One of the most powerful books I’ve ever read is John Piper’s Let the Nations Be Glad. It’s a powerful read for anyone who wants to understand God’s heart for missions. I’ve posted some sort of negative thoughts (uptakes) on Piper’s stance on the importance of reaching the unreached, but this book helped me understand just how Biblical it is to be focused on the unreached. There are many arguments, but the main one is that God has been, from the beginning. It doesn’t invalidate our call to Spain, which is loud and clear, but it does demonstrate just how dire the situation is that God would be calling us there, a place that has already been reached.
Piper doesn’t address this in his book, but I am struck by just how merciful our God is. Because the church has so failed in some of the places it has already preached the Gospel, God is allowing us to go back. It is His will that none should perish, and He’s essentially set aside His original plan, which was that one by one, the nations would come to know Him. Well, one by one they know Him, and one by one they rebel against Him.
And yet He restores. And yet He restores.
Read this book. I implore you.
Happily for you, the audio version of Let the Nations Be Glad is available for free through www.christianaudio.com until the end of the year. Here’s a description of the book from Desiring God’s website.
“This book is not just for missionaries.
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It’s for lay people who want a bigger motivation for being world Christians than they get from statistics.
It’s for college and seminary classes on the theology of missions that really want to be theological as well as anthropological, methodological, and technological.
And it’s for leaders who need the flickering wick of their vocation fanned into flame again with a focus on the supremacy of God in all things.”
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