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The Red Saka yJohn Piper s volume Let The Nations Be Glad presents a cogent clear and commendable case for making world missions a celebrated means rather than a mere necessary end Missions books often promote a view that the end goal of missions is to make missionaries train them and get them into the field As long as we have gotten them there we have achieved our goal Piper does not move so fast Missions he says is not the end It is the means Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church Worship is Missions exists because worship doesn t What is the glorious goal of missions It is nothing less than the collective peoples of the earth together treasuring the glory of God in the face of Christ That is the end for which the means of mission was purposed and worship prayer and suffering the book s three pronged first part are integral in getting us thereTHE CONTENTSSpace allows only a brief survey of the books contents so we will glimpse them in short In the first chapter Piper introduces the supremacy of God in missions through worship Here Piper establishes his foundation that worship is ultimate because God is ultimate and the grateful acknowledgement of his supremacy worship is what we are seeking when we involve ourselves in missions Chapter two issues a call to prayer We the church have received our marching orders Go intoour room and shut the door and pray to our Father who is in secret Matthew 66 We are to pray without ceasing 1 Thessalonians 517 For missions to succeed we must plead prayerfully putting the fruitful outcome of missions under the sovereign mercy of God In chapter three Piper richly portrays how the inevitable life of suffering brought by the pursuit of missions is a life most worthy of living Whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel s will save it Mark 835 Jim Elliot a missionary martyr among the Auca natives of Ecuador would agree He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose Chapter four preaches Christ as the only means to salvation from the horrors of hell as the object of conscious saving faith Piper here does nothing less than radically draw our eyes to the depths and trepidations of the biblical doctrine of hell and the heights and rising peaks of God s love for us in Christ as the only Savior from it This is perhaps one of the greatest contributions of this book Piper closes in the final chapters by in chapter five defining missions not according to love but by God It is God and his acknowledged glory which must be the foundation for our understanding of missions not love for the souls of nations Chapter six and seven end the volume with a survey of the life of Jonathan Edwards and an elaboration on Piper s purpose for writing the bookTHE AUDIENCEFor whom is the book written Let The Nations Be Glad is written with the Christian lay believer and the Christian pastor in mind With some careful attention a non believer will likely be able to follow along Yet I do not see it likely they will be interested in what is here The volume is no holds bar black coffee Christianity the real stuff Piper does not cut corners He opens the Bible with lucidity and without apology Yet in doing so he is sure to assume nothing of his reader That is a good thing He is plain in speech thorough in explanations and sometimes tediously clear in his arguments so clear that sometimes a rarity the broader scope is clouded in the slow belaboring of excessive detail I experienced this in chapter 5 where Piper sets forth an extended
ARGUMENTATION ON WHAT HE SEES AS on what he sees as correct way to interpret panta ta ethne all nations in Matthew 2820 Piper may be justified in his laborious defense for how we interpret all nations will determine in large part our view of the extent of the great commission one of Christ s final commands and a battle cry for Christian missions Is Christ telling us to go to all nations all ethnic groups all individual unsaved Gentiles or something else entirely Yet the point could have been received with immediateness were there a succinct presentation Overall Piper approaches and touches on many strong complex theological arguments while keeping his prose at a simple level of reading He brings the reader along with himMEDITATION A LOVE OF THINGSEvery now and again as one reads a book uncovering some distant theological landscape or familiarizing oneself with a new spiritual topic a sentence will suddenly leap from the page gripping the reader and making so forceful an impression as to change them in their seat The mind stops The book falls into the lap A deeper reflection is prompted This did not happen for me in my reading of Let The Nations Be Glad Yet there were two times that came close One statement I found worthy of meditation was in the third chapter Piper wrote It will be difficult to bring the nations to love God from a lifestyle that communicates a love of things It is a statement innocuous enough et it deeply struck me first because of the overwhelming consensus today that material things are of all things most dear Things hold an inordinate sway on us all We are blind men materialists consumed by the physical and averse to the spiritual Yet this is not how it ought to be and we believers who share Piper s passion spiritual Yet this is not how it ought to be and we believers who share Piper #S Passion The Supremacy Of God Must Feel This Incongruency #passion the supremacy of God must feel this incongruency How unseeing are we of our stinginess Are we giving sacrificially to the labor of the gospel in our local church Are we demonstrating love for things of God by taking responsibility for our church pursuing membership and involving ourselves financially in its well being and continued sustenance Supporting its missionaries Its pastors We are told Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation Mark 1615 We may well do this leaving our homes to evangelize the greater world Yet what of it if we come with the wealth of Westerners It would be delusional to think we can preach a gospel of grace with our mouths and not preach the prosperity gospel with our lives We can and we do Piper s statement jarred me into wondering how Why do we do missions We are told by Jesus to preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations So missions is duty right Wrong If Nijinsky And Romola you do missions purely from a sense of dutyou will not honor those Lindsay and the Lifeguards you are reaching out to nor willou truly honor God Duty is the wrong place to look so where do we find the answer to why we do missions We turn according to John Piper to worship In our worship of God we encounter God's glory The overflow from our worship is a desire to share God's glory with others the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever and we naturally become missional When Jesus was asked what the kingdom of God was like he compared it to a pearl so valuable that one would sell all they owned simply to possess it Does that seem like duty to ou Instead Jesus calls us to a new mindset which. ,
