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Supremacy of God in Preaching, The [Paperback]

By John Piper (Author)
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This newly revised edition is an essential guide for preachers who want to stir the embers of revival. Piper focuses his study on the example of Jonathan Edwards as an illustration of a leader who submitted to God.

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According to Warren Wiersbe, "The Supremacy of God in Preaching" "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." This newly revised edition is an essential guide for preachers who want to stir the embers of revival. Piper focuses his study on the example of Jonathan Edwards as an illustration of a leader who submitted to God.

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Studio: Baker Books
Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.51" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.36 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 5, 2012
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0801065046  
ISBN13  9780801065040  

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More About John Piper

John Piper John Piper, the preaching pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1980, is the author of numerous books" "and a senior writer for "World "magazine,"" He received his doctorate in theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College, St. Paul, before becoming a pastor. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons and one daughter.

SPANISH BIO: John Piper es pastor de Bethlehem Baptist Church, en Mineapolis. Sus muchos libros incluyen: Cuando no deseo a Dios, No desperdicies tu vida, Lo que Jesus exige del mundo.

John Piper currently resides in Minneapolis, in the state of Minnesota. John Piper was born in 1946.

John Piper has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Coleccion Teologica Contemporanea: Estudios Ministeriales
  2. Essential Edwards Collection
  3. John Piper Small Group
  4. Lifechange Books
  5. Swans Are Not Silent

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On Target On The Foundation Of Preaching; A Very Influential Book.  Jan 2, 2007
This book has been an influence in my life, both on the major and minor aspects of the book.

First, Piper teaches that the purpose of preaching is for the glory of God. The ground is the cross. How often does a sermon seem to have nothing to do with God, but focusing more on what we are to do than what He has done?

The first part of the book deals with God being supreme in preaching. The second part gives a practical application through the life of Jonathan Edwards.

The basic theme is enough to influence one to focus his preaching on God's supremacy.

There are a couple of minor portions of this book that influenced me that I'd like to touch on. These are my personal impressions; count these as a bonus.

My first comment is on his selection of Jonathan Edwards. Piper commented in seminary he was encouraged to absorb a theologian; his choice was (surprise!) Jonathan Edwards. I have mixed feelings. I feel a Christian in general and a pastor in specific should focus on Scripture, and that it may lead a Christian astray to focus on one fellow disciple to absorb. However, if I was to choose a theologian, I would make it two, and choose Tertullian and Athanatius.

The other source of influence is a source of comfort and encouragement to me. Piper wrote on page 19, ". . . you can mark it down that if you are a preacher God will hide from you much of the fruit he causes in your ministry. You will see enough to be assured of his blessing, but not so much as to think you could live without it. For God aims to exalt himself, not the preacher."
Should have been titled "Supremacy of Johnathan Edwards"  Nov 3, 2006
This is an inspiring review of a powerful and gifted preacher - Johnathan Edwards. While very interesting, the title led me to expect a broader inspiration of the supremacy of GOD in preaching, not a focus on Edwards.

An interesting biography of someone who has inspired John Piper, but unless you are also inspired by Edwards, this may not be the book for you.

A wonderful primer for that preacher in need of refreshment  Feb 24, 2006
I found this book to be a quick, easy digestible piece of work that also refreshes and challenges the preacher to think about seriously the call that he has to provide the clear Word of God to the people he is preaching to. The work is clear, concise, and as with all of John Piper's works, very reader friendly with wit and intelligence and honesty about his love for God in every word written. His heart is for the pastor who will read this book, as becomes obvious after reading just the first few pages. I highly recommend this book!
We Need Big Preaching  Nov 3, 2005
Men of God, this is a book you need to read if you are a preacher of God's Word. Piper delivers to us an extraordinarily passionate, soul-drenching, God-exalting dealing on the subject of preaching. If God is going to shake this culture with His Word, He will do it through this kind of preaching. If you want God to use your preaching for His purposes, give Piper (and Edwards) your ears. We need big preaching. God's Word needs to be loved more, Christ needs to be trusted more, and God needs to be exalted aright! We often misrepresent the text and, therefore, misrepresent our great God when we give in to wimpy preaching. We need big, Scripture-drenched, God-glorifying proclamation.
Passion in the Pulpit!  Apr 21, 2004
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.


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