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Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship

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"God has appointed preaching in worship as one great means of accomplishing his ultimate goal in the world." --John Piper

John Piper makes a compelling claim in these pages about the purpose of preaching: it is intended not merely as an explanation of the text but also as a means of awakening worship by being worship in and of itself. Christian preaching is a God-appointed
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 30th 2018 by Crossway Books
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Douglas Wilson
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simply stellar.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very helpful and soul-nourishing book on preaching. Heavy in theory and theological development of the great task of the church (and especially of her ministers), it also contains much helpful material on the manner and practice of preaching.

Some highlights:
- APTAT (Admit, Pray, Trust 1/2/3, Act, and Thank) acronym for preparing to preach (both long-term and in the moment before ascending the pulpit).
- discussion of “eloquence” for its own sake as gratuitous stylistic constructions (as
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Wow, downright phenomenal. This is the Preaching we need! Every pastor, elder, and man aspiring to be so should read this book. Piper argues that right preaching is both a rigorous and faithful explanation of the words and meaning of a text of Scripture (Expository) coupled with a joyful worship in the text preached (Exultation). Here are a few quotes:

"A pastor's preaching should be marked by lucid thinking, and over time he should draw his people into the habit of thinking carefully about the m
Ryan Hawkins
Oh how I wish this 300 page book was 500 pages or even 1000 pages! It was truly a joy to read, filled with gold upon gold.

I knew it would be good, and it didn’t disappoint. But as I read it Piper often surprised me a lot with information I’d never heard, especially from him (like his brilliant defense of why it is beautifully fitting for us to worship God regularly, and then how preaching fits into it). And then throughout the book, he connect texts I’ve never connected.

As for a review, I intent
Daniel Souza
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was phenomenal. And for the stage of ministry in which I find myself, Part 6 was exactly what I needed. There is so much being said these days about Christ-centered (or Gospel-centered) preaching or "making a beeline to the cross" or what it means to know nothing but "Christ crucified" in preaching. But most of the approaches I have read about, or even witnessed, have seemed like nothing but a sermon on atonement attached to the particular text being preached.

Piper is so helpful in this re
Jeff Hill
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best book on preaching that I have ever read! Plan to revisit this book once a year until the day that I die. Every preacher and/or hearer of preaching should read this and take it to heart. Here are a few quotes:

If you draw invalid inferences from Scripture, it won’t matter how loud you protest your belief in biblical inerrancy; you will not be helping your people base their lives on Scripture. You will be expecting them to base their lives on your faulty inferences from Scripture. That is not
Matt Pitts
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A mostly theological rather than practical guide to preaching the Old and New Testaments. Those looking for practical help in moving from text to sermon in terms of outlines, illustrations, and applications will find some help here, but the bulk of the book is aimed at building a vision of God-glorifying preaching that helps the preacher know why he’s preaching, how he should be preaching, and what he should be preaching (specifically what every text of the Bible is aiming at).

I read this book
Marc Sims
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
To me, John Piper has always been a preacher who happens to write books. His writing is always good, but rarely excellent. This book--on preaching--understandably is different. This was excellent. As with any Piper book, he is going to make a lengthy defense of why God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him, so there is a good deal that is very familiar to the regular Piper reader.

I found his chapters on preparation for preaching and the role of eloquence to be very practical
Jonathan Roberts
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, own, john-piper
GREAT BOOK!!! This book was simply amazing! This was by far one of my favorite John Piper books. And it is fitting I read it as I potentially enter into full time preaching!! I will be rereading starting today! It’s just that good!
Daniel Henderson
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tony Clay
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: preaching-books
When the majority of books on preaching are about delivery and study (which are excellent themes), this book interested me because of it's focus on exalting God. This is the third in a series of three books, and I have not read the previous two, but likely will given how much I enjoyed this read.

Undoubtedly, I disagree theologically with much of what John Piper believes and teaches, but the value of this book is undeniable regardless. Any preacher who reads this book will finish it encouraged,
Philip Brown
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sam Storms says on the blurb that this is Johnny P's best book. I don't know about that, but it was excellent. In some ways I felt like I knew where he was going with it, but that's because 1) He explicitly brings each book he writes back to his Christian Hedonism, showing how it informs and drives the various topics and 2) I've listened to pretty much every lecture/sermon he's done, so I know his thought decently well. In many ways it felt like this book was an opportunity to organize his thoug ...more
Brian Whittaker
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is Piper’s theological emphases refracted through the lens of preaching. It’s not a book which gives a “how to” of exegesis. I found especially helpful his material on the centrality of preaching in the corporate gathering & the role of preaching as worship itself. Also really good as his stuff on being rigorously attentive to the text of the passage (something I’ve really noticed in his preaching), as well as letting the broader landscape of the Bible influence what he says. ...more
Oliver Pierce
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Piper was formative earlier on for me and then I moved on a bit from him in becoming Presbyterian. However, I came back to him after being giving this book upon my ordination. While I’d disagree with Piper on some things, Piper on preaching is Piper at his best. One of my top books on preaching now. Less of a how to. More of a why should I care kind of book.
Josiah Young
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very helpful introduction to preaching. Organized philosophically, it lays a theological foundation intended to get your wheels turning. He mostly steers clear of “12 tips for great preaching” stuff, focusing instead on the biblical rationale behind various components of preaching.

