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"God has appointed preaching in worship as one great means of accomplishing his ultimate goal in the world." --John Piper
John Piper makes a compelling claim in these pages about the purpose of preaching: it is intended not merely as an explanation of the text but also as a means of awakening worship by being worship in and of itself. Christian preaching is a God-appointed miracle aiming to awaken the supernatural seeing, savoring, and showing of the glory of Christ.
Distilling over forty years of experience in preaching and teaching, Piper shows preachers how and what to communicate from God's Word, so that God's purpose on earth will advance through Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting, God-centered preaching--in other words, expository exultation.
This book explores how Charles Spurgeon's, George Mueller's and Hudson Taylor's trust in God's sovereignty fuelled their faith, enabling them to live in obedience, persevere through hardships and bear fruit for the glory of God.These inspiring biographies will speak into our twenty-first-century lives. Says the author, 'What they have to teach us and show us about the camaraderie of confidence for the glory of God is enormous. Let them lead you into a life of greater faith and joy and radical commitment to Christ's mission in this world.'
John Piper shares ten beliefs he brought with him to hospital, and ten lessons from his hospital bed.With deep pastoral insight, practical wisdom and sensitivity, he encourages others in hospital to look beyond their circumstances. This can be a deeply meaningful time in which to draw from God's wisdom, trust him and rest in his love.
Here are three influential Christians whose work exhibited a love for beauty and a commitment to truth. Whether discussing George Herbert's poetry, George Whitefield's preaching or C. S. Lewis's writing, the author leads us to rediscover the importance of vigorous creative effort in loving God and spreading the good news about Jesus. New facets of truth emerge as the author explores poetic eloquence and creative expression in their ministries and works.
This is a book to help Christians to think about thinking. Focusing on the life of the mind helps us to know God better, love him more, and care for the world. Along with an emphasis on emotions and the experience of God, we also need to practise careful thinking about God. Piper contends that 'thinking is indispensable on the path to passion for God'. So how are we to maintain a healthy balance of mind and heart, thinking and feeling? Piper urges us to think for the glory of God. He demonstrates from Scripture that glorifying God with our minds and hearts is not either-or, but both-and. Thinking carefully about God fuels passion and affections for God. Likewise, Christ-exalting emotion leads to disciplined thinking. Readers will be reminded that 'the mind serves to know the truth that fuels the fires of the heart'.
This Momentary Marriage unpacks the biblical vision for marriage, its unexpected contours, and its weighty implications for married, single, divorced and remarried alike. There has never been a generation who has had a high enough view of marriage. And this is even more true today. Though selfishness and cultural bondage obstruct the wonder of God's purpose, his vision for marriage in the Bible frees us from small, romance-intoxicated views. As John Piper explains, 'Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God. It displays the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people to the world in a way that no other event or institution does. Marriage, therefore, is not mainly about being in love. It is mainly about telling the truth with our lives. And staying married is not about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant and putting the glory of Christ's covenant-keeping love on display.' Reflecting on forty years of marriage to Noel, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of marriage, exhorting couples to keep their covenant, for all the best reasons.
Beyond the tough love of covenant-keeping is a warmth and tenderness that can't be denied. So while John Piper's This Momentary Marriage focuses on the theological meaning of marriage, its companion volume, Velvet Steel, reveals the rich, emotional dimension.
Within these pages Piper shares a series of poems written for his wife, Noel, during the first forty-two years of their relationship, starting from the day of their engagement. In it he provides readers with a taste of one man's tender affections for his wife-poems that he hopes will fan into flame readers' affections for their own spouses and ultimately for the Maker of marriage.
John Piper recounts the story of William Wilberforce: his fight for the abolition of the African slave trade and against slavery in the British Empire, and the beliefs and motivations that drove him for decades in the face of obstacles.
Experience the Lifelong Pleasures of Knowing God
"You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life?
It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes
away" (James 4:14).
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