What Jesus Demands from the World

What Jesus Demands from the World

by John Piper

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Overview

Looks at the Gospels and examines what Christ requires of his followers in a redemptive-historical context. New and seasoned believers will see God’s loving plan for their ultimate satisfaction.

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ISBN-13: 9781433520570
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 01/11/2011
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 312,333
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for thirty-three years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than fifty books, including Desiring GodDon’t Waste Your LifeThis Momentary MarriageA Peculiar Glory; and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.

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“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. Köstenberger, Director, Center for Biblical Studies and Research; Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Founder, Biblical Foundations

“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, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville

“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 B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“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 Philip, Senior Minister, The Tron Church, Glasgow

“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

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What Jesus Demands from the World 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent
andrewlovesoldbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very good explanation of the demands of Jesus. Piper is able to uncover a Pauline theology in the Gospel accounts alone.
plamey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think John Piper is one of the uniquely prophetic voices in our day (in the forth telling sense). I like Piper a lot and I believe he has made a number of unique contributions to the modern evangelical church at large. However I¿m not what some would call a ¿Piperite¿. I would agree with the man himself who has said on many occasions that if you have read one of his books then you¿ve read them all. My favorite book up to this point has been Brothers, We are Not Professionals. In the age of the CEO-styled pastor, this book needed to be written and its message heard. I hope it continues to enjoy a wide readership. Buy it for your pastor and make him read it.However, Piper has turned a corner in his latest offering that doesn¿t smell like warmed-over ¿Christian Hedonism.¿ Not that the ¿hedonism¿ line of thought doesn¿t ring true for me, it does, it only took one book for me to get what he was saying. His latest book, What Jesus Demands from the World is a home-run and major work exalting the rightful Lordship of Jesus Christ over all things but especially over His own sheep. This book has a different feel that doesn¿t come off novel or ¿cutting edge.¿ Could it be due to the fact that Piper is now a well-seasoned pastor with battle scars and deeper life experiences (e.g. cancer)? Whatever the background, I think the message of this book rings true because it drips with the words of the Evangel.There are fifty chapters which summarize what Piper calls the ¿demands¿ of the Gospel. Every chapter forces the reader to come face to face with Jesus¿ Lordship and the daily demands of following Christ. The book¿s message doesn¿t seem like it¿s forced into a preconceived mission statement but it just flows in thoughtful prose and penetrating exposition of the Gospel. This is Piper at his best and at his most biblical. I greatly appreciate this offering from this immense evangelical leader and hope that more volumes like this one will be forthcoming from his prolific pen.On a side note, one of the more interesting features of this book is the chapter entitled ¿A Word to Biblical Scholars (And to those who wonder what they are doing)¿. Piper realizes that most of what goes on in the name of ¿Jesus scholarship¿ is a large waste of time and resources that has confused the Christian masses and helped very few if any. His thesis is that the most radical Jesus to be found is not one forged in the rallies of progressive revolutionaries or critical patch-works. The most radical Jesus is the one who is encountered in the pages of the Gospel. With this Jesus, there is no room for passing thoughts like ¿what Jesus means to me¿ or ¿most scholars believe¿. No, the Jesus of the gospels calls us to embrace Him and bow to His rightful Lordship over all creation because Jesus says, ¿All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me¿.
wiseasgandalf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"What Jesus Demands From the World" is not the right title for this book. Instead, Crossway should re-title it: The Demand-Driven Life: Finding a Life of Incredible Joy by Following the Demands of Jesus Why? Because living a life of incredible joy is the result of reading this book and following it. What does it really mean to be a follower of Christ? You would think it would simply mean looking at what Jesus commanded us to do and then doing it. And this is what Piper does in 400 pages: taking what Jesus actually said in the gospels, and then simply but profoundly expounding on why and how Jesus demands that we live it out. Starting with Jesus' demand to Nicodemus "You must be born again" and then continuing through loving and abiding in Him, taking up our cross, praying, humility, service, marriage, witness, and others, in fifty short chapters Piper covers all of Christ's demands upon our lives. I've read hundreds of fine books that gave me valuable insights into the Christian life, but this magnum opus brings it all into one volume. Truly, if you could give a person only one book in his entire life besides the Scriptures, only one book that would tell him all he would need to know to understand what Christianity is and then how to walk with Jesus, this would be the book. Seriously. This book, like no other, lays everything out, in impeccable theology but brought down to a rubber-meets-the-road level. Chapter after chapter will have you saying stuff like, "Well, that's the best short explanation of what prayer should be in a Christian's life that I've ever read." It really is not hype or my typical John Piper fervor to say to you that this book needs to be read by every Christian. Read it as a devotional, use it as a group study, give it to a new Christian, or go through it with your family: buy this book.
