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The Supremacy of God in Preaching

The Supremacy of God in Preaching [Kindle Edition]

John Piper
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"Calls us back to a biblical standard for preaching, a standard exemplified by many of the pulpit giants of the past, especially Jonathan Edwards and Charles Spurgeon."--Warren W. Wiersbe

"The Bible is not a book of practical suggestions on how to live a better adjusted life. The Bible is a revelation of God. The Supremacy of God in Preaching reminds preachers of what we easily forget to our peril and the peril of the people in our care."--Haddon Robinson

"John Piper passionately and prophetically calls all preachers to make God supreme over any method and in every message. The plan is too simple for a fallen world to notice and too powerful for a faithful preacher to ignore."--Dr. Bryan Chapell

"The Supremacy of God in Preaching is one of the few truly indispensable books on gospel ministry."--Philip Graham Ryken

"Occasionally, among the myriads of books for ministers, a work appears so seminal to the preacher's calling that it can safely be said: 'This is a must read.' The Supremacy of God in Preaching is such a book."--Sinclair B. Ferguson

"Here's a book that every preacher should read at least once a year. This book is a powerful antidote to the unbalanced, self-centered preaching of today."--Erwin W. Lutzer

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John Piper is the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and founder of Desiring God Ministries. He is the author of numerous books, including Let the Nations Be Glad! and Desiring God.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 648 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; Revised edition (1 Feb. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Inspiring Book on Preaching I Have Read 6 Sept. 2003
This is a thrilling book, which should convince those called to preach of the importance and joy of such a call. Here are a few quotes from the book which will give you a small indication of its helpfulness:
"People are starving for the greatness of God ... The majesty of God is an unknown cure ... Preaching that does not have the aroma of God's greatness may entertain for a season, but it will not touch the hidden cry of the soul..."
"God saves people from everlasting ruin through preaching."
"No man can give the impression that he himself is clever and that Christ is mighty to save." [a quote from James Denney]
"Don't strive to be a kind of preacher. Strive to be a kind of person."
The book has only 102 pages of text, but contains much more help than any number of longer books.
Buy one for yourself and one to give to friends in the ministry.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than transmitting information 18 Jun. 2004
Most of the time contemporary preaching appears to be about the transfer of information from one person to another. John Piper lifts our horizons to see it as a beautiful task in faith building to glorify God, rooted deeply in the truth of the Bible but displaying Christ wonderfully before people to capture their affection in worship of Him for his ultimate glory.
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This is an inspiring little book about preaching, about the sovereignty and glory of God, and about the American preacher and theologian Jonathan Edwards, who was so instrumental in the 18th century 'Great Awakening'.

It renewed my vision of what God wants to accomplish through preaching, and (to quote one chapter title) the 'gladness and gravity' of the task.

There's barely a wasted word as Piper sets out the goal of preaching (the glory of God); the ground of preaching (the Cross of Christ); and the gift of preaching (the power of the Holy Spirit).

Part Two is a potted account of the life and ministry of Jonathan Edwards, and the climax of the book is the final chapter, where Piper distils from Edwards' preaching ten characteristics which are still so needed today.

To do all this in 100 pages is remarkable!

