Monday, September 19, 2011

God is the Gospel

Reading John Piper's God is the Gospel, which I downloaded to my Nookie (yes, that's what my disrespecting friends keep calling it).  Anyway, wow.  It looks like a really good book.  Here's a snip:
The critical question for our generation--and for every generation--is this: If you could have heaven,  with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there.
You can see where he's going with this.  If God himself is not the highest pleasure, the greatest gift, in your own mind, then you will seek your satisfaction in something else.  And Piper follows up with the following word for preachers:
And the question for Christian leaders is: Do we preach and teach and lead in such a way that people are prepared to hear that question [above] and answer with a resounding No?
Yeah, questions worth asking.  I'm going to try to come around here a little more often and share more from this book.