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Future Grace

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This book helps readers discover the key to overcoming sin and living a life that honors God. John Piper encourages believers to look ahead to the grace God provides for us on a day-by-day, moment-by-moment basis.

Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 5th 2005 by Multnomah Books (first published September 1st 1995)
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Mar 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Probably the most readable (not to mention spiritually satisfying!) of Piper's books that I've read so far. The book is divided into 31 chapters, most of them focusing on Piper's thesis--that the way of sanctification is by having faith in God's future grace--but also many chapters on how to apply that faith to battle various sins.

Lessons I learned:
1) Why do we follow and obey Christ? Our primary motive is not gratitude for what Christ did on the cross (although we are thankful nonetheless), bu
Luke D
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Pity I can't give it more than 5 stars... This book is radically life-changing. I can't recommend it highly enough! Get it, read it and learn how to live by faith in future grace! Learn how anxiety, pride, misplaced shame, impatience, covetousness, bitterness, despondency and lust can be fought, conquered and laid low. This book is not only ultra-practical, but it's also theologically brilliant: it actually helped me understand many issues I'd been thinking about - rewards in heaven, justificati ...more
Becky Pliego
John Piper in the introduction of this book tells something about his mother that I can see as a summary of what the book is all about: "She [John Piper's Mother] taught me to live my life between two lines of 'Amazing Grace.' The first line: ''Tis grace has brought me safe thus far.' The second line: 'And grace will lead me home.'"

"Christ is God's Yes to all future grace."

"Amen means, 'Yes, Lord, you can do it.'
It means, 'Yes, Lord, you are powerful.
Yes, Lord, you are wise.
Yes, Lord, you are
Kelsey Gould
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
The thesis of this book is a game-changer: That our obedient living is not fueled by gratitude to God but by faith in His promises (what Piper calls “future grace”). That idea, introduced in chapter 1, changed my life. The book felt unnecessarily long and at times Piper’s logic was hard to follow. I appreciate, however, his high view of the promises of God and how satisfied a Christian would be to trust in them.
Tim Hatfield
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
So far I'm not terribly impressed but I have been so saturated as of late with redemptive historical and typological exegesis that Pipers much more "practical" and existential exegesis is almost klunky and uncertain. However it is helpful and he does throw out tons of scripture to support his views.

His main argument thus far is against a "debt ethic" (I think that's what he calls it) that gratitude can cause when it is used as an impetus for daily sanctified living. He sees a deep problem with
Wayne Robinson
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library, favorites
Very helpful book that breaks through some of the hardened misconceptions I've grown about what grace and faith really are to me as a believer. Piper addresses specific areas of sin that hinder a proper understanding of God's grace. Anxiety, pride and covetousness stood out to me in particular, and I've marked those chapters for rereading.

I liked the quote from J.I. Packer on the back page of my copy: "This is a rich and wise book, one to treasure and reread."

Good summary - I agree!
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was a little hard to get through because at first it seems terribly repetitive. I was like "I get it, we need to have faith that God will fulfill his promises while other things won't." He seems to beat it to death.

But starts to get interesting when he really gets into what it means. Matter of fact, it goes way beyond what you initially think of.

It's a book I'm going to have to think about.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Upon the recommendation of a friend, I picked up this heavy, 400-page tome, and hoped that John Piper would not disappoint. In the end, he did not, and I’m glad for time spent in each of the thirty-one chapters.

Piper’s thesis is woven throughout each chapter: “live by faith in future grace.” He then fleshes out what this means from a variety theological arguments as well as offers practical implications for living by faith in future grace. I especially liked these practical chapters that were s
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After a year and a half I have finished this wonderful book. I will be forever grateful for the way that this book has formed my theology to model a Godward and all satisfying love for "all that God is for us in Jesus". It has helped point me to the Word. I've wrestled with the questions of "what is the nature of true belief in God?", "How do I walk in holiness?" And "How do I enjoy God for who he is and put my faith in his promises?". It really is a dense book that has taken me a long time to " ...more
Will Stevens
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Piper! This book really made ponder the nature of faith and God’s promises in new deep ways. I do wish the practical battling sin chapters had been woven in the rest and not standalone.
I have appreciated John Piper's "The Future of Justification," in using scripture for refuting some of N. T. Wright's wilder claims, and I enjoyed the Biblical verse by verse study of what God finds pleasure in (so we, too, can find pleasure in it and in Him) in "The Pleasures of God."

