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Twelve Ordinary Men: How the Master Shaped His Disciples for Greatness, and What He Wants to Do with You [Paperback]

John MacArthur
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May 10 2006
Contrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do Gods work. Look no further than the twelve disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament. Jesus chose ordinary men - fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots - and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. MacArthur draws principles from Christs careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for todays modern disciple - you.

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JOHN F. MACARTHUR pastors Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, and serves as president of the Master's College and Seminary. A well-known Bible expositor and conference speaker, he has written more than six dozen books, including the MacArthur New Testament Commentary series and the MacArthur Study Bible. He is the Bible teacher on Grace to You, an international radio broadcast.

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5.0 out of 5 stars GET TO KNOW THEM Nov. 7 2011
"Christ personally called the Twelve and invested most of His energies in them. He chose them before they chose Him."

This paperback is an indepth look at the disciples of Jesus Christ. I found it most entertaining and enlightening, soaking up the characteristics of these men of God. We see how the master shaped His disciples and built up their faith. They were the first persons on earth, who knew what His future held, though not throughly understanding at the time, they yet trusted in Him and His Father's will for the people of the world. He spoke to them in parables and had to be patient with them as they tried to figure Him out. The disciples were by no means scholars, just humble ordinary men, but when Jesus was resurrected and they saw the Light they became bold witnesses for His cause, turning the world upside down............taking the gospel to the ends of the earth for they knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that He held their backs, and had filled them with His Holy Spirit.
Highly recommended to Study Groups and Theology courses.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar 07-11-11 (Haze)
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This is by far the best book I have read this year. It is the most clearly laid-out story of the men who were closest to Christ Jesus. I could harldy wait to finish this book so I could loan it out; and now that it is loaned out, I can't wait to get it back and re-read it.
John MacArthur does an excellent job of searching the New Testament for every detail about each apostle and blending it into a wonderful, accurate narrative of their lives and personality. He brought new insight into the special relationship between each pair (Simon the Zealot and Matthew the tax-collector - both at extreme polarities of the Jewish political spectrum; Peter the brash loud mouth with his younger quiet brother Andrew, etc.) and the sub-grouping of 3 teams of 4 men.
I have found myself quoting often from this book as I take multiple aspects of each of the 12's personality and apply it to our own present day attitudes while serving Christ. We see that all of them were extremely ordinary, full of character flaws. The death and ressurection of Christ transformed them and their flaws were used in a mighty way. By harmonizing the events of the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament, I also learned more about each man. MacArthur concludes each chapter with traditional (not in the Bible) information concerning their area of minstry in the world and their means of death.
I expected a history lesson when I purchased this book and ended up with a beautiful story that has really impacted my life. I strongly encourage you to read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT! Which disciple are YOU? Jan. 3 2004
These is a truely fabulous book! I was always interested in the twelve disciples, and wanted to know more about them. I would watch documentaries and such about the 12 on the history channel, discovery channel, ect. They were all cool and informative, but they didnt give me the information I wanted- so i went to the internet, and found this book. Immediently, i was drawn to this book and ordered it. Well, Ive had it for 3 days and im already finished. This book knocked my socks off! It takes each disciple and tells about thier personality, how they viewed Jesus, how they are presented in the bible, what they did after the resurrection and how each of us can relate them. This book really brought the disciples to life and made me want to meet them now. I cant wait to go to heaven and meet Peter & John. Also, the books take the time to let us know more about the disciples who alot of people arnt really familiar with (like Simon the Zealot, James the less, and bartholomew (nathaniel)) In the reading, you can almost always see alittle bit of you in each of them. I can most identify myself with Thaddeus, or John. Please get this book- You will NOT regret it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite book..... Oct. 4 2003
First of all I bought this book on the recommendation of a sales person. I usually do this timidly but am I glad that I listened to her on that day. This book sucked me right in and left me thiniking. I am so often guilty of reading so fast that I only retain about 50% of the book, I'm glad to say that I have retained so much more. I read this book and would catch myself getting ahead of myself and I would go back and re-read what I just read in order to more fully process what I was reading. I learned a great deal about the apostles and I learned some new things about Jesus love. Which is always a bright spot in my day. I love to learn new things but I am always greatful to the Holy Spirit when something really special is pointed out by a writer. I cannot recommend this book enough. It is a wonderful addition to your reading list and to your library. I've already gotten this book for a friend for a Christmas present. It is just so wonderful. The writing style is easy and flowing and the writer seems to really have put a lot of himself in to understanding the apostles from all angles. He seems intimate with each of them and with some that is no easy task but you feel like he is telling you about his 13 closest friends; Jesus and the 12 "ordinary men". I feel much closer to the apostles and Christ by having read this book and by having taken the time to truly proces what is there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars disciples for dummies
This book is great! It is written in an easy to understand, straightforward manner. I have recommended this book to others and they loved it too!! Read more
Published on July 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done John!
I have read several John Macarthur books in the past and this one easily ranks as one of his best. After a rather dry introduction, the book devotes a chapter to each apostle... Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by John Lawler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Study of the Disciples
MacArthur does it again. Great look at the apostles' lives. You will never look at "the 12" in the same light/
Published on Feb. 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great biographical material
If you are looking for information about the individual disciples, this is as definitive as you'll find.
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by Mark Youngkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Allow me to introduce you
What an awesome book!! I couldn't put it down and was introduced to some ordinary people I realized I never really knew. Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The master expositor does it again!
Along with Mark Dever, across the other side of the USA in Washington DC, John MacArthur is the no.1 bible expositor in the USA today. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2003 by C. Catherwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Its ok to relate to these extraordinary men
Hello readers, I confess I do not read my Bible as faithfully as I am called to but I did take a break to listen to the audio version of this book. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2003 by Joshua Lieder
4.0 out of 5 stars Let me introduce to you again for the first time....
MacArthur gives a fresh look at the men Jesus chose to change the World through.
It's interesting that a man of letters such as John MacArthur can admire the qualities of... Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2003 by Steven Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh and delightful read.
OK, name the 12 apostles. Chances are you can't. Disconcerting, no? These twelve, who most Chistians think they know, took the teachings of Jesus and changed the world by... Read more
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