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The Gospel According to Paul: Embracing the Good News at the Heart of Paul's Teachings

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From master-expositor and Bible teacher John MacArthur, a revelatory exploration of what the apostle Paul actually taught about the good news of Jesus

The apostle Paul penned a number of very pithy, focused passages in his letters to the early church that summarize the gospel message in just a few well-chosen words. Each of these key texts has a unique emphasis highlighting
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Thomas Nelson (first published April 2017)
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Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Gospel According to Paul was a good read. I liked how it wasn't a light read and yet it was still easy to read and understand. The writing was great and I loved how there was a lot of scripture included throughout.

I haven't read a lot of MacArthur's books, but of what I've read The Gospel According to Paul is a favorite. There were quite a few powerful statements that I loved and a few I highlighted. I recommend this book if you are looking for a good nonfiction read.

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Nathan Albright
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge2017
I was given this book by my roommate because he said he wouldn't finish it and he knows (as everyone does, it seems) the extent to which I devour books. I have read books (and even reviewed a couple of albums) from this author before [1], and I have generally liked them. I was not pleased with this book, though. It is not as if this is a bad book--for surely the frequent misunderstandings of the writings of Paul can make for some terrible books. It is more that this book gave me yet another remi ...more
David Steele
John MacArthur, The Gospel According to Paul, Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2017, 256 pp. $13.20

Nearly thirty years ago, Dr. John MacArthur wrote The Gospel According to Jesus. The book was a clear articulation of the gospel and a sharp repudiation of antinomianism and other views that failed to affirm the lordship of Jesus Christ in salvation. A firestorm erupted and sparked heated debate among evangelicals as a result of the book. Since that time, MacArthur has written several books that articulat
Cindy Francey
Feb 26, 2022 rated it really liked it
A great read for the new Christian or the “seasoned saint. The author gives a thorough Biblical exposition of the Gospel- what it is and what it is not. Over the years, and with conversations with many people, I’ve have witnessed much error concerning the Gospel. Especially with those who have grown up in a “cultural Christianity”. there is great temptation to omit man’s sinful state when sharing the Gospel. Another big pitfall seems to be the notion that all the love and kindness shown to a per ...more
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this to be slow reading in order to digest its message. But I'm grateful for sticking with it and learning so much more about Paul's letters about the Gospel. ...more
Dave Weiss
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There’s a joke me and some of my ministry friends would get out whenever we heard someone say something that was biblically questionable, or just plain out there. We’d say, “That must be in the book of Paul, somewhere near the back.” The reason is simple, there is no book of Paul. However there are many books written by Paul, or more correctly, letters or even more correctly letters, and those letters lay out much of the theology of the New Testament. While there is no book of Paul, there is def ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second MacArthur book I've read, and I am a huge fan of his expository style. He doesn't fill pages with unnecessary fluff that is customary to modern Christian literature, like unneeded analogies that retell the point rather than reveal it. MacArthur is actually a capable teacher and writer pulling from a wealth of knowledge, and on this subject of the Gospel, he is a star pupil.

Here's your one disclaimer: TGAP is basically a Calvinist primer for salvation theology. I'm no complete
Karen Murano
This book is helpful, and rich with citations of scripture. I was frequently bogged down with redundancy and disagreed with the harsh opinion of the "modern mega-church", and the general assumption applied that they don't focus on the one. On the contrary, I belong to a very fast growing church whose success is not about numbers, and knows me more than my previous "small" church. I am for every church size, indeed Christ is for the Church, large or small and Heaven will be HUGE! ...more
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was "meat." It took concentration to finish and digest. I found the appendices very edifying. ...more
Paul C.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
[Original review on "Overthinking Christian"]

John MacArthur continues to astound me. Maintaining an audience from those in many denominations, having the gift of writing clearly, and possessing an unyielding determination to convey the truth of Scripture, a book on Paul (from him) sounds like something we may need. But I’m afraid John MacArthur’s newest release falls flat, and for someone as seasoned as MacArthur, the standard is set high. The Gospel According to Paul offers nothing new but rath
Bill Pence
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can’t think of anyone else that I would rather have write on the Gospel than John MacArthur. The 77-year old pastor has faithfully served his church for more than 48 years. This is his third book in his The Gospel According To series, with previous books from the perspectives of Jesus and the Apostles.
The author writes that Paul was unlike any of the other apostles, with his intelligence and academic credentials. Paul wrote more NT books than any other author. He consistently explained and de
Ryan Hawkins
I'm very glad this book was written. I loved it as it was simply so so biblical. The content of each page wasn't anything totally new to me, but that didn't really matter. I loved it because it was a clear, concise, and compelling exposition of "the gospel" according to the apostle Paul. And this is by no means boring. It is truly fascinating.

In short, it was evangelical theology 101. I'm glad it was written because what MacArthur writes it a perfect summary of the center of the evangelical/bibl
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another MUST read book from John MacArthur!

This is the third of four books written by John MacArthur over almost 40-years in which he defines, clarifies and defends the biblical gospel against all-comers! The first two books (The Gospel According to Jesus and the Gospel According to the Apostles) were principally a polemic against easy-believism and no-lordship salvation. This current volume is less polemical, yet nonetheless absorbing and helpful. Open Theism, the New Perspective on Paul and th
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Gospel According to Paul: Embracing the Good News at the Heart of Paul's Teachings by John MacArthur is the prolific Christian author and speaker's latest book. This is the third book in this series that explores the Gospel. The earlier two books were The Gospel According to Jesus and the Gospel According to the Apostles.

