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Stand Firm: Living in a Post-Christian Culture (MacArthur)

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The Christian life is a war for holiness. Our calling to be set apart lands us in the cross hairs of a culture that opposes God’s truth. Even as the world around us is changing, our battle remains the same. To withstand the temptation to compromise in sin or retreat from suffering, Christians must hold fast to God’s Word. Only then can we live well for the Lord.

In Stand Firm: Living in a Post-Christian Culture, Dr. John MacArthur drafts biblical battle plans for maintaining a life of Christian faithfulness. God has revealed what kind of people we are to be in a hostile world, and by His Word and Spirit, He supplies us with everything we need to persevere in holiness, humility, and love.


Table of Contents:

  1. The Christian Life Means Being Called to Holiness
  2. The Christian Life Means Loving Your Neighbor and Your Enemy
  3. The Christian Life Means Loving until It Hurts
  4. The Christian Life Means Engaging in Prayer
  5. The Christian Life Means Repudiating the Myth of Influence
  6. The Christian Life Means Persevering to the End



Dr. John MacArthur is pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif., where he has served for nearly fifty years. He is also president of The Master’s College and Seminary and featured teacher on Grace to You, a radio program airing in dozens of countries.



“There is nothing better than following Christ, but there is also nothing harder than following Christ. With the care of a shepherd, Dr. John MacArthur takes us back to Scripture and instructs us how to be a Christian all over again. But he does so by invigorating us with a holy joy, a selfless love, and a sturdy humility. He takes us to our knees in prayer, not only to commune with the living God but to equip us with the grace needed to finish the race. Whether you are ready to begin the race or exhausted from running, Dr. MacArthur is ready to run by your side—even carry you to the finish line if he must—so that together you hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” If you want to know how to run like a Christian, then let this book be your coach.” —Dr. Matthew Barrett, Associate professor of Christian theology Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“In a society that increasingly looks like the infamous ancient city of Corinth, the church needs vigorous, strong, consistent, powerful Christians (1 Cor. 16:13–14). In this succinct, much needed, and highly recommended book, Dr. John MacArthur reminds us that true Christian power is not popularity or favor with this world, but the supernatural strength to persevere in uncompromising holiness, sacrificial love, and fervent prayer.” —Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President and professor of systematic theology and homiletics Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

“No one in our generation has stood stronger against the encroaching forces of worldliness that war against the Christian’s soul than Dr. John MacArthur. For over half a century in his pulpit at Grace Community Church, this premier expositor has upheld the high standard of pursuing personal holiness in the believer’s life. This book, Stand Firm, is filled with strong doctrine and sound wisdom for winning the battle against our three great enemies—the world, the flesh, and the devil. Read this book, and you will be well-prepared for spiritual victory.” —Dr. Steven J. Lawson, Founder and president OnePassion Ministries