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

Twelve Ordinary Men How the Master Shaped His Disciples for Greatness and What He Wants to Do with You Contrary to popular belief we do not have to be perfect to do God s work Look no further than the twelve disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testamen

  • Title: Twelve Ordinary Men: How the Master Shaped His Disciples for Greatness, and What He Wants to Do with You
  • Author: John F. MacArthur Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780785288244
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • Contrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do God s 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 drContrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do God s 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 Christ s careful, hands on training of the original twelve disciples for today s modern disciple you.

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    1. Jesus didn't choose the wealthiest, noblest, smartest, most religious, nicest, prettiest, or most athletic to be his disciples. He chose from the bottom of the barrel. The ordinary people like you and me. We can relate to all of the disciples in some way.

    2. There seemed to be too much speculation and too little known facts about the majority of the disciples, but that didn't stop the author from going on and on -- I believe this book would have been better leaving out the speculation and sticking to facts. This would have meant the book would have been half it's length. Also, I noticed he used a verse to "prove" the death penalty was okay. I had to read this book for church, otherwise I wouldn't have made it through the first chapter. In non-fictio [...]

    3. First, I was shocked to discover that Mark and Luke, writers of two of the Gospels were not disciples of Jesus'. Second, this book really brings home the fact that God can and will use an imperfect man such as I. In fact, it seems to be a prerequisite of His that I be as far from perfection as possible, before I can be used of Him. I got a lot of encouragement from this book and highly recommend it for everyone.

    4. This book highlights each of the twelve apostles chosen by Jesus to follow him and how each one of them was "ordinary." Yet in their ordinariness, Jesus changed them and formed them into the church leaders that they eventually became. It also served as a warning of how hard-heartedness and pride, as in the case of Judas Iscariot, can cause our downfall. As far as the content of the book goes, I found it interesting how John MacArthur could create a picture of each of these apostles even with lit [...]

    5. It was based on past sermons, It is really an insight to the personalities of the Apostles. Although much speculation, it is all Scripture based and very believable

    6. Once you get past the rather dry introduction chapter, things got pretty interesting. Must admit to have a marked lack of knowledge on the disciples and was always embarrassed by my lack of being able to name them. Now realize I couldn't name them b/c several of them are hardly mentioned. In any case, I learned alot - mainly his point was that the disciples were a group of really common men (thus the title) with strengths and flaws just like the rest of us. My favorite quote was on the section a [...]

    7. A great work by John MacArthur! Dig deep into studying the lives of these men - how God/Jesus took 12 ordinary men and how God used them for the glory of His kingdom and for His purpose. :) I learned a lot of things that aren't as easily "spelled out" about the disciples in the Bible as well as a lot of lessons about what God desires of us, His children and how my life can be used for His glory! :D

    8. The best book I've read about the 12 disciples. This very biblically based book does an excellent job of showing the character and character flaws on the 12 disciples. I'd highly recommend it.

    9. This was my first book by John MacArthur, but it won't be my last. Normally, non-fiction is a very difficult genre for me, and thus I rarely read it. I'm trying to make a concerted effort to change that, at least in some areas (such as this, Christian non-fiction, that interests me!). I've finally found what works for me - reading a non-fiction in conjunction with a fiction book (before I tried to read one or the other, never both concurrently), and reading it slowly. I read this book a couple o [...]

    10. This was a great book describing the lives of each disciple based on scripture.Dr. John F. MacArthur stuck almost exclusively with scripture and mostly relied on the gospel accounts to describe the disciples. This does provide a firm foundation, but in many cases gives very little understanding into the disciples.In some cases there are disciples who are only known because of their name being mentioned in a list. At this point some loose connections are made to essentially create an understandin [...]

    11. This is MacArthur at his best. While he often struggles in some of his purely exegetical works, MacArthur hits his stride in a more topical work such as this. The book traces the lives of each of the apostles and presents vignettes from various passages of the Gospels, pointing out their unique foibles and passions. The writer also helpfully concludes each apostle with a summary of early church tradition on the remainder of the apostle’s life.

    12. This book gave such amazing insight on each disciple by piecing together all the verses that talk about each person. It gives great encouragement to all of us in our faith since it is absolutely amazing that Christianity spread at all with such disciples as these. I loved this look at the character and personality of the disciples.

    13. I really enjoyed this book. I read it as my daily Bible study and so I made time to look up all the references. The author was so thorough in his information about each disciple- giving us examples of the same story in different books of the Bible. It was so interesting to see how the stories all correlated but each had slightly different details that related back to each other.

    14. I loved this book. I love the stories of the disciples, and MacArthur brings a lot of helpful insight into the lives of these men. There are a few personal caveats here and there, but the meat of this book provides valuable information about the men who followed Jesus. It's a great resource for teaching or personal study.

