Let the Nations Be Glad!, 2nd ed: The Supremacy of God in Missions

Let the Nations Be Glad!, 2nd ed: The Supremacy of God in Missions
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Piper, John


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Since its publication a decade ago, Let the Nations Be Glad! has provided thousands of seminary students, missionaries, and pastors with a sound theological foundation for missions. Piper now offers a revised and expanded edition of this theological and biblical defense of God's supremacy in all things.

Drawing on texts from the Old and New Testaments, Piper demonstrates that worship is the ultimate goal of the church and that proper worship drives missionary outreach. He describes prayer as the fuel of missions work because of its focus on a relationship with God rather than the needs of the world. He goes on to illustrate that while suffering is the price of missions, God is worthy of any sacrifice. He examines whether Jesus is the only way to salvation and discusses the extent of the missionary enterprise, seeking to define the scope of the task and the means to reaching "all nations."

This revised and expanded edition contains updated references to contemporary literature and debates and new illustrations and quotations. This edition also boasts a new preface and a final section devoted to the practical outworking of compassion and worship. Included in this new section is a chapter encouraging passion for God's supremacy and compassion for man's soul, based on Jonathan Edwards's musings on the unity of motives for world missions. Concluding this section is a chapter containing Piper's reflections on New Testament worship as an inner reality more than an external form.

Let the Nations Be Glad! is essential reading for all those involved in or preparing for missions work and provides inspiring theological reflection for college and seminary students. This book also offers enlightenment for pastors, youth workers, those involved in campus ministries, and all who want to connect their labors to God's global purposes.

Author Information: John Piper (D. Theol., University of Munich) is the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and founder of Desiring God Ministries. He is the author of numerous books, including Desiring God, The Pleasures of God, and The Supremacy of God in Preaching.

256 pages
Published January 2003

Book Details

256 Pages
Publisher: Baker Book House
Publication Date: January 2003
ISBN 10: 080102613X
ISBN 13: 9780801026133

"If I had to choose only one book on missions, Let the Nations be Glad! would be it--precisely because it's about so much more than missions. The book's relentless God-centered focus, with its stress on worship as the 'fuel and goal of missions,' provides the crucial biblical counterpoint to the anthropocentric drumbeat of our day. Don't read it unless you're willing to have your eyes reopened to the highest possible motive for being about the business of reaching the world for Christ."--Duane Litfin, president, Wheaton College

"Piper reminds us that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him."--Elisabeth Elliot

"At a time when the church seems to be majoring in minor factors in its marketing of missions, it is good to know that we have a new edition of the best biblical study there is on the nature of missions. The best, however, has become better! After building a solid biblical base, Piper confronts some burning issues in missions today in a way that is both spiritually nourishing and inspiringly readable."--Dr. Ajith Fernando, National Director, Youth for Christ/Sri Lanka

"We live in a culture in which 'new and improved' screams at us from newspapers, television, billboards, and magazines. John Piper's revision of Let the Nations Be Glad! is a great example of what 'new and improved' should mean. This edition contains enhanced and updated discussions and two new chapters that explore the practical implications of the central thesis, making it even more valuable than the original. Piper has taken an already significant book and updated and expanded it to make an invaluable resource that keeps worship at the center of the church's purpose and shows both theologically and practically what that means for mission in the modern world. I will be drawing from his work in my thinking, teaching, and writing-in addition to my worshiping-for years to come. Missionaries, pastors, teachers, and laypeople with a thirst for God's passion for himself and the peoples of the world will be challenged and encouraged. I offer it my highest recommendation."--A. Scott Moreau, editor, Evangelical Missions Quarterly

"No one has done a better job of turning our faces and hearts toward the true and living God than John Piper. And just when you think you have heard all there is to hear on the topic, he shows up again with another biblically insightful nudge that confronts the smallness of our worldview with the global greatness of God's passion for the lost. Please read this book."--Joseph M. Stowell, president, Moody Bible Institute

"Success in world missions can inflate us with pride, and failure can crush us in despair. But John Piper, in Let the Nations Be Glad!, offers us a completely different way of thinking. His vision for missions is so God-filled that we will find incentives for rugged faithfulness that success cannot spoil and failure cannot quench. Densely packed, richly theological, faithfully biblical, thrillingly courageous, impressively thorough--Let the Nations Be Glad! is the best book on missions I have ever read."--Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., First Presbyterian Church, Augusta, Georgia

"Passion. Theology. Exegesis. Relevance. John Piper weaves them all together in Let the Nations Be Glad!"--Leith Anderson, president, National Association of Evangelicals

"Let the Nations Be Glad! is the most important book on missions for this generation, and I hope it will be the most influential as well. John Piper places missions where it belongs: at the heart of God's desire to be glorified among the nations. The glory of God is the beginning and end of all true theology-and all authentic missions. When we understand that God deserves the glory of the nations, and when we see a vision of the nations' gladness before him, missions is transformed in our minds-and in our hearts."--R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"I am delighted that this book has been revised and is being republished. I place it among the top ten books relating to world evangelization published in recent years. It has glorified God and helped to bring missions from the periphery to the center of the worldview of many Christians, and it is faithful to the Scriptures. May this new volume further enhance the expansion of God's kingdom and multiply its true worshipers."--Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World

"If you want to be a good preacher, study the best preachers. John Piper is one of them."--Luis Palau, Luis Palau Evangelistic Association