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Overview A thought-provoking introduction to the four Gospels, which are filled with demands straight from the mouth of Jesus Christ, looks at these demands in a redemptive-historical context, and then thoroughly examines each demand.
The four Gospels are filled with demands straight from the mouth of Jesus Christ. These demands are Jesus’ way of showing us who he is and what he expects of us. They are not the harsh demands of a taskmaster. For example, the demand that we come to Jesus is like the demand of a father to his child in a burning window, “Jump to me!” Or like the demand of a rich, strong, tender, handsome husband to an unfaithful wife, “Come home!” What Jesus demands from the world can be summed up as: “Trust and treasure me above all.” This is good news!
In What Jesus Demands from the World, John Piper has gathered many of Jesus’ demands from the four Gospels. He begins with an introduction that puts the demands in a redemptive-historical context, then concisely examines each demand. The result is an accessible introduction for thoughtful inquirers and new believers, as well as meditative meat for veteran believers who want to know Jesus better.
“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. Philip, 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. Kstenberger, Editor, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society; Professor of New Testament and 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 Ferguson, Senior Minister, The 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, Pastor, Mars Hill Church, Seattle
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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.
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Great Book A Must Read Aug 17, 2008
I think this book is Excellant! Great book for New Christians as well as the more mature ChristianS. we need to be reminded of the Lords words and what He expects from us. This will certainly clear up any doubts. I am giving it as a gift to friends. A MUST READ!
Are all Christians really going to Heaven? Jun 6, 2008
"I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance." ~ Luke 15:17
For Christians who take their salvation lightly, this book may shock them into reality. "What Jesus Demands from the World" is based on the words of Christ and for the most part the author takes them literally. He speaks out against divorce and shows how Christ sets an even higher standard for marriage.
I've read quite a few books on Jesus and this is one of my favorites. By reading this book you can see how many of Jesus' demands you are observing in your daily life. There are familiar and not so familiar verses so it is possible to learn many new things in each chapter. If you thought you only had to pray a salvation prayer to get into heaven, then this book might seem a little shocking to you.
Does your love for Jesus need to be an emotion or is this type of love more of an act of the will?
Is there really a hell and how can you avoid going there?
How can you love God and fear Him at the same time?
Could a selfish spirit keep you out of heaven?
Why is it more difficult for a rich man to enter heaven?
John Piper answers these questions and more. His insight is superb and the way the book is organized makes it very easy to read. Each chapter begins with relevant verses and this is followed by a brief explanation. You can read each chapter like a devotional or read the book in a matter of days. As you read this book you will notice the demands that apply to you and in this way you can become more like Christ as you decide on how to put Christ's words into action.
~The Rebecca Review
A soul-satisfying, God-glorifying devotional !! Apr 4, 2008
A prophetic call to radical obedience to Jesus Christ. Brilliant, classic Piper! Whatever this book lacks in literary flourish, it makes up for in content. Piper excels at keeping the glory of God the center of all his writing. Through the pages of this book, he succeeds in keeping all who claim to be Christ's disciples accountable to the truth of Christ's demands as seen in the Gospels.
As an (unintended?) side effect, this book also addresses the suggestion that systematized Christian theology is largely derived from the epistles of the Apostles (primarily, Paul). If this were true, it would still achieve nothing of value because the entire canon of Scripture is the Word of God to man. Claiming that a particular doctrine can only be found in the writings of Paul and not in the words of Jesus is a pointless exercise based on a wrong presupposition that the words of Jesus are, somehow, "more Scriptural" than the canonical writings of Paul. All that being said, Piper demonstrates how all the foundational doctrines of grace and the Christian life can be systematically derived using only the text of the Gospels. A must read!!
Biblical Christian Orthodoxy in Plain Language. Feb 29, 2008
In an age of Biblical illiteracy and relativism, Piper offers a manual on Biblical Christian orthodoxy for all who are struggling to figure out what they need know and believe in order to obediently and faithfully live as a Jesus follower in the world today.
