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Overview This thoughtful book not only elevates the virtue of godly endurance but bears witness to its power in the Christian life through the exhortations of Piper--who provides the context and overview for the entire book--and contributors John MacArthur, Jerry Bridges, Randy Alcorn, and Helen Roseveare.
With Contributions by John Piper, John MacArthur, Jerry Bridges, Randy Alcorn, and Helen Roseveare
These powerful calls to godly perseverance from four admired Christians elevate the value and necessity of lifelong faithfulness in the lives of God's people.
Many people seek to better their lives by leaving, changing, swapping, or modifying their commitments. But God's Word holds up a beautiful value that, while difficult, leads to deep satisfaction and great reward: endurance.
Such long, steady, hold-the-course perseverance is especially needed within our vacillating generation. This thoughtful book thus not only elevates the virtue of godly endurance but bears witness to its power in the Christian life through the exhortations of John Piper-who provides the context and overview for the entire book-John MacArthur, Jerry Bridges, Randy Alcorn, and Helen Roseveare. Each contributor represents a different kind of endurance: from MacArthur's longtime, faithful shepherding of a church to Alcorn's radical obedience in the culture wars, from Bridges' unswerving patience through suffering to Roseveare's courageous constancy on the war-torn mission field.
Stand will awaken and solidify rugged, Christ-exalting endurance in people who are weary in their faith journey or who simply long to remain firm to the end. And for everyone who dreams of a Christian culture-shift from brief trial runs to lifelong commitments, John Piper and Justin Taylor's latest offering is a watershed that will serve to seal that vision in people's minds and hearts.
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More About John Piper, Justin Taylor & Jerry Bridges
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...
Some stories stick like mud. Whether it's because it is shocking, sad, funny or surprising, you can hear a story just once and then recall it easily for months and years ahead. For me, one such story was told by the preacher of when he was a young seminarian who began to date a daughter of a prominent pastor. Having had dinner at the family home one evening, the father called the young seminarian out onto the porch and said to him "Make a list of you class mates. In 30 years time, out of your class of 20, only 5 will still be Christians and in the ministry - the rest will have fallen away." The preacher did make that list and 30 years later he tracked down his former class. His late father in law was right - 6 remained believers and in ministry. This story, or illustration (or maybe warning) has remained with me. It reminds me, that as one wise person said, ministry is not a sprint, but a marathon, and the key is, how will we finish!
We can have the passion, call, desire to preach and minister the gospel now, but will we in 25 / 30 years time after times of hardship, persecution, attack and disappointments. Such words (hardship, persecution, attack and disappointments) are not on the vocabulary list of young, new pastors. However in "Stand: A Call For The Endurance of The Saints" edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor, John MacArthur writes in his chapter "I've been in one church long enough to see just about every kind of attack on my character, life and ministry." Indeed, MacArthur shares how 5 of his young interns, men whom he had mentored, tried to have him unseated as pastor - or the 250 members of his church, including elders and leaders, who left because they found his preaching too long and irrelevant. Why did he stay? He writes "there wasn't anyone handing me any invitations. That was by the grace of God however."
Other contributors to this small book are John Piper on why retirement is not biblical and that we are not to be a people longing to stop - Jerry Bridges encouragement to keep the four essentials for finishing well (daily time of focused personal communion with God; daily appropriation of the gospel; daily commitment to God as a living sacrifice; firm belief in the sovereignty and love of God), Randy Alcorn who gives the challenge that endurance requires brave courageous decisions on the daily basis on how we live and Helen Roseveares on endurance on the mission field.
This book is only 154 pages - short enough to cover in a devotional time each morning. Yet its contents should be an encouragement to us to think about the future - and this prepare ourselves for the long haul - to prepare ourselves to finish well.
Encouraging Believers to Stand Firm Nov 26, 2008
As I read this book, I remembered listening to the lectures (messages?) from which the essays came, lectures given at the 2007 Desiring God conference by the same name. The purpose of this collection of essays is, like the conference that went before it, to encourage by example and exhortation the kind of faith that perseveres through the difficulties of life.
