Monday, May 14, 2012
Book Review: The Truth About the Lordship of Christ by John MacArthur
I just finished the Truth About the Lordship of Christ by John MacArthur, which I received complimentary from BookSneeze. This book is a part of John MacArthur's Truth About series where the author explores various theological issues relevant to the Christian experience. In the Lordship of Christ, MacArthur explores how God's sovereignty in the believer's life, should affect our submission, lifestyle and assurance of salvation. The Lordship of Christ in our life inspires us and sustains us through the process of becoming more like Christ, which requires us to make sacrifices and persevere during adversity, but results in a richer, more God honoring life. I would give the Lordship of Christ a 4.5/5, and it is certainly a book I would recommend to pastors and lay members alike in every church, to better understand how the Lordship of Christ affects their life. The Lordship of Christ comes in at under 150 pages and is intentionally a very pastoral book, not a historical or analytical work. The Lordship of Christ presupposes the major audience will be Christians who are interested in better understanding the Lordship of Christ. Therefore, it is especially useful in Bible studies, devotionals and discipleship programs, though I would hesitate to use it in an academic setting.
The Lordship of Christ represents the notion of the pastor-theologian intentionally being a significant and influential figure in the life of a congregation. The pastor, that is, the shepherd of a local congregation, is responsible for the spiritual welfare of his attendants and should address the serious and important theological issues his congregations needs to understand, and not shy away from theology. Over the course of six chapters, MacArthur outlines what the sovereignty of God means in the life of Christian. Chapter one addresses God as the Lord of the Universe, and how his sovereignty is seen in His Creation. Chapter two focuses on the role of the Lord in the daily lives of Christians. This means that people must hear the Gospel and respond, to confess Christ as Lord, before they can truly accept his Lordship. In Chapter three MacArthur discusses the daily submission Christians to the will of God, how even after salvation, their is a constant struggle against sin and the desire to follow what the self wants. Chapter four builds upon this theme and discusses holy living, the moral lifestyle and choices that Christians are expected to make when the accept Christ's Lordship. Chapter five, the shortest of the chapters, discusses confession and restoration, how Christians must confess their sins and failings in order to be rid of them. Finally, Chapter six discusses the ultimate destination of Christians, Heaven. Here MacArthur uses biblical justification for how believers can have complete assurance that their salvation is real and not worry that they are not redeemed.