Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions (Third Edition)
This new edition of a bestselling textbook (over 185,000 copies sold) draws on key biblical texts to demonstrate that worship is the ultimate goal of the church and that proper worship fuels missionary outreach. John Piper offers a biblical defense...
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This new edition of a bestselling textbook (over 185,000 copies sold) draws on key biblical texts to demonstrate that worship is the ultimate goal of the church and that proper worship fuels missionary outreach. John Piper offers a biblical defense of God's supremacy in all things, providing readers with a sound theological foundation for missions. He examines whether Jesus is the only way to salvation and issues a passionate plea for God-centeredness in the missionary enterprise, seeking to define the scope of the task and the means for reaching "all nations."
The third edition has been revised and expanded throughout and includes new material on the prosperity gospel. The book is essential reading for those involved in or preparing for missions work. It also offers enlightenment for college and seminary students, pastors, youth workers, campus ministers, and all who want to connect their labors to God's global purposes.
Praise for the previous edition:"If I had to choose only one book on missions, Let the Nations Be Glad! would be it--precisely because it''s about so much more than missions. The book''s relentless God-centered focus, with its stress on worship as the ''fuel and goal of missions,'' provides the crucial biblical counterpoint to the anthropocentric drumbeat of our day. Don''t read it unless you''re willing to have your eyes reopened to the highest possible motive for being about the business of reaching the world for Christ."--Duane Litfin, president, Wheaton College"Piper reminds us that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him."--Elisabeth Elliot, author of Passion and Purity"At a time when the church seems to be majoring in minor factors in its marketing of missions, it is good to know that we have a new edition of the best biblical study there is on the nature of missions. The best, however, has become better! After building a solid biblical base, Piper confronts some burning issues in missions today in a way that is both spiritually nourishing and inspiringly readable."--Ajith Fernando, national director, Youth for Christ/Sri Lanka"John Piper''s revision of Let the Nations Be Glad! is a great example of what ''new and improved'' should mean. This edition contains enhanced and updated discussions and two new chapters that explore the practical implications of the central thesis, making it even more valuable than the original. Piper has taken an already significant book and updated and expanded it to make an invaluable resource that keeps worship at the center of the church''s purpose and shows both theologically and practically what that means for mission in the modern world. I will be drawing from his work in my thinking, teaching, and writing--in addition to my worshiping--for years to come. Missionaries, pastors, teachers, and laypeople with a thirst for God''s passion for himself and the peoples of the world will be challenged and encouraged. I offer it my highest recommendation."--A. Scott Moreau, editor, Evangelical Missions Quarterly"No one has done a better job of turning our faces and hearts toward the true and living God than John Piper. And just when you think you have heard all there is to hear on the topic, he shows up again with another biblically insightful nudge that confronts the smallness of our worldview with the global greatness of God''s passion for the lost. Please read this book."--Joseph M. Stowell, president, Cornerstone University"Success in world missions can inflate us with pride, and failure can crush us in despair. But John Piper, in Let the Nations Be Glad!, offers us a completely different way of thinking. His vision for missions is so God-filled that we will find incentives for rugged faithfulness that success cannot spoil and failure cannot quench. Densely packed, richly theological, faithfully biblical, thrillingly courageous, impressively thorough--Let the Nations Be Glad! is the best book on missions I have ever read."--Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., senior pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee"Passion. Theology. Exegesis. Relevance. John Piper weaves them all together in Let the Nations Be Glad!"--Leith Anderson, president, National Association of Evangelicals"Let the Nations Be Glad! is the most important book on missions for this generation, and I hope it will be the most influential as well. John Piper places missions where it belongs: at the heart of God''s desire to be glorified among the nations. The glory of God is the beginning and end of all true theology--and all authentic missions. When we understand that God deserves the glory of the nations, and when we see a vision of the nations'' gladness before him, missions is transformed in our minds--and in our hearts."--R. Albert Mohler Jr., president, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary"I am delighted that this book has been revised and is being republished. I place it among the top ten books relating to world e
John Stephen Piper was born 11 January 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper. The Pipers soon moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. His father was an itinerant evangelist who also ministered through international radio and Bible courses. John has written a tribute to his mother, who died in 1974, in the booklet, What's the Difference (Crossway Books, 1990) which is also chapter one of the book, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Crossway Books, 1991).
At Wheaton College (1964-68), John majored in Literature and minored in Philosophy. Studying Romantic Literature with Clyde Kilby stimulated the poetic side of his nature and today he regularly writes poems to celebrate special family occasions and rich, biblical truths. At Wheaton John also met Noel Henry whom he married in 1968.
Following college, John completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (1968-71). While at Fuller, John discovered the writings of Jonathan Edwards.
John did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, Munich, West Germany (1971-74). His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House (and is now available through Crossway). Upon completion of his doctorate, he went on to teach Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota for six years (1974-80).
In 1980, sensing an irresistible call to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for 33 years, until 2013. Together with his people, John was dedicated to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ - a mission he continues now for the wider church through the ministry of desiringGod.org. John says of his ministry:
"The ministry of preaching is the central labor of my life. My prayer is that through that ministry and everything else I do the great glory of our God and Savior Jesus Christ would be magnified as more and more people come to live out the obedience of faith more and more deeply."
John is the author of over 50 books and now frequently travels to speak, and writes regularly, through Desiring God.
John and Noel have four sons, a daughter, and twelve grandchildren.
- Preface To The Third Edition<br>foreword: New Realities In World Christianity And Twelve Appeals To Prosperity Preachers<br>part 1: Making God Supreme In Missions: The Purpose, The Power, And The Price<br>1. The Supremacy Of God In Missions Through Worship<br>2. The Supremacy Of God In Missions Through Prayer<br>3. The Supremacy Of God In Missions Through Suffering<br>part 2: Making God Supreme In Missions: The Necessity And Nature Of The Task<br>4. The Supremacy Of Christ As The Conscious Focus Of All Saving Faith<br>5. The Supremacy Of God Among "all The Nations"<br>part 3: Making God Supreme In Missions: The Practical Outworking Of Compassion And Worship<br>6. A Passion For God's Supremacy And Compassion For Man's Soul: Jonathan Edwards On The Unity Of Motives For World Missions<br>7. The Inner Simplicity And Outer Freedom Of Worldwide Worship<br>conclusion<br>afterword By Tom Steller: The Supremacy Of God In Going And Sending<br>indexes<br>a Note On Resources: Desiring God