I had a little harder time getting "into" this book than the other two Piper books. I usually choose these types of books as an act of worship, as appreciating God for Who He is and what He's done. And this book is
Jimmy Reagan
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
How would you like a book that takes the concept of grace and interweaves it through the whole of Scripture? By that I mean what grace really means to us. How does faith play out to bring the dramatic power of grace into our lives? How does grace, faith, sin, and the promises of God interrelate to make the Christian life the awesome thing it is? I assure you that Mr. Piper makes one of the strongest explanations I have seen in that regard.

Not that I would agree with everything he writes (I don’t
Jul 06, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a book that demands the reader's full attention. It didn't always get that from me. So sometime, I'm going to read it in the way John Piper suggests, one chapter a day for 31 days.
To the best of my understanding, the theme is that we don't do good works out of gratitude. That comes dangerously close, Piper argues, to trying to pay God for what He has done for us, which would: 1) be impossible; 2) nullify grace. But our good works are evidence of the faith that has transformed us. If the
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gospel, theology
This is clearly one of Piper's early works, as is evident by the very short list of "other books by the author" in the back (only 7 titles if you can believe it)! :) I don't know if the book being nearly 20 years old was a contributing factor but I found parts of Piper's writing to be confusing and rather complicated. Several times I debated putting the book aside not because I disagreed with what he said but rather it seemed to be said in a tedious and somewhat repetitious manner. However, I pe ...more
Rex Blackburn
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oh man......Piper's thoughts in Future Grace are (much like Desiring God) personally revolutionary. Not in the sense that the idea of living by faith in future grace is new to the CHURCH, but that it's new to me.

Being raised in a very performance-driven shade of 'Christianity,' the reminder that being ENAMORED with God is the essence of trusting and serving Him is always a precious reminder! Indeed I must allow this reminder to be repeated to my spirit often, lest I return to the bondage of supp
Jul 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book is completely heterodox to Christianity. I think people gloss over it because of Piper's flowery language, and his reputation, which is insane. The Reformed community venerates Martin Luther, but we can all admit he was waaaay off on things (Communion, The Jews, etc.)

Piper is way off here, and it's dangerous. Even the title is misleading: It should be titled:

Conditional Grace

Because that's what he's arguing for. And he doesn't seperate it from salvation, at all.
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Very mundane.

I should have stopped after the intro. The intro was so good that I kept waiting for the rest of the book to say something new. But it was all said in the intro, just reiterated in a long, slow, drawn out way, through the rest of the book. It took me a year to read Future Grace, and I have to say it was a little painful.
Jacob Aitken
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good material in here, but this isn't his best and it isn't in the same league with Desiring God or Pleasures of God. His take-home thesis is good, though: God gives shows mercy/love/hesed to us so that we may glorify him in the future by trusting in his future grace.
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Not an easy read by any means but if you are wanting to surrender all to the Lord and grasp a deeper understanding of His amazing grace, highly recommend you read this book. You may have to read each chapter more than once but will be transformed by the experience.
Matthew Bandy
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent and truly enriching! One of the best books I've read this year. It truly helped me rethink my viewpoint on faith as a whole and how it impacts my daily life.
Douglas Wilson
Feb 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Kev Willoughby
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-christian
"Future Grace" helped me to pause and think about my faith, in the style of 1 Peter 3:15. This was my first Piper book and I will be inclined to read from him again, but this is by no means a quick read, nor should it be. Piper's theology stands in stark contrast to contemporary authors such as Francis Chan, Kyle Idleman, and others. Not that he is opposed to them or vise versa, but the writing is much deeper and is more in line with C.S. Lewis, Jonathan Edwards, or Oswald Chambers. Piper is a t ...more
Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
The most heady theological book I have read thus far by Piper. He is good at making the concepts practical. The fundamental thesis is that we walk in obedience by faith in God's future grace.

