“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”
John Piper’s voluminous writing ministry is really just a series of expansions on that singular theme. With every book he publishes, Piper explores yet another implication of that potent idea—a philosophy he (somewhat cheekily) calls “Christian Hedonism.” The Crossway John Piper Collection (39 vols.) (on sale now through January 31) includes some of Piper’s most popular works related to Christian Hedonism—as well as a few gems you might never have heard of.
Here are just three highlights from the collection that you’ll want to read cover to cover.
God Is the Gospel
Often we frame the good news as a message emanating from God, or a gift given by God. There are good, biblical reasons to do both. But in this book, Piper makes a claim that may at first appear provocative: “The gospel is God’s gift of himself.” In other words, the good news isn’t merely a message from God, God himself is the good news; God is the gospel.
Forgiveness is good news because it opens the way to the enjoyment of God himself. Justification is good news because it wins access to the presence and pleasures of God himself. Eternal life is good news because it becomes the everlasting enjoyment of Christ. All God’s gifts are loving only to the degree that they lead us to God himself. That is what God’s love is: his commitment to do everything necessary (most painfully the death of his only Son) to enthrall us with what is most deeply and durably satisfying—namely, himself.
God’s Passion for His Glory
Throughout his ministry, Piper has drawn heavily from the works of Jonathan Edwards. In this ECPA Gold Medallion-winning book, Piper takes an obscure treatise by Edwards as a launch pad to explore a profound theological question: “Why did God create the world?”
Piper passionately demonstrates the relevance of Edwards’s ideals for the personal and public lives of Christians today through his own book-length introduction to Edwards’s “The End for Which God Created the World.” In this essay, Edwards proclaims that God’s ultimate end is the manifestation of his glory in the highest happiness of his creatures.
This book also contains the complete essay supplemented by almost a hundred of Piper’s insightful explanatory notes. The result is a powerful and persuasive presentation of the things that matter most in the Christian life.
When I Don’t Desire God
If Piper’s right that our primary reason for being is to bring glory to God, it stands to reason that, as sinful creatures, there will be times when we simply won’t desire God the way we should. What do you do when you discover the good news that God wants you to be content in him, but then find that you aren’t?
If joy in God were merely the icing on the cake of Christian commitment, this book would be insignificant. But Piper argues that joy is so much more. Our being satisfied in God is necessary to show God’s worthiness and to sustain sacrifices of love.
So what do we do if we don’t have joy? With a pastor’s heart and with radical passion for the glory of Christ, John Piper helps you answer that question.
There are 36 other John Piper resources included in this collection, and you can get them all for 30% off! And don’t miss any of the other celebrated resources from Crossway on sale this month only!