The Gospel According to Paul: Embracing the Good News at the Heart of Paul's Teachings explores the apostle Paul's teachings. Paul was unique in that he was not an apostle w
David Harris
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
The strength of the book is the fact that it is written on a popular level. That is also its weakness. Addresses the most controversial of NT Wright's views in the context of an overview of Paul's theology (as opposed to looking at individual verses under debate). Deals with the controversy surrounding substitutionary atonement well. Also confronts the argument surrounding meaning of Paul's use of law (whether it is works righteousness or Jewish ritual only) in depth. I've listened to all of JMa ...more
Chris Jaffe
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Solid, brief overview of Paul's theology from a Christian minister. He notes at the outset that he isn't going to get too polemical here (which he apparently did in his previous books). He's just going to lay out Paul's understanding of Christianity without getting into theological arguments - but he still gets into at least one argument. He clearly doesn't agree with the Catholic view of the primacy of works, and argues (rather effectively) that Paul's views were clearly on Team Faith.

The main
Brian Meadows
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I am not a fan of John McArthur as I do not agree with his application of theology. He is what one would call a cessationist. He believes that miracles ceased when the Bible was complete. I do not believe in tying the hands of God like that when with Him all things are possible. There is much evidence to the contrary.

Having said that, his teaching on the scriptures in their context is typically quite good. This book does not venture into the areas aforementioned where I have a problem with the a
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
The writings of the apostle Paul make up a majority of the New Testament. He is a self-proclaimed defender of the gospel. So, what does Paul have to say about the gospel? John MacArthur lays out Paul’s message, calling upon his writings and the other apostles’ to make the case that Paul’s gospel truly is the gospel of Christ.

The teaching in this book is sound, but I was not able to get through it. I listen to John MacArthur on the radio and I’ve read and enjoyed a couple of his books, but the wr
Christopher Perry
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Excellent characterization of the basics of the vital foundational concepts of Paul's teachings. If the author had stayed focused on that message the book would have easily and appropriately garnered 5 stars. Unfortunately, for me, the author's frequent castegations at beliefs or implementations counter to his own often only served to detract from the relevant point. Many of such attacks were clearly based on false or incomplete understandings, or even complete ignorance, of what other Christian ...more
Rod Innis
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great book! The gospel as presented in the epistles of Paul is very clearly presented.
A number of false teachings are clearly and biblically refuted. I highly recommend this book to anyone
who wants to understand the gospel for themselves and for anyone who desires to share the gospel with anyone else.
So many today are unclear in the presentation of the gospel: it is refreshing to read such a clear one.
Clara Roberts
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book about material familiar to those of us who grew up in the Church but presented with fresh eyes. Statements like" The death of Christ was an act of Obedience to His Father's will." and His delight was to do the will of God" were ideas we grew up hearing. "All His life, He was fulfilling all righteousness in every way." "Because He is an infinite Person, He offered a perfect sacrifice. He is God incarnate." Therefore it was God himself that was sacrificed for our sins. ...more
Matt Crawford
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just John being John. Perhaps smaller in volume than some of his other works but not in depth. MacArthur brings his customary depth. He is a popular preacher but writes as an academic. This book reads like a greatest hits album. There isn’t anything that he hasn’t said in many other volumes. It is a great reminder for seasoned Christians. It is a great volume for baby Christians wanting to transition from milk to Solid food. It is def worth the read.

Steve Schofield
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good content, a bit too academic / theological for me

First book I read of John and God has led me to study Paul. I did not have issues with content as much it was hard to follow at times as John seems to like using descriptive words to explain when a simple word would do. That was distracting. Probably would be normal is a classroom or seminary setting...for this layperson i like to keep it simple
Nov 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This short book firstly is a response of many "New" unbiblical ideas on the apostle Paul and his teachings. It is John Macarthur's goal to give the reader a complete proof that the gospel given by Jesus and the other Apostles is the same message that Paul displays. He proves this by the words of Paul himself and easily defends against Pauline dispensationalism. Overall this was a great book that really uses scripture to its advantage over other writers. Highly recommend. ...more
Feb 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Oh, what a glorious book. John MacArthur truly is a master expositor and a lover of all things Biblical. His care in declaring the whole counsel of God is such a treat among modern writers! His solid preaching makes him, in my humble opinion, to be the modern day "prince of preachers" if I may borrow that title from Spurgeon. I read the appendices first and think it worked well though I may now have to re-read them. Excellent. ...more
Tresha Mcfadden
May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok

I wanted to get more into the gospel of Paul and how Paul is involved with the writing of a lot of the old testament . I have read a lot of books from John MacArthur and I like his books. This one was okay I like how easy it was to read bit not sure it gave me what I was looking for. But it was okay, not my favorite book from the author.

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Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
John MacArthur never disappoints, and The Gospel According to Paul is no different. Wonderful piece of work that really makes you think and be grateful for the salvation found in Christ. You will want to read it in a whole day, but it's loaded, so it will take you some time to finish it. Highly recommended. ...more
Rachel Lundy
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology, 2018
This is a wonderful book! John MacArthur clearly explains the gospel as it is taught through the letters of Paul in the Bible. Reading this book helped me to appreciate even more the sacrifice of Jesus on my behalf and to marvel at the beauty of the gospel. The Gospel According to Paul is a must-read!
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by MacArthur

John Macarthur continues to drive home the gospel in this book. We read about Paul and how the gospel shaped him. In this age of heresy and false gospels, it is good to get back to the truth that we are lost without Christ, and the gospel is the only thing that will save us
Corey Ramsey
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought the book was excellent. MacArthur pulls out all of the key points of the gospel throughout Paul’s epistles, mostly Romans. I like how the book is in a repetitive manner and jams this information in your brain so that someone with no Bible knowledge could listen to this book and explain the Gospel in a Pauline manner of someone asked. Definitely worth reading.
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John F. MacArthur, Jr. is a United States Calvinistic evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible. MacArthur is a fifth-generation pastor, a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969, and ...more

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