Five quotes from Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper:
- “The fundamental task of world missions remains the same–as it has for two thousand years. The aim is still captured in the words of Psalm 67:4: “Let the nations be glad and sing for joy.” The gladness of the nations through faith in Jesus Christ for the glory of God–that is the great aim of missions. Declaring His glory–the glory of grace in the saving death and resurrection of Jesus–the great task among all the unreached peoples of the world. “Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all peoples! (Ps. 96:3).””
- “Where passion for God is weak, zeal for missions will be weak. Churches that are not centered on the exaltation of the majesty and beauty of God will scarcely kindle a fervent desire to “declare His glory among the nations (Ps. 96:3).””
- “(William) Carey and thousands like him have been moved and carried by the vision of a great and triumphant God. That vision must come first. Savoring it in worship precedes spreading it in missions. All of history is moving toward one great goal, the white-hot worship of God and His Son among all the peoples of the earth. Missions is not that goal. It is the means. And for the reason it is the second greatest human activity in the world.”
- “The deepest reason why our passion for God should fuel missions is that God’s passion for God fuels missions. Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God’s delight in being God.”
- “God is righteous. This means that He recognizes, welcomes, loves and upholds with infinity jealousy and energy what is infinitely valuable, namely, the worth of God.”
May we do the same.