Let the Nations Be Glad!, 3rd Edition

The Supremacy of God in Missions

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This new edition of a bestselling textbook (over 185,000 copies sold) draws on key biblical texts to demonstrate that worship is the ultimate goal of the church and that proper worship fuels missionary outreach. John Piper offers a biblical defense of God's supremacy in all things, providing readers with a sound theological foundation for missions. He examines whether Jesus is the only way to salvation and issues a passionate plea for God-centeredness in the missionary enterprise, seeking to define the scope of the task and the means for reaching "all nations." The third edition has been revised and expanded throughout and includes new material on the prosperity gospel. The book is essential reading for those involved in or preparing for missions work. It also offers enlightenment for college and seminary students, pastors, youth workers, campus ministers, and all who want to connect their labors to God's global purposes.


Praise for the previous edition:
"If I had to choose only one book on missions, Let the Nations Be Glad! would be it--precisely because it's about so much more than missions. The book's relentless God-centered focus, with its stress on worship as the 'fuel and goal of missions,' provides the crucial biblical counterpoint to the anthropocentric drumbeat of our day. Don't read it unless you're willing to have your eyes reopened to the highest possible motive for being about the business of reaching the world for Christ."--Duane Litfin, former president of Wheaton College

"Piper reminds us that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him."--Elisabeth Elliot, author of Passion and Purity

"At a time when the church seems to be majoring in minor factors in its marketing of missions, it is good to know that we have a new edition of the best biblical study there is on the nature of missions. The best, however, has become better! After building a solid biblical base, Piper confronts some burning issues in missions today in a way that is both spiritually nourishing and inspiringly readable."--Ajith Fernando, national director, Youth for Christ/Sri Lanka

"John Piper's revision of Let the Nations Be Glad! is a great example of what 'new and improved' should mean. This edition contains enhanced and updated discussions and two new chapters that explore the practical implications of the central thesis, making it even more valuable than the original. Piper has taken an already significant book and updated and expanded it to make an invaluable resource that keeps worship at the center of the church's purpose and shows both theologically and practically what that means for mission in the modern world. I will be drawing from his work in my thinking, teaching, and writing--in addition to my worshiping--for years to come. Missionaries, pastors, teachers, and laypeople with a thirst for God's passion for the peoples of the world will be challenged and encouraged. I offer it my highest recommendation."--A. Scott Moreau, editor, Evangelical Missions Quarterly

"No one has done a better job of turning our faces and hearts toward the true and living God than John Piper. And just when you think you have heard all there is to hear on the topic, he shows up again with another biblically insightful nudge that confronts the smallness of our worldview with the global greatness of God's passion for the lost. Please read this book."--Joseph M. Stowell, president, Cornerstone University

"Success in world missions can inflate us with pride, and failure can crush us in despair. But John Piper, in Let the Nations Be Glad!, offers us a completely different way of thinking. His vision for missions is so God-filled that we will find incentives for rugged faithfulness that success cannot spoil and failure cannot quench. Densely packed, richly theological, faithfully biblical, thrillingly courageous, impressively thorough--Let the Nations Be Glad! is the best book on missions I have ever read."--Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., senior pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee

"Passion. Theology. Exegesis. Relevance. John Piper weaves them all together in Let the Nations Be Glad!"--Leith Anderson, president, National Association of Evangelicals

"Let the Nations Be Glad! is the most important book on missions for this generation, and I hope it will be the most influential as well. John Piper places missions where it belongs: at the heart of God's desire to be glorified among the nations. The glory of God is the beginning and end of all true theology--and all authentic missions. When we understand that God deserves the glory of the nations, and when we see a vision of the nations' gladness before him, missions is transformed in our minds--and in our hearts."--R. Albert Mohler Jr., president, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"I am delighted that this book has been revised and is being republished. I place it among the top ten books relating to world evangelization published in recent years. It has glorified God and helped to bring missions from the periphery to the center of the worldview of many Christians, and it is faithful to the Scriptures. May this new volume further enhance the expansion of God's kingdom and multiply its true worshipers."--Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World

"If you want to be a good preacher, study the best preachers. John Piper is one of them."--Luis Palau, Luis Palau Evangelistic Association

The Author

  1. John Piper

    John Piper

    John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is a bestselling author, a major evangelical leader, and the founder of Desiring God Ministries. For over 30 years, he was pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has written more than 50...

