When I saw that this book was available for review I wanted to check it out as John MacArthur usually has some pretty solid teachings. I requested a copy of this book for review from Thomas Nelson’s BookLook Blogger program. It took me a little while to get through reading this particular book, but the content was pretty good. I do agree with MacArthur that there is a trend in today’s churches that is leaning toward a more watered down Gospel that can be dangerous for people if they don’t understand the Gospel correctly.
I would give this book a 8.2 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a 4 star rating.
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Just to be completely honest, while there are some that will not agree on some of the points that the author makes, this book does have a lot of very sound doctrine in it. However, the writing style for some reason didn’t hold my interest as other works of John MacArthur have done in the past. Not that it’s bad – just .. well… different. There are a few times in the book where I felt the author did get a little soap-boxish in his approach. Nevertheless, there are still a lot of very good things in it. I would probably recommend this book to read for someone who is already a believer to help them understand on a deeper level what that means. There are points that may go over the head of a new believer, but then again, for those few points, they can talk with their pastor or other church leader. If you are of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement or lean away from Calvinism, you will likely encounter some points that you won’t agree with in this book. Nevertheless, a lot of excellent exegesis in this book and you will very much appreciate it. Especially if you lean toward Calvinism like the author does. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from BookLook Bloggers and all opinions are my own.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
Type of Book: Christian Life / General
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Author: John MacArthur
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-1400203499
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|The Gospel According to Paul: Embracing the Good News at the Heart of Paul’s Teaching
By John MacArthur / Thomas NelsonFrom master expositor and Bible teacher John MacArthur comes a revelatory exploration of what the apostle Paul actually taught about the good news of Jesus. In his characteristically candid and pastoral style, MacArthur helps readers obtain a right understanding of the gospel given to us by the Lord—the very same gospel that was put into the mouths and the pens of the apostles, including Paul, and that has been preached for the past 2,000 years—so that it may be proclaimed to the world, as has been commanded. This new exposition not only highlights key passages in Paul’s epistles, examining them verse-by-verse, but also unpacks critical lessons regarding the essence, elements, relevancy, and application of the gospel for today’s disciples.Completing the trilogy MacArthur began with The Gospel According to Jesus, this is a clear, compelling, well-reasoned, and thoroughly biblical account of the good news at the heart of Paul’s teaching that is comprehensive in its scope while remaining accessible to seasoned pastors and lay readers alike.
- 256 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
Goal of Book:
The goal of the author in writing this book is to help people understand from the perspective of Paul what the Gospel is all about. The author selects very key points in Paul’s writings to help explain the Gospel. MacArthur does take on the recently watered down Gospel that is being taught in a large number of churches today and effectively explains the Gospel using solid exegesis of key portions of Paul’s writings. He did do this very well, but for some reason, it was kind of hard for me to keep my attention on reading it. Not completely sure why in this case.
My Favorite Part:
I really did like how the author pulled out point by point the gospel that Paul preached. However, as I mentioned previously, there were a few times where it felt a little soap-boxish and I would have rather seen the author let the gospel speak for itself and let people decide for themselves where they stand on certain topics that are viewed as controversial in some Christian circles.
I would probably recommend this book to read for someone who is already a believer to help them understand on a deeper level what that means. This will likely go over the head of a new believer. If you are of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement or lean away from Calvinism, you will likely encounter some points that you won’t agree with in this book. Nevertheless, a lot of excellent exegesis in this book and you will very much appreciate it if you lean toward Calvinism.
Chapter 1 – Things of First Importance
Chapter 2 – First, the Bad News
Chapter 3 – How Can a Person Be Right with God?
Chapter 4 – Sola Fide
Chapter 5 – The Great Exchange
Chapter 6 – Alive Together with Christ
Chapter 7 – The Lessons of Grace
Epilogue: Paul’s Testimony
Appendix 1: In Defense of Substitutionary Atonement
Appendix 2: Christ Died for God
Appendix 3: The Reason for Everything
Appendix 4: Paul’s Glorious Gospel: Adapted from Sermons by C.H. Spurgeon
About the Author
In 1798, Thomas Nelson founded his first publishing house in Edinburgh, Scotland, determined to make books, particularly Christian classics, affordable to the common man. In 1931, Pat and Bernie Zondervan began their publishing journey in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they began buying and selling books and Bibles. HarperCollins Publishers acquired Zondervan Publishers in the 1980s and Thomas Nelson in 2012, integrating the two similar, yet uniquely different, publishing groups under one leadership. Today, the strength of these great names—Thomas Nelson and Zondervan—continue to represent the highest quality in Christian publishing, creating the Company’s foundation.
HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. is a world leading Christian content provider. Our parent company, HarperCollins Publishers, is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world and is a subsidiary of News Corp. Though the Company formed in 2012, its heritage dates back to the late eighteenth century. Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, two highly sought-after Christian inspirational brands, are the keystone publishing programs.
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