Con: Piper’s style often seems a little too wordy, but, while this is not an exception, it is pretty decent.
Shihong Zu
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a slow cook. Pastor John will methodically take your through from start to finish what preaching is and the purpose behind it and show you from Scripture the challenges and joys of preaching. I look forward to coming it back to it again and again to be refreshed and reminded.
Tor Espen Kristensen
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The message of this book is excellent. If you have read some of Pipers books, you will find his theology and emphasis on the glory of God also in this book. He can be a bit repetitive in this book. But that is nothing compared to the overall message of the book. I will recommend this book to all preachers.
Rafael Salazar
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: john-piper
Well, I'm biased because I'm a huge fan of everything he writes, but this one is informing and heart-warming. What a privilege it is to worship God in preaching.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the richest book on preaching I have read in decades. It is also the freshest and most surprising. I’ve read a slew of books on preaching over the years, but this one simply made me stand back, think things over again, reconstruct some categories of my thinking, and “see” with new eyes. It also made me hungry all over again. It gave me the freedom to believe afresh in what God wants to do and can and will do through the preaching of His Word. It made we want that, to yearn after that. It ...more
Tom Marshall
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
John Piper’s *Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship* is a large meal and must be read slowly to be properly appreciated and digested. This is essentially John Piper’s collected experience on preaching, but it doesn’t focus on technique. It is the third book in a kind of trilogy. The first book, *Peculiar Glory,* focuses on knowing that God’s Word is completely true. The second book, *Reading the Bible Supernaturally,* focuses on reading the Bible with the goal of worshipping God. ...more
Bobby Oliveri
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a way only Piper can deliver, this is both a principled and practical resource for those seeking to understand the higher call of preaching. It’s profound, yet attainable, and illuminates the parts of preaching that are difficult to express. It is an extremely helpful treatment on a variety of subjects, from biblical theology to Christian living. It’s a longer read, but by no means exhaustive. Highly recommended to all who are serious not only about preaching, but delighting in the glories of ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Contends that the purpose of preaching is expository exultation; that preaching is integral to worship in the preacher's work of making clear and exulting over the text of scripture as it reveals the glories of God.

This is one John Piper book that I can unequivocally endorse. While I might differ with him in other matters, I found myself saying "Amen" again and again as I read this book. The reason for this is that he recovers and articulates as well as anyone since Martyn Lloyd Jones a
First sentence: This is a book about preaching in worship.

In the introduction, John Piper writes:
"This book is an organic outgrowth of two previous books. Together they form a kind of trilogy. The first volume, A Peculiar Glory (2016), focuses on how we can know that the Bible is God’s word and is completely true. The second volume, Reading the Bible Supernaturally (2017), focuses on how to read the Bible—specifically, how to read it in the pursuit of its own ultimate goal that God be worshiped
Tori Samar
"The gathering of God-seeing, God-savoring, God-showing human beings in one place to join their hearts and minds and voices in making much of this God is a miracle, and a miracle in the making. About to come into being is the miracle of corporate worship. And one indispensable flame that the Spirit uses to ignite that miracle, and make it burn, is the preaching of the word of God. By grace, the light and heat of worship spread. The preacher has come burning and shining. In his preaching, he is w ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great follow up to the previous two books in this trilogy: "A Peculiar Glory" and "Reading the Bible Supernaturally". While not necessary to read the previous books to appreciate this one, it definitely finds its natural place at the end of those 2 which laid much ground work upon which this is built.

Piper writes with his usual conviction and passion for the glory of God - and this especially comes out in this book, making the argument that the aim of Christian preaching is the glory o
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book. One of Piper's alltime best--and that's saying something. A powerful plea for Christ-centered, textual-based sermons. He begins by discussing the essence of worship, and why preaching is a necessary component of such worship. He refers to the Spirit's role in making a sermon effective, and then spends a good deal of time looking at the preacher's responsibility.

This was the highpoint of the book, in my view. He calls it "rigorous attention to the text." There is no substitute for car
David Steele
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: calvinism, preaching
Expository Exaltation by John Piper is the final installment of a three-part series. Piper launched the series with A Peculiar Glory, which addressed the truthfulness of Scripture. Reading the Bible Supernaturally focussed on reading the Bible for the ultimate purpose of worshipping God. Expository Exaltation not only completes the trilogy – it satisfies the thirst of preachers around the world who have eagerly anticipated a new book on preaching by Dr. Piper:

“This God-glorifying, Christ-exaltin
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The last in Piper’s recent trilogy on scripture and preaching, this book puts a fine point on a mother-load of theological reflection. As the title suggests, the aim is to explain preaching as dispensing clear and deep truth with an inexhaustible joy. Piper only briefly summarizes and references the two previous books, as well as a few of his other works, notably God is The Gospel, giving a full focus to defining the context and the content of biblical preaching. He also very helpfully gets prac ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Retired pastor John Piper looks back over a lifetime of preaching to present principles for proclaiming God’s truth. His aim is “to show a God so satisfying that joy would unleash authentic love.” His argument is that preaching is an act of worship and serves worship, by defining worship as “knowing and treasuring and showing the supreme worth and beauty of God.” God is the focus of sermons, and is glorified in the act of preaching. The preacher feeds faith, helping people see the realities of t ...more
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John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel Co

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“When the heart is far from God, worship is vain, empty, and nonexistent, no matter how proper the forms are. The experience of the heart is the defining, vital, indispensable essence of worship.” 0 likes
“The Christian preacher has nothing to hide. The Devil is in the business of hiding. The preacher reveals. The Devil obscures. The preacher clarifies. The Devil dulls the mind and heart. The preacher shines and burns. He is ashamed of nothing in his message. And this has everything to do with logic and right reason.” 0 likes
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