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

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Thomas Nelson Inc, May 8, 2006 - Religion - 224 pages
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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 draws principles from Christ's careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today's modern disciple - you.

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Love the Biblical/historical centered in this book. Great theological exposition on the disciples, how God used there strengths and weaknesses and how He taught them and molded them into mighty men by the power of His word and Holy Spirit. Great and enjoyable read, i would recommend to anybody. Read full review

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We are currently doing this book in our small Bible study group. Love it! Read full review

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Acknowledgments Introduction
Common Men Uncommon Calling
PeterThe Apostle with the FootShaped Mouth
AndrewThe Apostle of Small Things
JamesThe Apostle of Passion
JohnThe Apostle of Love
PhilipThe Bean Counter
NathanaelThe Guileless
MatthewThe Tax Collector and ThomasThe Twin
JamesThe Less SimonThe Zealot and Judas Not IscariotThe Apostle with Three Names
JudasThe Traitor

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John MacArthur has served as the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since 1969. His ministry of expository preaching is unparalleled in its breadth and influence. In more than four decades of ministry from the same pulpit, he has preached verse by verse through the entire New Testament (and several key sections of the Old Testament). He is president of the Master’s University and Seminary and can be heard daily on the Grace to You radio broadcast (carried on hundreds of radio stations worldwide). He has authored a number of bestselling books, including Twelve Ordinary Men, and One Perfect Life.


For more details about John MacArthur and his Bible-teaching resources, contact Grace to You at 800-55-GRACE or


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