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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (580 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John MacArthur Narrator: John MacArthur Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9781400203529
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Bestselling author and pastor Dr. John MacArthur reveals one crucial word that revolutionizes what it means to follow Jesus. Throughout the Bible, followers of Jesus are commanded to submit to him as their king. They are told to obey and follow, faithfully and without hesitation. Every time Christians utter the word Lord, they make a subtle yet profound declaration—that God is their master and that they belong to him. In fact, the Bible describes believers as his slaves. They have been bought with a price and now live for Christ as a people for his own possession. But go into most churches today, even flip through most Bible translations, and you won’t see or hear the word slave anywhere. That’s because it has been lost in translation. In this gripping book, Dr. John MacArthur uses deep Bible teaching and historical evaluation to expertly uncover the one forgotten word that restores the Bible’s definition of true Christian freedom.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “John MacArthur expertly and lucidly explains that Jesus frees us from bondage into a royal slavery that we might be his possession. Those who would be his children must, paradoxically, be willing to be his slaves.”

    Dr. R. C. Sproul, founder and chair of Ligonier Ministries

  • “A powerful exposition of scripture, a convincing corrective to shallow Christianity, a masterful work of pastoral encouragement…a devotional classic.”

    Dr. R. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • “Dr. John MacArthur’s teaching on slavery resonates in the deepest recesses of my inner-man. As an African American pastor, I have been there. That is why the thought of someone writing about slavery as being a godsend was the most ludicrous, unconscionable thing that I could have ever imagined…until I read this book. Now I see that becoming a slave is a biblical command, completely redefining the idea of freedom in Christ.”

    Reverend Dr. Dallas H. Wilson Jr., vicar of St. John’s Episcopal Chapel, Charleston, SC

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Farren | 2/20/2014

    " The book was ok but I think it would be really good for a Bible study....lots of notation...didn't really enjoy it as cover to cover book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 2/13/2014

    " Truly an insightful text, and very worthwhile for those interested in Biblical studies. I think this is the best book I have read by MacArthur. Humbling and helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordyn Redwood | 2/8/2014

    " This book has a fairly interesting premise-- comparing the life of a slave to how our relationship is with Christ. Pretty thought provoking. We'll be discussing it in our small group. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 2/2/2014

    " This book is an excellent example of proper exegesis. It really helps to show one of the many important facets about our identity in Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher M. | 2/1/2014

    " John MacArthur is at his strongest when thoroughly explaining biblical concepts. Here, he expertly dissects the concept of a believer's identity in Christ through the biblical imagery of the slave-master relationship. The label of slave is (and probably always has been) an offensive and scandalous one, but MacArthur explains why this very fact is what made the "slave" title so appropriate in the minds of the New Testament writers as well as the early Christians. The concept of slavery to Christ is one which has most certainly not received the attention it is due, likely due to its offensiveness and the fact that no English translation renders the Greek word "doulos" as "slave" consistently, even though that is its straight-forward meaning. MacArthur is as well-researched in this work as he has ever been, referencing the works of a few who really have tackled this concept in depth, including "Slave of Christ" by Murray J. Harris (which I have not read) and "A Better Freedom" (which I have read, and which might actually be a better all-around book). MacArthur is known for his strong statements, for better or for worse. In this case, it's easily for the better, from cover to cover. A theological gem of great price has been hidden for far too long, and MacArthur has given us a great tool to help us dig it up. One small complaint I have that kept me from giving the book the full 5/5 is that I didn't feel that MacArthur satisfactorily explored Jesus' identity as a slave. "Slave," after all, is not only one of the most common titles for a Christian, but also for Messiah himself. A book about identity in Christ (Messiah) could have used a deeper exploration of Jesus' servanthood. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 1/22/2014

    " Lots of good stuff to say about our need to submit to Christ. Pithy understanding of Greek Language and Translation theory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 1/14/2014

    " Written for a popular audience. Would be great for small group discussion (they have a small group companion book). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lawson Hembree | 1/12/2014

    " Impactful book that will change the way you view salvation and your relationship with God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenan | 11/28/2013

    " This really has changed my view of my identity in Christ. MacArthur's best so far..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teela | 11/28/2013

    " Deeper than I usually read, but it was very thought provoking and made me re-think my relationship to Christ. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milton Moon Louie | 10/14/2013

    " Like a research paper report on this word and how it has an impact on our current lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jena | 10/5/2013

    " Excellent reminder of who we are in Christ and what he means to us. Read it twice! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla Hanson | 8/18/2013

    " Every Christian should read this book. Made me think in a different way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Perkins | 4/6/2013

    " Good read. I really don't think it matters whether you use the term slave or servant, the key is obedience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cory Minderhout | 11/7/2012

    " One of the clearest explanations of the gospel and subsequent Christian life that I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Clay | 7/10/2011

    " Great book at the true meaning of what it being a servant of Christ really is, a slave. Goes into the meaning of the greek doulos and hebre eded and explains slave life in ancient hebrew world as well as the ancient roman world to explore what the slave analogies really mean. "

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About the Author

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California; president of the Master’s College and Seminary; and featured teacher for the Grace to You media ministry, which reaches millions worldwide. John has also written many bestselling books, including The Gospel According to Jesus.