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Supremacy of God in Preaching

Supremacy of God in Preaching

Piper, John

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Publisher's Description

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.

126 Pages
Published January 2004

About the Author

John Piper is pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, where he first sensed God’s call to enter the ministry. He went on to earn degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary (BD) and the University of Munich (DTheol). For six years he taught biblical studies at Bethel College in Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 30 books including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, and Spectacular Sins, and more than 25 years of his preaching and teaching is available for download at DesiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and an increasing number of grandchildren.

Book Details

126 Pages
Publisher: Baker Book House
Publication Date: January 2004
ISBN 10: 0801065046
ISBN 13: 9780801065040

Faculty Review: Occasionally, among the myriads of books for ministers, a work appears so seminal to the preacher's calling it can safely be said: 'This is a must-read.' Such books are not usually 'how-to' manuals. Rather they clear the mind, stir the blood, enflame the heart, and ignite the passions. They set preachers ablaze with renewed zeal to fulfill their ordination vow to do all for the glory of God and the salvation of men. The Supremacy of God in Preaching is such a book. Read it. But carry spiritual oxygen with you; for it will lead you over rugged terrain, on arduous climbs, to a rarefied atmosphere where only true preaching can survive. But in that atmosphere you will begin to long to preach God's greatness, and to see his glory established in your pulpit--and all in a way calculated to bring joyful exhilaration into the nerve center of your ministry. A 'must-read' indeed! - Sinclair Ferguson, Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

Staff Review: John Piper has done the church a great service by updating his fine book The Supremacy of God in Preaching. Piper opens his book this way, “More than ever I believe in preaching as a part of worship in the gathered church. Preaching is worship, and it belongs in the regular worship life of the church no matter the size of the church. In the small church it does not become conversation or ‘sharing.’ In the mega-church it does not become hype or jingles. Preaching is worshipping over the Word of God--the text of Scripture--with explanation and exultation.” One wonders what the state of preaching has become when reading these kind of words. Preaching is no doubt ridiculed in some circles as hopelessly out of date. So be it. Piper reminds us that preaching is absolutely central to proper worship. He points out that the goal of preaching is the glory of God, the ground of preaching is the cross of Christ, and the gift of preaching is the Holy Spirit. Readers familiar with Piper’s other books will not be surprised that he draws from the life and ministry of Jonathan Edwards to illustrate the significance of preaching and the necessary elements of the proclamation of the gospel. Worship involves a two-fold essence. Worshippers must see and savor God in Christ. Christians must both understand God with the mind and feel him with the heart; one without the other will yield cold intellectualism or blind emotionalism. Piper has reminded us of what preaching is all about. - Jeff Waddington - Westminster Bookstore Staff

The Supremacy of God in Preaching is one of the few truly indispensable books on gospel ministry.”
- Phillip Graham Ryken, senior minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia

“The Bible is not a book of practical suggestions on how to live a more well-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, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary