John Piper is giving away his book What Jesus Demands From The World for free as a PDF file. It is part of the resources package that accompanies his 2010 Desiring God Regional Conference in Vancouver on April 9-10.
Although the title of the book sounds intimidating and burdensome, it is exactly the opposite that Piper is aiming to do. Perhaps no one other than Piper can exposit the commandments and imperatives of Jesus in a way that one can truly experience supreme joy in obedience, because along with the demands also comes with the promise of divine empowerment.
I believe any exhortation bombarding people with a bunch of shoulds and oughts, dos and don’ts without first establishing 1) God’s bountiful grace, 2) what He has already done for us in Christ, and 3) His promise of divine empowerment through the Spirit, is ultimately a betrayal of the gospel, a sign of the Pharisaic religion that killed Jesus.
What do you hear from your church’s pulpit? The gospel or guilt-trips?