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Let the Nations Be Glad!, 30th Anniversary Edition

The Supremacy of God in Missions

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John Piper's bestselling book on missions draws on key biblical texts to demonstrate that worship is the ultimate goal of the church and that proper worship fuels missionary outreach. Piper offers a biblical defense of God's supremacy in all things, providing readers with a sound theological foundation for missions.

This 30th anniversary edition of a contemporary classic, now in paperback, incorporates insights from the author's refined thinking over the past 10 years. Used extensively as a textbook for missions courses and a resource for ministries, Let the Nations Be Glad! provides a passionate plea for God-centeredness in the whole enterprise of world evangelization and explores the role of prayer and spiritual warfare. The book is essential reading for those involved in or preparing for missions work. It also offers enlightenment for students, pastors, youth workers, campus ministers, and all who want to connect their labors to God's global purposes.


Part 1: Making God Supreme in Missions: The Purpose, the Power, and the Price
1. The Supremacy of God in Missions through Worship
2. The Supremacy of God in Missions through Prayer
3. The Supremacy of God in Missions through Suffering
Part 2: Making God Supreme in Missions: The Necessity and Nature of the Task
4. The Supremacy of Christ as the Conscious Focus of All Saving Faith
5. The Supremacy of God among "All the Nations"
Part 3: Making God Supreme in Missions: The Practical Outworking of Compassion and Worship
6. A Passion for God's Supremacy and Compassion for Man's Soul: Jonathan Edwards on the Unity of Motives for World Missions
7. The Inner Simplicity and Outer Freedom of Worldwide Worship
Part 4: Making God Supreme in Missions: Global Shifts and Wartime Living
8. Exulting in Global, Not Gospel, Shifting
Afterword: The Supremacy of God in Going and Sending by Tom Steller


"Twenty-five years ago this book lit the fires of my soul for overseas mission work. It took me beyond a mere emotional yearning for conversions to an awareness that God's pursuit of redeemed worshipers from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation is the driving passion of his heart. This book changed how I read the Bible and how I saw my life, and I believe it will do the same for you too. I'm excited to commend this new edition to a new generation of readers."

J. D. Greear, pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; author of Just Ask and What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?

"There are many books that burst into popularity within the body of Christ and have brief, faddish acclaim. They are marketed well and discussed for a season but then slip into obscurity. In contrast, there are rare books that become foundational and even shape the church. Let the Nations Be Glad! falls into the latter category. Every page drips with the splendor and majesty of a God passionate about his glory, graciously revealing himself, lovingly giving himself to redeem a people who would find their joy and purpose in him. God is revealed as one who brings gladness and hope to the nations through his Son. When one sees the Lord for who he is, proclaiming Christ becomes an overflow of the heart captivated by the magnificence of our Redeemer. I recommend this book as a practical and theological primer for those desiring a heart and a passion aligned with our beautiful Savior."

Paul L. Davis, president, Association of Baptists for World Evangelism

"No book has had such a broad-ranging impact on modern missions as Let the Nations Be Glad! No story of missionary work has been told so well. No man has impacted modern missions like John Piper. But don't read the book because it's a classic, don't read the book for the riveting missionary stories, and don't read the book because of the man. Read this book because it will teach you to cherish God and worship him alone. Every Christian should read this book."

J. Mack Stiles, director, Messenger Ministries

"When working on my PhD, I asked top missiologists for their list of the best books on missions. Let the Nations Be Glad! featured on every one of those lists. This book has become a classic on missions. John Piper has etched these unforgettable words on our hearts: 'Missions exists because worship doesn't. . . . Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions.' Thirty years after it was first published, may this new edition of Let the Nations Be Glad! give yet another generation of God's children a high view of God in missions!"

Conrad Mbewe, pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church; founding chancellor of the African Christian University

"Let the Nations Be Glad! is one of those seminal works that are so rare that their value is not fully recognized until time shows it more clearly. Churches, seminaries, and missionaries for the last thirty years have drawn heavily on this resource in recognizing the theological underpinnings of the Great Commission. By putting worship at the center of missions, the motivation and goal of missions find their right place and the God of the Bible is honored. Piper, by the grace of our God, has blessed the church, and by implication the ends of the earth, with this resource. May the King be pleased to use it as powerfully for another thirty years."

Brooks Buser, president, Radius International

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  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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