Summary Let the Nations Be Glad The Supremacy of God in MissionsAnd as a resource for all of my life and ministry It s hard for me to rate this book On the one hand it s a great entry level book on missions I would gladly hand it to someone who had no theological background and tell them to read it and learn about the importance of worship and missions On the other hand it s far from the best book on missions I ve ever read I m actually astonished to see that blurb from Dr Ortlund on the back of this book This is very basic stuff To call this book dense is insulting to theologians who really wrestle with some of the issues Piper addresses here For instance instead of engaging with annihilationists Piper just throws proof texts at them this isn t surprising for anyone who has read Piper he is incapable of arguing and engaging those he disagrees with He j This is a book I ll be referencing and recommending for a long time Piper is unrelenting and detailed in his arguments and I ve come away with a healthier and God glorifying view of God Read this book Wow As anyone who knows me knows I of course love John Piper s writing preaching and ministry However I hadn t read this book since I was in college I think 7 ears ago I remembered it being great but it was even better this time than expectedPiper s esteem for God among the nations is so uniue and contagious And not only that his ability to piece together biblical texts and ideas is incredible I could write a praise for each of the chaptersBut I just want to point out one chapter that I thought was ministry changing and so exceptional Chapter 5 The Supremacy of God among All the Nations In this 50 page chapter the longest in the book Piper argues and proves biblically that God s heart and call in missions is not to cross cultures so that the maximum number of individuals be saved rather God s will for missions is that every people group be reached with the testimony of Christ and that a people be called out for his name from all the nations 179In other words God s call to the church isn t to save as many individuals as possible per se it s to gather his elect from every people group Jesus did not send his apostles out with a general mission merely to win as many individuals as they could but rather to reach all the peoples of the world 211And just to be clear Piper isn t just saying this He proves it robustly from the Bible It s fascinatingThis seriously is so revolutionary to ministry The goal of God in missions in the Bible is not mainly to evangelize as many individuals but the people groups Perhaps we ve missed this in modern American evangelicalismMore could be said but I recommend the book to anyone especially chapter 5It s not the easiest to read at times because Piper is thorough and wants to prove his points are from the Bible but definitely worth reading It ll stir our heart for God s global purpose of missions reaching the people groups of the world with the glorious gospel of Christ Warning Contains powerful emotional and scriptural truth If ou want our view of missions to remain unaltered do not read this book Probably shouldn t give it just four stars I don t know I m extremely familiar with this book because I had to teach through it I think my reasoning for not giving it 5 stars is that it seemed to lack unity at certain parts Some of his key themes and proposals just needed to be stated times throughout the bookIt seemed from a redaction perspective as if he was just piecing together various texts he s already written on Christian hedonism exclusivism vs inclusivism universalism and some new material he had developed on the people group motifI would have appreciated overlap in themes integrationThat said the section on people groups in its historical context is very valuable to read His two sinking ships example is almost famous in missiological circles He was writing close enough to The Ralph Winter S Ralph Winter s at the Lausanne Conference that most of his support for it is raw and beautifully naive It s excellent persuasive readingHis section on inclusivism and exclusivism is to me the best new contribution from a history of Piper s theology standpoint He s so good at arguing the case for inclusivism that he dedicated an entire book to it isbn0801072638 in which he uses most of the material in these chaptersAnd of course his section on why missions exists because worship doesn t is why ou bought the book if ou did It s Christian hedonism at its best They provide most of this section in the Perspectives coursebook because it is so good Incredible book by a Spirit empowered man that taught me to understand the purpose of missions Many important truths regarding missions such as this fact Worship is the goal and fuel of missions Perhaps my biggest takeaway from this book was actually some of its periphereal ideas Such as the idea that God is not seeking to be glorified by saving as many people as possible speaking uantitatively but as many peoples as possible This actually comes much later in the book after Piper has laid much foundation for the goal and fuel of
"Missions Worship But It Struck "worship but it struck as something I haven t heard people speak of By peoples Piper is pointing out that the Scriptures in their entirety point toward a missions that has its scope in reaching as many people groups as possible in our offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed Genesis 2218 And specifically Genesis 123 in ou all the families of the earth shall be blessed The amazing truth that Piper unfolds is that God has in mind not simply geopolitical unities but people groups and especially families the Hebrew of which clearly refers to clan like tribe subcultures How specific is the mission To bring before the throne of God in worship people out of every family of the earth
Very Encouraging To Me To Consider Thisencouraging to me to consider this what families or subcultures or clans near and far is there no Gospel witness Are there subcultures in my own state that don t have a Gospel witness May the Lord send us and empower us for the work of bringing people to worship His great Name Amen. Le into heaven although that is important as well Instead through missions we should always seek to make as many people as possible into true worshipers into those fully satisfied with the greatness of God With that mindset missions becomes a joyous experience as we joyfully share the life changing presence of God in our lives with those who don't know God When we have made worship both the fuel and goal of all our missionary endeavors we realize that missions is not a recruitment project for God's labor force It is a liberation project from the heavy burdens and hard okes of other gods Missions is never a burden because it comes out of our overwhelming joy in God's grace and mercy and we just want to share that joy So make God the center of The Book of the Honda S2000 your missions work and joyfully share what He has graciously given too.