Christ's Call to Reform the Church Review

Book Review: 

When I picked up this book, I was excited. After all, it’s about the 7 churches in Revelation 2-3, a book I have studied intensely for a long time. While I was not expecting any new “revelation,” I was hoping to see some insight into the passages I had never seen before.

Unfortunately, what I found was a very academic look at the passages. And while I did enjoy reading specific details about the cities and their churches, the book seemed to lack a practical element until the last chapter. But this does not detract from the truth of these practical elements.

The elements of trusting in Scripture alone (sola scriptura), justification through faith alone (sola fide) and by grace alone (sola gratia), glorification of God alone (soli deo gloria), and salvation through Christ alone (solus christus) are timeless messages from Scripture we must hold to. I do appreciate MacArthur bringing us back to the simple truth’s brought out in the reformation. However, I do think it would have been better to focus on each element with each church than just bring them up at the end. I will give 3 stars out of 5 for a good read that takes us back to the basics of Christianity.