The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: by John Piper
Author: John Piper
|God's Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin |
The glory of God is revealed in the imperfect lives of His faithful servants. Augustine grappled with sexual passion. Martin Luther struggled to control his tongue. John Calvin fought the battle of faith with the world's weapons. Yet each man will always be remembered as a founding father to the Christian faith because of the messages they declared. Messages that still resound today. John Piper explores each of their lives, integrating Augustine's delight in God with Luther's emphasis on the Word and Calvin's exposition of Scripture. Through their strengths and struggles he teaches us how to better live today, for when we consider their lives, we behold the glory and majesty of God--and in that, find the power to overcome our weaknesses.
Augustine. Luther. Calvin.
We read their books, their commentaries, their sermons, and we admire them for their greatness. We think of them as nearly perfect giants of the faith--locked peacefully inside their studies, relentlessly writing, rarely disturbed--who enjoyed a mystical union with God that they alone could know.
But John Piper records the truth: Their experience of God's majesty and grace in their weaknesses--and in the face of countless injustices and adversities--made all the difference. It led Augustine to abandon trifling, worldly joys, Luther to study the Word continuously, and Calvin not only to unwearied biblical preaching, but also to proclaim, "I should rather die a hundred times than subject Christ to... foul mockery." And it can have the same effect in your life.
If ever you are complacent about sin, if ever you lose the joy of Christ, if ever you are dulled by the world's influence, the lives of these men can help you recapture the wonder of God. And so John Piper takes you to the time of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin, inviting you to look at their imperfections, read of their transformations, and behold the reflection of God in their lives so that a greater passion for God's glory may be inspired in your own.
Features: Bibliography, Index, Table of Contents
Physical Info: 0.44" H x 8.98" L x 6.08" W (0.49 lbs) 158 pages
ISBN: 1581348134 EAN: 9781581348132
Publisher: Crossway Books
US SRP: 15.99 US
Pub Date: August 11, 2006
John Piper, the preaching pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1980, is the author of numerous books" "and a senior writer for "World "magazine,"" He received his doctorate in theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College, St. Paul, before becoming a pastor. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons and one daughter.
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