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. Join John MacArthur as he draws principles from Christ's careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today's modern disciple - you!
Average Customer Rating:
(37 Reviews) 37
Rating Snapshot(37 reviews)
19 out of 2095%customers would recommend this product to a friend.
So you think you know the disciples because you attended Sunday School as a kid? You'll probably be amazed by this book. MacArthur mostly refers to scripture (which is good). But he also adds findings from historical research that both add to the testimony of these historic 12 men, and add to our understanding of them.
This book definetly meet my expectations and then some, you learn alot about the disciples even more, i found myself being very similar to one of them. That is exciting fo me anyway, to have something in common with one of the disciples, a very good read!!
I went though this book with the workbook in a men's group, and all of us were rolling our eyes at the end. MacArthur makes great leaps of fantasy that are not in scripture, then paints pathetic pictures of the the 12 apostles.
This book might be applicable to those who are unsaved - but certainly not to Christians. The characteristics MacArthur describes in this book belong to men who were not saved, and certainly not indwelt with the Spirit.
Throughout the book MacArthur seems to imply that he would have done better than the disciples. It was my first introduction to MacArthur, and I was appalled that a man who supposedly is a teacher would take such artistic license.
MacArthur makes an assumption about one of the apostles, then proceeds to write as though the assumption were fact, and creates an entire personality around a series of assumptions, most of them derogatory of the disciples. MacArthur wrote and entire chapter on Nathan's character, and who he was, all from one sentence in the Bible.
It seems that McArthur is appealing to today's watered down world where the bar is set so high for following Christ that you need to be careful not to trip on it.
Share this review:
0of2voted this as helpful.
Review 4 for Twelve Ordinary Men - eBook
Date:January 18, 2013
I like the way it has been present serving the purpose for which it was written. The fact as much as Jesus loved his 12 disciples so does he love us and he has also called us to continue the work which began years ago.
Jesus Christ Himself is the CHIEF cornerstone of the book and the Apostles he describes fit into God's structural plan for His Kingdom. John MacArthur clarifies the role the Apostles played in cementing Christ's position as the Son of God and the Son of Man.
I to am "aggramatoi idiotai" and appreciate Twelve Ordinary Men helping me more deeply appreciate the revelations of the Apostles lives in excellent literature!
We read this fine meaty book with our KJV and NIV open our our laps, my Mother and I. It was a great way to meet the Apostles, in all their Humanness and yet touched by Gods hand and used to mightily to serve Him. A lot of us never knew why each Gospel lists the Twelve men with slightly different names and this book was really helpful in understanding that some of the men had two different names, Like Matthew was also called Levi. We had to make notes in our Bible as to who was who!!! The thing dearest to me about Dr. MacArthurs book is the Rich Tapestry of Scripture he weaves. He hunts throughout the whole Bible for every things that he needs to explain a difficult passage in context. For example, Why Did James and John want to Call down fire on the people in Luke 9 verse Fifty Four? When Dr. MacArthur points out that they were remembering how Elijah as recorded for us in Two Kings Chapter One, had called down fire upon the arrogant pagan army captain (who was coming to arrest him) and his men in the same area hundreds of years before and they wanted to do the same, then we understand. I really love the way Dr. MacArthur does this, bringing Scripture from all the Bible together to illuminate the text he is working on. Dear Peter, the brash, bold young man who chopped an ear off the man who was going to arrest and hurt his Lord. This same Peter would write the wonderful letters of One and Two Peter!!! And then, according to tradition, he would die by Crucifixion, crucified upside down because he was unworthy of His Lords Death. The Way that each mans story ended with his death was perfect- I always think that it is perfect when a Christians story ends in Death, because for Us that is the Step into Gods Presence. As Doctor MacArthur said, Thomas was speared to death in India. How Fitting was this Death for the Man who had not Believed His Lord was Risen until he Touched the Spear mark in JESUS side, and it was a Fitting death for a Man who longed to be back with His Lord again. This Book is going to my 16 year old cousin this Christmas, because I want Him to know that God uses young, Bold, Brave, Immature men. God wants those years of their life. Do not present the years of your youth to idleness or idols. Give them to God and He will use you now, and God will make you conformed into the Image of Christ. God Bless you!!!
We're using this book in conjunction with the companion workbook as a study guide for our Adult Bible Fellowship. The material Dr. MacArthur provides is very thorough and rock solid. Using the combination of books along with God's Word gives our ABF participants a chance to thoroughly prepare ahead of time and contribute to the class discussion from an informed perspective.
John MacArthur has provided insightful looks into the lives of the twelve men chosen by the Christ to be His closest disciples. The key word is "ordinary," because Jesus did not select those of unique ability or special privilege to follow Him for three-plus years and to whom He would hand over the task of establishing His Church. The largest group of the twelve were fishermen and they covered a spectrum of backgrounds and personalities. To imagine this group being gelled harmoniously into a unit seems difficult at best, and yet that is precisely what our Lord patiently did with them. MacArthur does an excellent job of describing these men by searching the biblical text. Where the Bible is silent, he draws from other historical sources (notably Josephus and Eusebius), although more complete referencing and annotation would have been helpful for the student seeking to dig still deeper into the lives of the disciples. Early in the book, the author suggests that there were three sub-groupings of four disciples each, a plausible but unprovable hypothesis. The chapters move along smoothly and freely, beginning most naturally with Peter and ending with Judas. I was somewhat disappointed that a chapter was not devoted to every disciple. For example, Matthew and Thomas rather awkwardly share a chapter, as do James the Less, Simon the Zealot, and Judas (not Iscariot), although an equally less-known Nathanael has a chapter of his own. The concluding chapter on Judas Iscariot is a fitting ending, although a brief summary chapter with personal challenge ("with which disciple do you most readily identify and why?") would have been even more effective. I recommend this book for both personal and small group study. A very helpful read.
Studying this book as a small group and the men in my group and have found this book to be excellent. We've had many great conversations arising out of the text. While I've enjoyed each of John MacArthur's books that I've read, I've found this book to be an easier read that his other offerings and so more suitable to read for enjoyment rather than as an academic/theological exercise.
This book speaks to both men and women and is appropriate for each generation. MacArthur writes in such a way that it isn't too academic and lofty, and neither is it too dumbed down. The insight to personalities using Scripture references regarding the apostles speaks to the variety of people in this world. In small groups it is great fodder for discussion to pick out who you feel you are most like in comparison or in attempting to analyze each other.
Excellent Read, I read thru it in a couple of days
Date:September 9, 2011
I was about to give up on teaching my bible study class, until one of my students loaned me her copy of Twelve Ordinary Men. What an eye opening, touching story that shows the disciples as what they truly were... twelve ordinary men. Read this book you will not be sorry.
I've always been told that the disciples were just like us..."ordinary men". Until I read this book I did not really grasp the truth of that statement nor did I fully understand how much like us they were. MacArthur lays it all out and brings hope to my soul that the Lord can finish what He has started. If He could do it with them...He can do it with us.