“Let the Nations Be Glad!” – A Review
Recently Pastor Jay asked the Hungary Leadership Team to read John Piper’s book, Let the Nations Be Glad. I read this book in my early 20s, and heard Piper speak on this book in the early 90s as I was training to be a missionary to Russia. Reading it again this fall has reaffirmed my faith in Christ and has fueled the passion I have that others know Christ too.
Piper’s book reminds the reader about the why of global missions. “Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more.” Thus begins this classic work by one of modern Christianity’s greatest preachers.
The book offers a biblically grounded defense of the supremacy of God in all things: worship, prayer, suffering, faith, and peoples. Who else on earth is there to worship? Who else can answer prayer? Is there a better object of our faith? Is God truly for all people groups as divided by political, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds or did Jesus only die for some people? The answer, according to scripture, to all of these questions is a resounding “NO!” No one else is more glorious than God. No one else is able to save us more fully than Jesus. No one else will be more fully worshipped by representatives from every tribe, tongue, nation, or people group from the world over at the end of time. No one.
From this foundation, Piper issues a passionate plea for magnifying God in the missionary enterprise. And let’s remember the missionary enterprise is not exclusive to Christian people who live and work outside the borders of the USA. All believers in Jesus are to be engaged in proclaiming the worthiness of Christ to all people: children, adults, seniors; Caucasian, African, Hispanic, Asian. Jesus is the only way to salvation and wholeness.
The book is essential reading for all believers who want to understand God’s purposes in sending His son Jesus into the world and for all who want to connect their work to God’s global purposes.
Recommended for advanced high school and up. Available on audible.com as well as where books are sold.
by Heather Soukup, Director of Children’s Disciple-making Ministries