21 Servants of Sovereign Joy

21 Servants of Sovereign Joy

Faithful, Flawed, and Fruitful

When Augustine handed over the leadership of his church in AD 426, his successor was overwhelmed by a sense of inadequacy. Declaring, “The swan is silent,” he feared the spiritual giant’s voice would be lost in time.

But for 1,600 years, Augustine has not been silent — and neither have the men who faithfully trumpeted the cause of Christ after him. This book compiles all seven volumes in John Piper’s series The Swans Are Not Silent, in which he explores the lives of Christians who have inspired generations of believers toward a greater passion for God.

Focusing on twenty-one leaders from church history, this book offers a close look at the course of their individual lives and their impact on our own spirituality today.

“Biographies have served as much as any other human force in my life to overcome the inertia of mediocrity.”

Cross

Astonished by God

Unrivaled Christ, Unstoppable Gospel, Unreached Peoples, Unending Joy

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!”

It is the most dangerous and loving cause in the universe: rescuing sinners from eternal suffering and bringing them into the eternal joy of relationship with Jesus.

Jesus himself said that for every person who does not believe, the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:36). And for the peoples of the world who have no access to the gospel, the wrath of God does just that. World missions is the marvelous venture of crossing cultures to rescue unreached peoples from eternal suffering, renovate their broken lives, and see them reflect God’s glory through joy in Christ.

There is no better reason to lose your life and no greater way to live it.

Cross captures, for a new generation, this great summons to the unreached and unengaged peoples of the world. Inspired by the inaugural Cross student missions conference, this book includes contributions from John Piper, David Platt, Matt Chandler, Thabiti Anyabwile, Kevin DeYoung, D.A. Carson, and more.

“There comes a moment in every movement of God when continuing to saturate one’s native people with the gospel is simply no longer enough.”

Battling Unbelief

Battling Unbelief

Defeating Sin with Superior Pleasure

No one sins out of duty. We sin because it offers some promise of happiness. That promise enslaves us — until we believe that God is more desirable than life itself (Psalm 63:3). Only the power of God’s superior promises in the gospel can emancipate our hearts from servitude to the shallow promises and fleeting pleasures of sin.

Pastor John Piper shows how to sever the clinging roots of sin that ensnare us, including anxiety, pride, shame, impatience, covetousness, bitterness, despondency, and lust.

Delighting in the bounty of God’s glorious gospel promises will free us for a less sin-encumbered life, to the glory of Christ. Rooted in solid biblical reflection, this book aims to help guide you through the battles to the joys of victory by the power of the gospel and its superior pleasure.

“Battling unbelief and fighting for faith in future grace means that we fight fire with fire. We throw against the promises of sin the promises of God. We take hold of some great promise God made about our future and say to a particular sin, ‘Match that!’”

An All-Consuming Passion for Jesus

An All-Consuming Passion for Jesus

Appeals to the Rising Generation

John Piper, from the introduction: “Louie Giglio came to my house in 1997, and we sat down at my dining room table. We did not know each other, and he had heard and read some things. He said, ‘I am looking for a person whose whole message revolves around the glory of God in Christ, and you seem to me to be one of those.’

“We talked about Christian Hedonism and the relationship between desiring God on the one hand and God being glorified on the other hand. If you go to their app and look under ‘Who we are,’ they have almost word for word: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

“That’s what unites Louie and me. That’s what the movement is. The movement is not about any particular cause. It is about the fame of Jesus.”

“[Passion] is not about any particular cause. It is about the fame of Jesus.”

Acting the Miracle

Acting the Miracle

God’s Work and Ours in the Mystery of Sanctification

Fighting sin is not easy. Thankfully, God helps Christians to overcome sin through the miracle of sanctification.

This book, edited by best-selling author John Piper and his trusted colleague, David Mathis, calls readers to “act the miracle” God has already worked within all believers. With contributions from popular speakers Kevin DeYoung, Ed Welch, Russell Moore, and Jarvis Williams, this compilation draws on a wealth of wisdom derived from God’s Word and personal experience in order to encourage Christians to strive for holiness without falling into the trap of legalism. Here is a practical resource from leading evangelicals that helps Christians to pursue godly living.

“We have the seed of God’s likeness (God’s holiness) imparted to us when we are born again, and we must grow into that likeness (that holiness) to show who our Father really is.”