It's a wonderful book, and not just for preachers. Any Christian would benefit hugely from thinking through what preaching should be all about, and would be inspired by Jonathan Edwards' vision of life and the glory of God.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A God-centered beacon to preachers 27 Sept. 1999
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In this self-centered age that is increasingly saturated with self-gratification, in the Church as well as out, this book is a God-centered beacon to preachers. It's been 30 years since J.B. Phillips published "Your God is too Small," and our popular conception of God certainly hasn't gotten any bigger since then.
John Piper caught his God-centered vision of preaching (and all of life), from Jonathan Edwards, and in this concise little book he ably passes that vision on to the reader with a heart for God. When I am feeling dragged down by things of the spirit of this age, I find this little book always able to lift me back up into heavenly places.
What we need in our churches, in this shallow age in which we're living, is for our preachers to be set on fire with the God-centered, God-magnifying, God-glorifying vision of preaching which this thoroughly Biblical book inspires! Much thanks to John Piper, for his faithfulness to God...and Glory to God, for gifting men like Piper and Edwards with a passion for His Glory, and the gift to so ably communicate that passion! Sola Deo Gloria!
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion in the Pulpit! 21 April 2004
By John Botkin - Published on
John Piper is the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Here he expertly and passionately brings together belief and practice. The Supremacy of God in Preaching is divided into two major sections. The first section is entitled "Why God Should be Supreme in Preaching." Within this section, Piper has written four chapters. These chapters present what he considers to be, "The Goal of Preaching," "The Ground of Preaching," "The Gift of Preaching," and the "Gravity and Gladness of Preaching."
Within this first section, Piper shows God-centered preaching in a Trinitarian way. The first three chapters focus on the role of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in preaching. The first chapter exhorts the preacher to exhort the Scriptures for the glory of God alone. Through the submission of the expositor to the faithful handling of the Word, Piper exhorts that all should be done to bring glory to God. Piper is quick to point out in the next chapter, however, that the "most fundamental problem of preaching is how a preacher can proclaim hope to sinners in view of God's unimpeachable righteousness." The solution to this problem is Jesus Christ. The Cross is God's solution to the sin of man and problem of revealing His glory to him. Piper goes on to demonstrate that the empowerment of the Holy Spirit is the only way in which the preacher can accomplish his goals. The fourth chapter presents the bittersweet aspect of presenting God's Word from the pulpit. In the chapter called the "Gravity and Gladness of Preaching," Piper acknowledges that the preacher should take great joy in his pulpit ministry. However, if he preaches without earnestness for his people, he has failed. Piper looks to great expositors of the past and concludes that their success was not dependent on their style of delivery, but rather on their "blood-earnestness."
The second major section of the book focuses on observing a practical outworking of the principles that Piper set forth in the first section of the book. In "How to Make God Supreme in Preaching: Guidance from the Ministry of Jonathan Edwards," Piper examines the pulpit ministry of the famous American Theologian Jonathan Edwards. From Edward's messages, Piper develops three principles: "Keep God Central," "Submit to Sweet Sovereignty," and "Make God Supreme." Here, Piper examines in brief detail three areas of Jonathan Edwards: his life, his theology, and his preaching. In all of these things, Piper shows where he drew the basis for this book. For it was Edwards himself who was the model for the advice and exhortation that Piper provides here. This section allows the reader to see the first four chapters in the life of a real person. It allows the reader to go deeper than the theoretical and see the impact of implementing the principles in "real life."
One can present nothing but high praise for the work he has seen. In his pursuit to demonstrate the Supremacy of God in Preaching, Piper has not only displayed a Biblical precedent for such a concept, but also illustrates it through the examination of the ministry of a man that God used mightily. By examining passages out of Romans, Isaiah, and Matthew, Piper clearly builds his case that preaching should seek to give glory to the Father by focusing on the Son and being empowered by the Spirit.
One of the most helpful sections in demonstrating his points through the ministry of Jonathan Edwards comes in the final chapter. Piper does not make the mistake of just exhorting one to adhere to a theological concept. Instead, he gives the reader ten specific ways in which to make God supreme in preaching. Such advice as "saturating" sermons with Scripture, being broken and tenderhearted, and being intense allow the reader to make particular changes to their approach to preaching that will enable one to make God supreme in their preaching.
Piper's writing style is also worth mentioning. Unlike other some books and articles by various well-educated men who have difficulty relating their knowledge in writing, Piper does not suffer from this problem. His writing style is very fluid and almost conversational in nature. Yet, he still leaves the reader feeling as if he has read something that has some theological depth to it. Piper is able to communicate the message of his book and at the same time convey his passion for the subject. One of the best examples of this comes in the retelling of his call to ministry in the first chapter.
The most obvious choice for the readership of this book would be pastors. The writer of this paper would recommend that anyone who preaches read this book. It will help to focus the speaker's priorities in preparation and presentation of God's Word. As noted above, Piper also gives examples of how this is worked out in the everyday life and weekly preaching of the pastor through Jonathan Edwards. In presenting the material this way, Piper allows the pastor to see the impact of carrying out this mindset in one's ministry.
I believe Piper has succeeded in his goal of showing God to be supreme in preaching. He has done so both in prescription from the Scriptures and in description from the ministry of Jonathan Edwards. Through the Biblical soundness and passion of his writing, Piper presents an irrefutable case for the supremacy of God in preaching.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Preaching as only God can Inspire! 14 Aug. 2000
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John Piper does a wonderful job of reminding preachers of our first duty; to glorify God! I am still young in my ministry and have been both the deliverer and the recepient of dull sermons that either take eisegesis or exegesis to the extreme: missing the point of the text. This book is a direct attack on man-centered theology and sermons, a welcome attack I might add. I would advise any preacher/Bible study leader/Christian interested in substance to buy this book. It can be read in one sitting and deserves to be re-read.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Passionate Preaching 15 July 2000
By Brian G Hedges - Published on
Piper applies his basic theology - "God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him" - to the realm of preaching. He pleas for glad preaching from pastors who have been ravished by the glory of God through the cross of Christ and are empowered by the Holy Spirit. And he presents as a wonderful model the New England pastor-theologian, Jonathan Edwards. This is not the most technical book on preaching you will ever read. But it may be the most passionate call for power in the pulpit that you will ever consider. If I was training pastors, this would be required reading for every student!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Piper: the modern authority on the Sovereignty of God 20 Jun. 2000
By Brian Douglas - Published on
I've read many of John Piper's books, and I have concluded that he is a passionate man, a man who truly pursues God with his life. This book reflects that. Piper applies the principle of God's Sovereignty to preaching in his usual passionate, concise style: Preaching should be God-centered because the Bible, our faith, our salvation, and our very existence are God-centered. This is a very helpful book for any person who teaches the Word of God.
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