This is a book that all Pastors could and maybe should recommend or even require of all their people, both "veterans" of the faith as well as those just entering into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
A Helpful Resource from Piper Jan 20, 2008
The title of this book by John Piper sums up, in pretty blunt terms, what it is about. This is a book about the demands Jesus makes of the world, of all cultures and over all time. "That's a bit strong!" I hear you say, and apparently John Piper did too, because right at the start he gives a wee speal justifying why he called the book what he did. In a nutshell: "my conviction is that if we rightly understand Jesus' demands, and if we are willing to find in him our supreme joy, his demands will not feel severe but sweet...But it would be a cheap and superficial spin to give the impression that Jesus does not in fact often speak abrasively and sound severe."
The book is neatly divided into 50 short chapters, each supposedly dealing with a different demand made by Jesus. I say supposedly because I sometimes found it hard to discern what the actual demand was, and how it differed from other statements found elsewhere. An example is the chapter entitled Demand #32 - Love your neighbour as yourself, for this is the law and the prophets, where Piper deals with the passage in Matthew 22:36-40. Although the demand seems clear enough in the title, the content of the chapter mostly deals with the relationship between Jesus' teachings and the Old Testament, all good stuff but stuff that can hardly be called a demand. This criticism hardly detracted from the overall effectiveness of the book, however.
What I most appreciated about this book is that it is profoundly biblical. Piper starts, develops and finishes each of his points with frequent references to the very words of Jesus as recorded in the gospels. One would be hard pressed to argue that this book `puts words in Jesus' mouth,' given that literally every page overflows with quotes by the man himself. John Piper makes clear that in citing the Bible, he has made put lot of effort into keeping his references within the four Gospels. This is so that: "I have given my rendering of Jesus almost entirely through the lens of his own words as recorded in the Gospels." The effect of this, combined with the concise and biblically rooted subject headings, is that the book can almost be treated as a reference book, much like a commentary. I am confident that this book will prove to be a helpful reference tool for future studies of the Gospels.
In writing a book such as this, Piper has had to deal with examples of hyperbole (`rhetorical overstatement') in the demands of Jesus. Take, for example, Jesus' demand to cut out the eye in preference to sin, and to give away our coat when asked for our shirt. The difficulty in such cases is in retaining the sheer magnitude and force of Jesus' strong words, while at the same time qualifying and outlining their proper interpretation. Referring to Luke 6:29-30, Piper says: "The challenge I feel as I face these radical demands is how to let them have their full impact on my heart and life and yet not take them more absolutely than Jesus intended. My fear is that if I make any qualification I will minimize their intended force. On the other hand, they will also lose their force if they seem so unrealistic that people just pass over them as irrelevant to real life. So I will try to find the middle way of showing that Jesus does not absolutize these illustrations of love, but does not water them down to the irrelevance of mere middle-class morality either." In this I think John Piper does an admirable job.
Piper unashamedly states Jesus' demands such as "you must be born again," and "love me," demands that Piper readily admits we cannot, in and of ourselves, achieve. There are a number of instances where it seems he writes in such a way as to highlight the paradoxical element of Jesus' demands. This is a particularly perplexing example (based on Jesus' demand to abide in him): "even though he commands us to abide in him - and we are responsible to abide there, and guilty if we don't abide - nevertheless he himself keeps us there. And we would not abide there without his crucial keeping." Because of passages like this, the book almost raised more questions than it answered. My problems lie not in the truth of the statements, as Piper adequately argues why they are so on scriptural grounds. Instead, my criticism is that he makes no attempt, at any point in the book, to justify why paradox is an acceptable position, and why Jesus is justified in making such oxymoronic demands. This heavy stuff, I know, but I'm inclined to say "John Piper started it!"
On the whole, though, I'm stoked I bought this book. John Piper has written in a way that captures something of the force and power of Jesus' words, while still exploring how those commands relate to us in our day. The book is profoundly biblical, so much so that it doubles as a useful Bible study tool. The chapters are concise, informative and often challenging. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to capture a bigger vision of the radical person of Jesus.