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"A classic in missions literature. . . . Piper develops his thesis and arguments in a passionate writing style that mirrors his preaching. . . . [He] is a veritable model for treating proponents of opposing views with Christian courtesy and respect. . . . I highly recommend this book to pastors who want to study the biblical basis of missions without a lot of the hype and rhetoric that sometimes accompanies missionary appeals. . . . I also highly recommend this book to ministers of missions, missions professors, and missionaries. The third edition presents two new components that make this latest Piper release both necessary and practical. The first new component is a much-needed alarm to warn missionaries, missiologists, and the church at large of the great danger of prosperity preachers. . . . The second new component of the third edition is a very practical DVD set and DVD Study Guide [sold separately] that will undoubtedly help local churches make Let the Nations Be Glad! more accessible to their church members, guiding them through the biblical basis for the book's assertions. These two complementary resources promise even greater acceptance and usefulness of the latest edition of the book. . . . I feel certain that the third edition, both with the unchanging foundational message as well as the new components, will incite the heartfelt, God-centered, missions engaging passion that Piper has sought to encourage and promote."--M. David Sills, Southern Baptist Journal of Theology

Praise for the previous edition:
"Intentionally and unabashedly moves the reader from an anthropocentric perspective on mission to a theocentric one in which God's passion for his own glory becomes our passion to see God glorified among the nations. . . . Each chapter from the first edition is nicely updated, especially by the addition of relevant footnotes. . . . Piper notes in the Preface that the book is intended for all in the Church, not just for missionaries. Indeed, viewing Let the Nations Be Glad! as a book on missions sells short the power and scope of this significant book. I could not commend it more heartily."--Mark Young, Evangelical Missions Quarterly

"The classic book that explores 'the supremacy of God in missions' is out in a brand-new expanded edition, and it's definitely worth reading again."--Paul Neeley, EthnoDoxology

"Gems of expression pop up often in these chapters and make the reader pause in reflection before moving on. . . . A judicious blend of commentary on selected biblical texts and the insertion of appropriate mission-field anecdotes and examples serves well in challenging the reader to think more seriously about missions than he has done before. . . . As a result of attentive and thoughtful reading, some may become missionaries and some may become world Christians, and some churches may find their members becoming senders or fellow-workers of the truth who directly participate in God's purpose. Want to galvanize missions? Then, don't delay, get this book and use it!"--Trevor Craigen, Master's Seminary Journal

"This revised and extended edition . . . challenges and motivates us to world mission. . . . This is certainly a book worth reading, especially by those who pray for missions or consider undertaking missionary work."--Conrad Pomeroy Dundee, Evangelical Times

"Perhaps the most influential book (other than the Bible) of the last decade in the lives of those seeking to learn more about God's mission among all peoples. . . . Few communicate a basic theology of mission more effectively than John Piper. He connects with both the laity and the PhDs among us. This second edition will improve on an already exceptional theology of mission primer. It continues to be required reading in this Professor's courses."--Michael C. Barnett, Southwestern Journal of Theology

"A helpful book for pastors wanting to keep his/her church focused on missionary outreach both at home and abroad."--Ray W. Ellis, Journal of the American Society for Church Growth

"I commend Piper for recognizing and urging others to see that worship needs to be God-centered, that it is an end in itself (rather than entertainment or something to be changed in order to evangelize visitors), and the idea that all of life is worship. . . . Piper writes well. He communicates his ideas clearly. I can practically hear him preach the book. It has that kind of quality about it that it is easy to read. The ideas flow easily off of the page. You don't have to agree with every doctrine or practice the author presents in order to resonate with the central idea of the book."--Liturgy, Hymnody, & Pulpit Quarterly Review