bjdoureaux More than 1 year ago
When we think of Jesus, we tend to think of the mild teacher, or the suffering servant who died on a cross for our salvation. We don't usually think of him as demanding things from us. That was under the law, and Jesus frees us from the law, right? Not really. Not in that way. In this book John Piper lays out several commands (or demands) of Jesus and explains what they mean and how we should obey, using scripture as his basis. Over the last couple of years, John Piper has been a great source of learning and spiritual growth for me. This book is no different. I took a pencil to this book, something I almost never do, because it called out to me to do it. I underlined, and asterisked, and noted... and at least one chapter in this book moved me to the point of tears. Each chapter covers one command (or one aspect of a command) and is only about 4-6 pages long, so this could easily read devotional-style. This book will challenge you and push you to become a true follower of Jesus by obeying his commands. It is definitely one to read again.
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A book could be written to refute the errors pertaining to divorce, (demands #40-42, pp.301-322) in John Piper's, "What Jesus Demands from the World". The premise of these demands is that all marriage is created by God and all divorce is sin. He erroneously teaches that because the New Covenant, the covenant between Christ and his church which is indissoluble only because it is guaranteed by God, is the pattern for human marriage and ALL marriages are also indissoluble. "And the point is that each marriage is "joined" in this way by God, because he tells us not to separate" (p.303.) Yet, through Piper's problematic doctrine, he ignores that God required the Israelites to divorce their foreign wives in Ezra 10. How is it then that Piper can accurately teach that God forbids divorce in ALL circumstances? On page 301, the first sentence of his divorce discourse, he writes, "Jesus demands that husbands and wives be faithful to their marriages." What follows is a wooden hermeneutic that forces faithfulness to the marriage institution, devoid of concern for persons, exactly as the Pharisees did in their rigid interpretation of the Sabbath (Mark 2: 23-28). For example, he writes that the marriage is still to be considered intact even if one of the parties has abandoned the other, which means that the abandoned spouse is NOT free to remarry. On page 310, he writes, "The woman who is forsaken by a man who leaves to marry another is called by Jesus to display the holiness of her marriage vows and the nature of the marriage covenant by not marrying another." Again, Piper writes on page 311, "This would mean that remarriage is wrong not merely when a person is guilty in the process of divorce, but also when a person is innocent." He teaches divorce for every reason is defined as "illegitimately leaving a marriage" and a very grave sin: "Marital sin is in the same category as lying and killing and stealing. If someone has lied, killed, stolen, or illegitimately left a marriage, the issue is not, can they be forgiven?" (p.320) However, according to this book, they will not be forgiven unless they acknowledge Piper's doctrine and repent of their sin. But if what Piper writes is true, that divorce, per se, is a sin, why is it not listed in at least one of the passages that specify heinous sin? (1 Cor. 5:9-11; 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-10; 2 Tim. 3:2-5) Piper implies that if one does not repent of divorce and remarriage, that person has committed the unpardonable sin: "The only unforgivable sin is the sin that we refuse to confess and forsake." (p. 320) "So the issue is with divorce or remarriage. It should not keep anyone out of fellowship with the believers of Jesus any more than a past life of robbery. But there should be a heartfelt confession of the sin committed and a renouncing of it and an affirming of what is right, just as with all other sins of the past." (p. 321) Page 321 teaches that if one is not convicted by Piper's "radical" teaching on divorce and remarriage, and repents for having divorced, regardless of the situation leading to the divorce, that person has comitted the unpardonable sin, (Piper cites Matt 12:31-32 and Mark 3:29 specifically.) Piper suggests that without satisfactory repentance for this 'sin', a divorced person should be kept out of Christian fellowship. I think it is unconscionable for Piper to cause victims of domestic violence more trauma as they are suspected of not being a Christian, and to make them think that they have committed the unpardonable sin for seeking to divorce an abuser or adulterer. Likely, their abuser's tactics of denigration and criticism have already caused them doubt concerning their standing with God. In churches where Piper's legalistic doctrine is practiced, this secondary trauma is being rained down on abuse victims and many are being discliplined for not adhering