    15. This book did a great job taking a deeper look into the life of the Twelve Disciples. It showed, with excellent detail, how Christ transforms ordinary people and equips them for His service. I would recommend this book to anyone that seeks to have a deeper, more complete understanding of the Gospels and the people who were involved.

    16. Interesting how we all have personalities that Jesus can deal with, with His unconditional love. He created us and still loves us so much that He would do anything for us, obviously since He gave His life, but He even has our picture on his frig and brags about us still!!

    17. Great book to read. Gives insightful information in the characteristics of the disciples of Jesus Christ. learned that God doesn't want to make you exactly the same as any other individual, but is in the business of making the christian more like the image if his son Jesus Christ in the heart.

    18. Great book emphasizing that God chooses the foolish to lead the wise. God's kingdom is an upside down kingdom where the last is first; the servant is the greatest; and you die to live.

    19. I thoroughly enjoyed John MacArthur's "Twelve Ordinary Men" ("TOM"). My expectations were that TOM would be a mixture of scriptural, historical, and narrative references made for each apostle; however to my surprise each apostle's chapter was well balanced between scriptural and historical references. I'm not always a fan of narratives due to the subjective nature and had genuine concerns that MacArthur would stretch each chapter using narrative form. The opening chapter and introduction to the [...]

    20. I'm almost hesitant to admit it, but it's true. While I regard John MacArthur as the greatest Christian leader since Charles Spurgeon and I'm deeply grateful for his immeasurable contributions to the church, I am not a big fan of his books. That is not to say they are not worth reading. A few have deeply impacted me, but more often than not I find his writing to be "not my taste". However, Twelve Ordinary Men kept me turning pages and taking notes, and was one of the more enjoyable books I’ve [...]

    21. An enlightening look at Jesus’ twelve disciples, drawing out lessons that can be applied to any ordinary Christian. It starts by looking at the disciples as a group, then delves into each disciple individually, discussing their personalities and actions.The book drives home how ordinary the disciples were, yet how God used them for such great good. It shows how God can use our imperfect efforts too. The book mentions several times Jesus’ foreknowledge and predestination of all things that oc [...]

    22. Overall this book was a great read. John MacArthur’s knowledge, wisdom, and practical application of Scripture and stories are relevant and thought provoking. MacArthur does a good job unpacking as much as possible about each disciple from Scripture as well as some extrabiblical sources. He gives descriptive contextual details which add to the story but which are not known from simply reading the Bible. These extra details provide extra insights that enrich the story and lesson being taught. M [...]

    23. In Twelve Ordinary Men, John Macarthur does a great job of detailing each of the twelve apostles called by Jesus. Each is unique in their own way (personality, abilities, background), yet all are shaped and used by Jesus for His church. Macarthur lays out each chapter by explaining who they are, how they were shaped by Jesus, and how that led to the rest of their lives spent living for His mission. The stories of the twelve apostles make it clear that anyone can be used by God no matter their ba [...]

    24. I think the author jumps to a lot of conclusions based on very small amounts of information. He also tended to describe that character traits of the apostles in terms of extremes. But overall, I think it was a good book. It was helpful looking at many different sections of scripture to build a better picture of who these men were.

    25. An insightful and creative compilation of the information written in scripture regarding these ordinary men used for an extraordinary prose by an all-powerful and all-loving God. MacArthur delves into insights usually glossed over in the narrative of the gospels to look at the individual faces of Christ's closest followers.

    26. The author does a respectable job of portraying how God chose, not esteemed scholars, or teachers, but twelve men from ordinary backgrounds and circumstances to carry forward His message to the world and to establish the original "church." These men were not esteemed or accomplished, but working men of little repute. An interesting read.

    27. An excellent examination of the lives and personalities of the twelve disciples of Jesus! This book puts skin and bones and unique faces on these men and testifies to the character of Christ, that he chose them and trained them and enabled them to live and work in unity. Definitely recommend this book!

    28. Great insight into the lives of the Disciples This was my first study, an in-depth look into the lives of the disciples. Dr. MacArthur's writing style is easy to follow and he provides great insight and illustrations into how God uses ordinary men to do extraordinary things according to His sovereign plan.

    29. MacArthur is a very respected author (and many other things). Which is the reason why I gave this book three stars instead of two. However, to be honest I struggled reading this book at times. Mainly due to a lot of the information provided was subjective. I'm certain it's extremely hard finding information on the apostles; nevertheless, I didn't want to read educated guesses on why the apostles said what they said. I say that respectfully.

    30. MacArthur tells of the Disciples in an easy way of remembering each one of them and their contributions to Christianity. As all of us, each had flaws but they all recognized Christ’s perfection and for who He is - God Even Judas knew but was evil personified. I will read MacArthur’s other books.

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