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What Jesus Demands from the World (Paperback Edition) Paperback – January 11, 2011
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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 Kindle Edition edition.
“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. Köstenberger, Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, 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, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
“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, Professor of Systematic Theology, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas
“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 Philip, Senior Minister, The Tron Church, Glasgow
“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
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However, I have a disclaimer: I disagree with Piper's interpretation regarding his stance on marriage, divorce and remarriage. I believe God acknowledges divorce, thus, divorced people are not "married in God's eyes" til death. And I also believe that a Christian who divorces a spouse due to his or her unfaithfulness to the marriage bed has a Biblical, Jesus-ratified, reason for divorce, and is therefore "eligible," if you will, to re-marry another Christian. That is just one more example of Jesus' mercy and compassion on us humans. Betrayal of the marriage bed is a very tough thing to deal with.
Piper is a man who knows the meaning of grace, and thus as he expounds on Jesus' commands ("the demands" as Piper calls them), he does so in such a manner that the beauty of the teachings of Jesus shine forth on every page. This is a book to savor ... and one which the reader will likely want to re-read many times due to the comprehensive approach which the author has employed in gathering together everything Jesus taught by way of timeless commands.
The format of this book lends itself to being used as a daily resource for personal growth. Its profound and yet easily understood insights on such everyday realities as prayer, forgiveness, and faith (among 47 other topics) make it relevant to all of life, regardless of one's background. What could be more important than understanding what Jesus says we are to be doing in our lives? And who can better help us to grasp the rich meaning of what Jesus says, than this wise, humble, and extremely gifted writer -- John Piper? This is a must-read book. Get it and let it take you to the heart of Jesus' message to your life.
A feature of the book which many will appreciate is the way in which Piper has purposely crafted his material into 50 relatively brief chapters, each of which can be read without a big investment of time, and then reflected upon. The writing style is extremely reader-friendly, and the content is superb.
One final bonus is the quality of its binding. By being published as a hardback this is a book which has the potential of becoming a resource for a lifetime of growth. The focus of this book is so relevant to everyday life issues that it is one which the reader will want to keep close at hand for regular use. It really is that good!
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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