and other church leaders, believe surrendering to Jesus Christ as Lord is optional for saving faith. They claim all that is necessary is to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and if, later in your life you submit to His Lordship, so much the better. MacArthur, using the words of Christ Himself, shows there is no salvation without a willingness to follow Jesus as Lord. The message of this book is timeless, since it is supported with a plethora of scripture references. I heartily recommend the book to any Christian desiring to communicate the Gospel accurately. This book, along with a companion volume entitled Faith Works (The Gospel According to the Apostles), are indispensible tools in the Lord's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my ministry philosophy 27 Aug 1998
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This book changed my view of the gospel. I had been in youth ministry for 2 years when I first read "The Gospel According To Jesus". The result was that I saw a cogent defense of a Biblical, historic, doctrine of salvation for the first time. The contrast with the current "Easy-Believism" taught in churches, schools, and study Bibles was very refreshing. I poured over the Scriptures listed on every page - and fed them to the youth in our church. If you want to have a better ability to share the gospel with Biblical accuracy - you need to read this book!
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John MacArthur's clear and direct writing style combine well with the abundant and proper use of Scripture in making his point. Add to this that the issue John is addressing here is of such gravity--no less than "what is the Gospel of Jesus Christ"-- and the result in our estimation is to make "The Gospel According to Jesus" must reading for anyone naming the name of Jesus Christ. What we love most about John MacArthur's books is that they are packed with Scripture properly handled, and that his writing style makes his books very readable -- accessible to Christians of nearly any background. John's simple and eminently logical Scriptural "arguments" stay with you. The "Gospel According to Jesus" is truly an important book. The firestorm and controversy that "The GospelAccording to Jesus" created in the Evangelical community when it was first published is a stark and sober testimony to just how urgently needed this book was--and still is. Truly when a clear presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as spoken from the lips of our Lord himself can be so vehemently attacked by a large segment ofthe Evangelical community, it should make Christians everywhere take notice that there is something seriously amiss in the Body of Christ. With the prevalence of hyper-dispensational teaching and "seeker sensitve" doctrine in so many churches today, we think that The Gospel According to Jesus should be on every Christian's bookshelf. This book is a great aid to a sober examination of our own walk with the Lord, and of the way we share the gospel with others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please read this book! 22 Mar 1999
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Before I read this book I was your average "Sunday morning Christian". I did not really know what it meant to be a Christian. This book opened my eyes to see the real meaning of Christianity (a personal relationship with Jesus Christ). A life of love, submission, commitment, and surrender to Jesus Christ.
John MacArthur is one of the greatest Bible teachers of our day, I highly recommend this book for your reading.
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