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Poignant chapter taken from influential title 'Don't Waste Your Life' from bestseller John Piper.
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In the opening preface to John Piper’s 'Don't waste your Life - from which ‘Risk is Right’ is taken, he says boldly, “You are in one of two groups: either you are a Christian, or God is now calling you to be one. You would not have picked up this book if God were not at work in your life.” The author of more than 50 life changing books on spiritual development goes on to admit that once, “It was not always plain to me that pursuing God's glory would be virtually the same as pursing my joy. Now I see that millions of people waste their lives because they think these paths are two and not one.”
With this frank admission of regret and hope, John Piper goes on to remind you that if you’re a Christian, you are not your own - you doubly to God, so don’t waste it: use it for God’s glory and find joy. “God made you for this,” he says. “He bought you for this. This is the meaning of your life.” in this stand alone excerpt, he gives you the distilled wisdom, courage and biblical foundation of his longer work to prepare you for a life of risking your all by living dangerously for Christ, instead of wasting everything by living for the safe options
The author reminds you of Jesus’ words: "Whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it." Calling you to lose your life to Christ rather than waste it, he shows that although the risks may be high, if you live gladly to make others glad in God, your joy will be full. This is not a book about how to avoid a wounded life, but how to avoid a wasted life, treasuring Christ above life itself. This book is written to help you discover that ‘Risk Is Right’ and discover the joys of a faith-filled, courageous, scarificial and seriously rewarding life, lived with what John describes joyfully as “Jesus-dependent abandon!”
Risk Is Right by John Piper was published by Crossway in January 2013 and is our 26035th best seller. The ISBN for Risk Is Right is 9781433535345.
We are all tempted by the idea of security, the possibility of a cozy Christianity with no hell at the end. But what kind of life is that really? It's a far cry from adventurous and abundant, from truly rich and really full, and it's certainly not the heights and the depths Jesus calls us to.
Discover in these pages a foundation for fearlessness. Hear God's promise to go with you into the unknown. And let Risk Is Right help you see the joys of a faith-filled and seriously rewarding life of Jesus-dependent abandon!
Table Of Contents. Risk is Right is the stand-alone version of Chapter 5 of John Piper's book 'Don't Waste Your Life'. Here are the section heading for that chapter:
1: What is risk
2: Risk is woven into the fabris of our finite lives
3: Exploding the myth of safety
4: May the Lord do what seems good to him
5: If I perish, I perish
6: We will not serve your gods
7: I am ready to die for the Lord Jesus
8: In every city... afflictions await me
9: If they persecuted me, they will persecute you
10: To Become a Christian Was to Risk Your Life
11: How to Waste Forty Years and Thousands of Lives
12: Joshua tried to free them from their stupor.
13: What About You?
14: Risking for the Wrong Reasons13
15: The Power to Risk Is in the Promise of God14:
16: Does God Really Supply All We Need?
17: All You Need to Do His Will and Be Happy Forever
18: I Can Do All Things Through Christ, Even Starve
19: The Far Side of Every Risk, Triumphant Love
20: How Can It Get Better Than Being Conquerors?
21: The Only Road That Leads to Lasting Joy
“This book is absolute dynamite. While probably Piper’s smallest work, I would argue it's content is the most critical. I plead with all my heart that you buy it, read it and with God's help, live it out.” - Jonathan Carswell, founder of 'The 10 Group of Companies'
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He has served for over 30 years as pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including 'Desiring God', 'Don’t Waste Your Life', 'This Momentary Marriage andBloodlines'.
|Author / Artist||John Piper|
|Publisher||Crossway (January 2013)|
|Number of Pages||64|
|Page last updated||11th March 2019|