Wednesday, August 16, 2017

MacArthur on Paul's Gospel

One of the things I have come to appreciate from John MacArthur's preaching and teaching ministry is his commitment to the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. He can sometimes seem like a cranky grandparents when he goes on the attack, but when he talks about the gospel he is right on point. I have enjoyed many of his books, but none that I have read has been so focused on explaining the basic gospel message as much as his recent book, The Gospel According to Paul.

In it MacArthur zeros in on the historical event of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. He takes a look at Romans to establish that we are all sinners, and explains that we can only be saved by faith in Christ. Looking at Ephesians he shares what it means to be “in Christ” and the role of good works in the life of a believer. In addition to his expository treatment of key New Testament passages, he offers a lengthy defense of the substitutionary atonement in the appendices and some sermons by both himself and the great gospel preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

MacArthur has proven himself to be a capable Bible expositor. Those who find themselves agreeing with much is the elegy will enjoy this return to the basics. Those who find themselves at odds with him on occasion will have less of a reason to do so in this volume if they hold to the one gospel all Christians are called to proclaim.

I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of providing this review.

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