Poignant Quotes:

Gratitude is a spontaneous response of joy to receiving something over and above what we paid for.

Past grace is glorified by intense and joyful gratitude. Future grace is glorified by intense and joyful confidence. This faith is what empowers us for venturesome obedience in the cause of Chris
Jeroen Dijkgraaf
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Delight yourself in the Lord (Psalm 37:4)! That is what Piper is recommending in this book. Every human being seeks its own happiness, and its a good thing, as long as its directed towards the object, God, who brings the kind of happiness that lasts. This happiness one gets by getting to know the Bible where God reveals himself through promises. When one puts his trust in Gods promises, he does this through faith, and since many of Gods promises say something about the future, he does this in fu ...more
Absolutely loved this book. John Piper is one I'm kinda on the fence about. He sometimes has (what I feel) are some screwy ideas & in fact I believe he often flirts with heresy. There is no doubt though that the man is very committed and on this issue I believe him to be rock solid.

This book is now an indispensable part of my library that I will be revisiting again & again often. He was very helpful in my difficulties with understanding the doctrine of grace and helping me to understand
Noel Burke
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was on the reading list for a while and I finally had a chance to go through it. The book is written to be used as a devotional for 31 days (one chapter a day). The intention is to marinate in the sole satisfying pleasure of the future grace in God over a period of time. My understanding of the main message has to do with Christ's atonement, not simply justifying us (a one-time event), but also purchasing that future grace by which we are perpetually sanctified by Him for the remainder of o ...more
Luis Sosa-Torres
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautiful, contemplative book by Piper on the centrality of future-focused faith in the life of a Christian.

The book functions well as a devotional reading spread out over an entire month. This format also helps, as the repetition of concepts can sometimes cause the book to feel tedious. The book also touches on doctrinal aspects of Reformed soteriology and highlights their devotional aspect. I disagree with Piper's view on Grace and the Garden, which he espouses in one chapter of the book, b
Chan-joo Moon
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Encouraging book that helps shape the outlook toward struggles with anxiety or temptation. It states that Christians often look back to past grace when facing difficulties, but the bible calls for them to look forward to future grace to the things God will do. I found it encouraging and strengthening. The book is written in a pastoral style so it's personal and applicable even as it goes through a LOT of theology. Definitely recommended for re-considering the basic outlook and attitude by which ...more
David Batten
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I nearly gave this book a 5, and the central idea of hoping in Future Grace is more than worthy of 5. My only real qualm is that it was too long and a bit repetitive. But, you could adjust for that by simply reading the first several chapters straight, and then only the ones that interest you after that. And if you don't know what it means to be motivated by hope in Future Grace, then you should absolutely read this book until you do..
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the book. Some of it is hard to understand. Piper just is smart and some of the concepts are difficult. I want to read it again next year to see what else understand. The idea of future grace and faith i am thinking are similar but don’t know. I was reading a few books on grace and this one was a little different perspective.
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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 Bethe
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“Both are manifestations of pride. Boasting is the response of pride to success. Self-pity is the response of pride to suffering. Boasting says, “I deserve admiration because I have achieved so much.” Self-pity says, “I deserve admiration because I have sacrificed so much.” Boasting is the voice of pride in the heart of the strong. Self-pity is the voice of pride in the heart of the weak.
The reason self-pity does not look like pride is that it appears to be needy. But the need arises from a wounded ego and the desire of the self-pitying is not really for others to see them as helpless, but heroes. The need self-pity feels does not come from a sense of unworthiness, but from a sense of unrecognized worthiness. It is the response of unapplauded pride.”
“The only life I have left to live is future life. The past is not in my hands to offer or alter. It is gone. Not even God will change the past. All the expectations of God are future expectations. All the possibilities of faith and love are future possibilities. And all the power that touches me with help to live in love is future power. As precious as the bygone blessings of God may be, if He leaves me only with the memory of those, and not with the promise of more, I will be undone. My hope for future goodness and future glory is future grace.” 4 likes
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