“The Gospel According to Jesus” Book Review

287292_1_ftc_dp I’ve concluded that it is almost impossible to write an adequate book review for “The Gospel According to Jesus”.  This is, by far, John MacArthur’s best known work and also his most controversial work.  I was first introduced to this book in High School by my youth pastor, however until recently I had not read it again.  This is significant, because until my recent re-reading of this book I had not realized how deeply it had affected me, even though I read it as a Sophomore in High School.  This book has left a deep impression on my soul that I am eternally grateful for.

The essence of the book is the controversy over what is known as “Lordship Salvation.”  MacArthur is not particularly fond of this phrase, however he does use it because it helps to define the terms of the argument.  The heart of what MacArthur is saying is that faith in Christ is about more than believing a set of facts or saying a prayer at some point, in order for a person to truly exercise saving faith he must be born again resulting in a changed life. 

The book is very simple in its approach.  MacArthur simply does what he does best, working his way through a series of passages (primarily in the gospel of Matthew) and explaining the text, especially as it applies to what it means to be saved.  The book is, in short, outstanding.

If you haven’t read “The Gospel According to Jesus” before, I would encourage you to put it on your reading list and get to it sooner, rather than later.  You will be glad that you did.

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April 10 2009 02:37 pm | Blog

One Response to ““The Gospel According to Jesus” Book Review”

  1. Debbie Harrold on 16 Apr 2009 at 9:47 am #

    This book is indeed outstanding. It has forever changed my understanding of His (Jesus’) Lordship. It cannot be separated from faith and believing as stated on the first page of chapter one “you cannot remove the lordship of Christ from the gospel message without undermining faith at its core.”