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The Supremacy of God in Preaching: Revised and Expanded Edition

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A Revised and Expanded Edition of John Piper’s Enduring Work

People are starving for the greatness of God. Where will their souls be fed? Can they say, “I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory”? As we look out over the wasteland of a secular society, do we not ask, “Who but Christian preachers will say to the people, ‘Behold your God!’?” Who will paint for them the landscape of God’s grandeur? Who will remind them with tales of wonder that God has triumphed over every foe? Who will cry out above every crisis, “Your God reigns!”?

John Piper pleads for preachers to make the supremacy of God the bracing air of their sermons. He longs to see a new generation of preachers, and a revived band of seasoned brothers, set aflame with the grandeur of God—his glory as the goal of preaching, his cross as the ground of preaching, his Spirit as the power of preaching.

It is fitting that The Supremacy of God in Preaching now appears in hardcover for the first time. It has proven to be an enduring work through the decades.


Table of Contents:

Part 1: Why God Should Be Supreme in Preaching

Chapter 1: The Goal of Preaching: The Glory of God
Chapter 2: The Ground of Preaching: The Cross of Christ
Chapter 3: The Gift of Preaching: The Power of the Holy Spirit
Chapter 4: The Gravity and Gladness of Preaching

Part 2: How to Make God Supreme in Preaching: Guidance from the Ministry of Jonathan Edwards

Chapter 5: Keep God Central: The Life of Jonathan Edwards
Chapter 6: Submit to Sweet Sovereignty: The Theology of Edwards
Chapter 7: Make God Supreme: The Preaching of Edwards

Part 3: After Thirty-Three Years: God Still Supreme in Preaching and Ministry

Chapter 8: Jonathan Edwards Thirty-Three Years Later: Clarifications and Confirmation 
Chapter 9: In Honor of Tethered Preaching: John Calvin and the Entertaining Pastor
Chapter 10: Preaching as Concept Creation, Not Just Contextualization
Chapter 11: Thirty Reasons Why It Is a Great Thing to Be a Pastor




John Piper is founder and lead teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for thirty-three years as the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than fifty books.



“Here’s a book that every preacher should read at least once a year. This book is a powerful antidote to the unbalanced, self-centered preaching of today.”
Erwin W. Lutzer, Pastor Emeritus, The Moody Church, Chicago

“This book calls us back to a biblical standard for preaching, a standard exemplified by many of the pulpit giants of the past, especially Jonathan Edwards and Charles Spurgeon.”
Warren W. Wiersbe, Former General Director, Back to the Bible

“The Bible is not a book of practical suggestions on how to live a better adjusted life. The Bible is a revelation of God. The Supremacy of God in Preaching reminds preachers of what we easily forget to our peril and the peril of the people in our care.”
Haddon Robinson, Former Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“Occasionally, among the myriad of books for ministers, a work appears so seminal to the preacher’s calling that it can safely be said: ‘This is a must-read.’ The Supremacy of God in Preaching is such a book.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

The Supremacy of God in Preaching is one of the few truly indispensable books on gospel ministry.”
Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

“John Piper passionately and prophetically calls all preachers to make God supreme over any method and in every message. The plan is too simple for a fallen world to notice and too powerful for a faithful preacher to ignore.”
Bryan Chapell, Pastor Emeritus, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois