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"This is now my favorite book by John Piper. In the best tradition of Adolf Schlatter's Do We Know Jesus? and his `hermeneutic of perception.' What Jesus Demands from the World has changed my life and will certainly change yours because it is based on the pure words of Jesus as revealed in the four Gospels. A must-read for every follower of Christ. " -- Andreas J. Kostenberger, Editor, Journal of the Evangelical Society, Professor of New Testament and Director of Ph. D. Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.


"The Christian gospel is more than just a wonderful offer of saving grace; it is a demand for supreme loyalty, for surrender to the lordship of Jesus. We forget this too easily in our contemporary church, besieged as we are by a philosophy of pluralism that rejects ultimate authority and a culture of rights that scorns submissiveness. But John Piper reminds us of the real truth: obedience to Christ's commands is our absolute duty; yet, paradoxically, in his service is perfect freedom and joy!"
William J.U. Phillip, Minister, St George's-Tron Church, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

"John Piper reveals in his 'Word to Biblical Scholars' his familiarity with the literature and subject matter of the life and teachings of Jesus, and in his comments on the individual demands of Jesus he applies them to everyday living."
Robert H. Stein, Senior Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"This is now my favorite book by John Piper. In the best tradition of Adolf Schlatter's Do We Know Jesus? and his 'hermeneutic of perception,' What Jesus Demands from the World has changed my life and will certainly change yours because it is based on the pure words of Jesus as revealed in the four Gospels. A must-read for every true follower of Christ."
Andreas J. Kostenberger, Senior Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Director of Ph.D. Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"This book is a special gift from the pen of John Piper. How long has it been since you carefully reflected upon the authoritative commands of Christ? Through these pages you will encounter the Savior and experience the transforming effects of the gospel. Few endeavors are more worthy of your time."
C. J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries

"Scholars, popularists, and now even novelists are falling over each other today in a blind passion to discover an alternative Jesus to the One so magnificently portrayed in the biblical Gospels. In stark and refreshing contrast John Piper clear-sightedly grasps the obvious-the biblical Jesus is worth living for and dying for."
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

"This is a peculiar book. It assumes that the four Gospels are true and unified. It assumes that Jesus not only does things for us but also makes demands of us. And it assumes that Jesus has authority over everyone regardless of their religion, gender, race, income, sexuality, nationality, or culture. You will likely not agree with every point. But you will hear from a Jesus who is more than a soft-spoken, effeminate, marginalized, Galilean hippie-peasant in a dress and has the peculiar notion that he alone is Lord."
Mark Driscoll, Founding Pastor, Mars Hill Church, Seattle; President, the Resurgence


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; 1St Edition edition (September 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581348452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581348453
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of more than 50 books, and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free of charge at John and his wife, Noël, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful By James John Hollandsworth, M.D. VINE VOICE on October 4, 2006
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"What Jesus Demands From the World" is not the right title for this book.

Instead, Crossway should re-title it:

The Demand-Driven Life:

Finding a Life of Incredible Joy by Following the Demands of Jesus

Why? Because living a life of incredible joy is the result of reading this book and following it.

What does it really mean to be a follower of Christ? You would think it would simply mean looking at what Jesus commanded us to do and then doing it. And this is what Piper does in 400 pages: taking what Jesus actually said in the gospels, and then simply but profoundly expounding on why and how Jesus demands that we live it out.

Starting with Jesus' demand to Nicodemus "You must be born again" and then continuing through loving and abiding in Him, taking up our cross, praying, humility, service, marriage, witness, and others, in fifty short chapters Piper covers all of Christ's demands upon our lives.

I've read hundreds of fine books that gave me valuable insights into the Christian life, but this magnum opus brings it all into one volume. Truly, if you could give a person only one book in his entire life besides the Scriptures, only one book that would tell him all he would need to know to understand what Christianity is and then how to walk with Jesus, this would be the book. Seriously. This book, like no other, lays everything out, in impeccable theology but brought down to a rubber-meets-the-road level. Chapter after chapter will have you saying stuff like, "Well, that's the best short explanation of what prayer should be in a Christian's life that I've ever read."

It really is not hype or my typical John Piper fervor to say to you that this book needs to be read by every Christian. Read it as a devotional, use it as a group study, give it to a new Christian, or go through it with your family: buy this book.
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53 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lamey on November 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I think John Piper is one of the uniquely prophetic voices in our day (in the forth telling sense). I like Piper a lot and I believe he has made a number of unique contributions to the modern evangelical church at large. However I'm not what some would call a "Piperite". I would agree with the man himself who has said on many occasions that if you have read one of his books then you've read them all. My favorite book up to this point has been "Brothers, we are not professionals". In the age of the CEO-styled pastor, this book needed to be written and its message heard. I hope it continues to enjoy a wide readership. Buy it for your pastor and make him read it.

However, Piper has turned a corner in his latest offering that doesn't smell like warmed-over "Christian Hedonism." Not that the "hedonism" line of thought doesn't ring true for me, it does, it only took one book for me to get what he was saying. His latest book, "What Jesus Demands from the World" is a home-run and major work exalting the rightful Lordship of Jesus Christ over all things but especially over His own sheep. This book has a different feel that doesn't come off novel or "cutting edge." Could it be due to the fact that Piper is now a well-seasoned pastor with battle scars and deeper life experiences (e.g. cancer)? Whatever the background, I think the message of this book rings true because it drips with the words of the Evangel.

There are fifty chapters which summarize what Piper calls the "demands" of the Gospel. Every chapter forces the reader to come face to face with Jesus' Lordship and the daily demands of following Christ. The book's message doesn't seem like it's forced into a pre-conceived mission statement but it just flows in thoughtful prose and penetrating exposition of the Gospel.
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52 of 65 people found the following review helpful By The Persistent Widow on December 6, 2013
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A book could be written to refute the errors pertaining to divorce, (demands #40-42, pp.301-322) in John Piper's, "What Jesus Demands from the World". The premise of these demands is that all marriage is created by God and all divorce is sin. He erroneously teaches that because the New Covenant, the covenant between Christ and his church which is indissoluble only because it is guaranteed by God, is the pattern for human marriage and ALL marriages are also indissoluble. "And the point is that each marriage is "joined" in this way by God, because he tells us not to separate" (p.303.) Yet, through Piper's problematic doctrine, he ignores that God required the Israelites to divorce their foreign wives in Ezra 10. How is it then that Piper can accurately teach that God forbids divorce in ALL circumstances?

On page 301, the first sentence of his divorce discourse, he writes, "Jesus demands that husbands and wives be faithful to their marriages." What follows is a wooden hermeneutic that forces faithfulness to the marriage institution, devoid of concern for persons, exactly as the Pharisees did in their rigid interpretation of the Sabbath (Mark 2: 23-28). For example, he writes that the marriage is still to be considered intact even if one of the parties has abandoned the other, which means that the abandoned spouse is NOT free to remarry. On page 310, he writes, "The woman who is forsaken by a man who leaves to marry another is called by Jesus to display the holiness of her marriage vows and the nature of the marriage covenant by not marrying another." Again, Piper writes on page 311, "This would mean that remarriage is wrong not merely when a person is guilty in the process of divorce, but also when a person is innocent.
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