The first chapter is a piece by Jerry Bridges which lays out four things that will enable the Christian to finish well. These four essentials are
* a daily time of focused communion with God, * a daily appropriation of the gospel, * a daily presenting yourself as a living sacrifice, and * a continual firm belief in the sovereignty and the goodness of God.
Bridges discusses each action, giving us the scriptural basis for it and explaining how practicing it has been helpful in his own Christian walk. He reminds the reader that it is by God's grace that we are faithful in these things, for "standing over all of them is the grace of God. The same apostle who said, 'I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith' also said in another context, 'But by the grace of God I am what I am' (1 Cor. 15:10). Paul attributed all of his endurance, all of his faithfulness, to the grace of God. And so as we look at our responsibility, keep in mind that we are enabled to fulfill that responsibility only by the grace of God."
This was, I think, the chapter in this book that was most valuable to me. I've been working to be more disciplined in these things now that I have the house to myself and time to think, and I found this discussion very convicting and useful.
The second chapter is John Piper's essay "Getting Old to the Glory of God." This means, says he, "getting old in a way that makes God look glorious. It means living and dying in a way that shows God to be the all-satisfying Treasure that he is."
I've reached the age where I think more and more about getting old, and I'll let you in on a secret if you promise not to tell: I'd like to spend the rest of my life in a way that is comfortably pleasant. Deep down, I think I've gone through enough of the difficult stuff already and I'd like just coast agreeably to the end. This is not the the kind of life-finish Piper is speaking about:
"Getting old to the glory of God means resolutely resisting the typical American dream of retirement. It means being so satisfied with all that God promises to be for us in Christ that we are set free from the cravings that create so much emptiness and uselessness in retirement. Instead, knowing that we have an infinitely satisfying and everlasting inheritance in God just over the horizon of life makes us zealous in our few remaining years here to spend ourselves in the sacrifices of love, not the accumulation of comforts."
Okay. And yes, I do know this. I just need to be reminded of it and spurred on once in a while. If you're baby-boomerish, like I am, this chapter is especially for you, encouraging you to spend all of your years persevering in the "joyful sorrows of magnifying Christ in the sacrifices of love."
In the next chapter John MacArthur uses principles gleaned from Paul in 2 Corinthians to teach about maintaining a ministry that endures through various difficulties. This chapter is geared toward pastors, drawing from MacArthur's nearly forty years of experience at Grace Community Church.
The last two chapters from Randy Alcorn and Helen Roseveare on persevering through trials and tribulations suffer just a little, I think, from the kind of organization that works well enough for speaking but not as well for writing. These essays are more anecdotal and less formally structured than the first three, something I didn't notice at all when listening to them as lectures, but that made them less enjoyable when I was reading. I'm guessing that this wouldn't bother most readers, but I prefer things more tightly organized than these two chapters were.
At the end of Stand are two transcripts of interviews of the contributors conducted by Justin Taylor during the Stand conference. These won't be the parts of the book of most enduring quality, but they were very fun to read. I like knowing bits of people's stories and there are quite a few of them here. Did you know, for instance, that Randy Alcorn gives his books to people he meets as he travels? He tells some of the stories of his travel encounters in the first interview.
The purpose of this book is to encourage believers to stand firm in their life-long commitment to Christ and I'd say it fulfills that purpose quite well and I recommend it.
Stand Firm and run with Perseverance Oct 17, 2008
This book gives the reader a candid look at the lives of 4 Pastors, and one author in missionary outreach, as they share how in their lives and ministries they have endured trials, persevered through suffering, and challenges, and how their enduring faith and commitment to God, prayer, and love for God's word -- sustained them in some of the more trying and difficult times in their lives. Because each Pastor's experience of endurance in life's suffering and difficulties is different, it make this book interesting reading.
Outside of the mention of a few books (some of the authors) used as references in their chapters that we would not recommend for discernment reasons, the book was written well. This book effectively does what it sets out to do and that is, to encourage the believer to Stand Firm in the Faith in the midst of trials, and endure and persevere through to the end till we meet our Lord Jesus Christ.