to this doctrine. In essence, Piper has added human works to the Gospel of God's forgiveness. Any sin not confessed (especially the `sin' of remarriage) will lead, according his teaching on page 320, to damnation. This is the same error that was rampant in the pre-reformation church, refuted in Article XI, The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, concerning the naming of all sins as necessary for forgiveness. That section of the Apology addresses the situation when some 'added their own ideas", to what constituted sin and created "instruments of torture"-exactly as Piper does. Piper also states that we merit grace by contriteness, and this error was also refuted in The Apology, Article XIIa. But to make matters worse, Piper is laboring to bind others' consciences to what he has concluded is sin, that which the Holy Spirit and the Word has not condemned: divorcing for abuse, abandonment or adultery. This is like the pre-reformation church torturing the consciences of Christians for eating meat on Friday; however, Piper's laws are hasher. Not eating meat on Friday is much easier than trying to raise godly children in the presence of a psychopathic abuser or struggling financially after one's spouse has left them. He is truly tying up heavy burdens for God's people. (Matt. 23:4) Piper unbiblically teaches that one must follow this book's doctrine as "a test for his (Jesus') lordship over our lives" (p. 322), and to disagree with Piper's divorce teaching is reason to suspect that one is not a Christian. Pertaining to his decree that the divorced must remain unmarried, Piper writes, "The point is that the grace (or faithfulness in singleness and marriage) is the mark of a disciple... That is-whether you have ears to hear or whether you have grace to receive this call to radical respect for marriage-is the mark of being a follower of Jesus." (Page 318) He teaches that anyone divorced must follow his doctrine and live a life of forced celibacy to please Jesus, even if their former spouse has since remarried! (The fact that forced celibacy is against nature and does nothing to curb sinful desires was an error of the pre-reformation church and refuted in The Apology, Article XXIII.) Christ himself teaches that celibacy is a gift that not everyone is given in Matthew 19:11. In a previous Amazon review I wrote pertaining to Piper's book, "This Momentary Marriage" comments followed that discussed the impracticability and lack of empathy contained in his doctrine. Also discussed was that church discipline was lacking in the outworking of Piper's doctrine and the damage that churches cause abuse victims by following his 'no divorce ever' position and his teaching that the church body must confront the divorced or those considering divorce to "preserve the solid framework of the marriage covenant ... through the tough love of obedience" (p. 306). You won't find justice or mercy here either-only laws. In fact, although Moses delivered the perfect law, Piper states that Jesus came to deliver an even tougher law, through the Gospel, that we must keep. "Jesus is raising the standard of his disciples above what Moses allowed." (p. 304.) "His aim was that the standard of his followers would be higher than what the law allowed." (p. 306.) "Jesus set a higher standard for marital faithfulness than Moses or the Jewish teachers of his day." (p. 307.) Herein is the the proof that Piper teaches a false gospel of works-righteousness. The true Gospel is a proclamation of forgiveness of sin due to the merits of Christ. Piper's gospel is a list of impossible works, destined to cause Christians to despair and create hypocrites out of those who think they can keep them perfectly. As C. F.W. Walther wrote in his book, "Law and Gospel", pertaining to the Catholic Church's Council of Trent declaration that Christ is our redeemer AND lawgiver: "This decree overthrows the Christian religion completely. If Christ came into the world to bring us new laws, then we could practically say that He might as well as stayed in heaven. Moses has already given us such a perfect law that we were not able to keep that. Now, if Christ had given us additional laws, that would have to drive us to despair." (p. 80) Walther's teaching on the New Covenant (Jer. 31:31-34) in contrast to Piper's false interpretation: "The Messiah will introduce no such doctrine. He writes His Law directly into the heart, so that a person living under Him is a law unto himself. He is not coerced by a force from without but is urged from within. These words state the reason for the proceeding statement. They are a summary of the Gospel of Christ: forgiveness of sin by the free grace of God, for the sake of Jesus Christ" (p. 82.) Divorce undertaken because of abuse, adultery or desertion is NOT sinful. Abuse, adultery and desertion are sins indeed; but is is not sinful to divorce a spouse who indulges in these sins. Besides Piper's false gospel, much more could be written about Piper not referring to the historical context in which Jesus spoke to the Pharisees about divorce, Piper's not considering Paul's position on divorce, and Piper's peculiar view that Jesus' adultery exception clause was referring to adultery during the betrothal period only-not during the marriage. I highly recommend that Piper's dangerous teachings be reevaluated in the light of the Gospel and repudiated. For a true biblical understanding of this topic, I suggest Barbara Roberts' Not Under Bondage: Biblical Divorce for Abuse, Adultery and Desertion, Jeff Crippen's A Cry for Justice: How the Evil of Domestic Abuse Hides in Your Church , Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions -- A Reader's Edition of the Book of Concord and C. F. W. Walther's Law and Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible.