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Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship
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Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship


Crossway 2018

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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 miracle aiming to awaken the supernatural seeing, savoring, and showing of the glory of Christ.

Distilling over 40 years of experience in preaching and teaching, Piper shows preachers how and what to communicate from God’s Word, so that God’s purpose on earth will advance through Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting, God-centered preaching—in other words, expository exultation.

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Key Features

  • Explores the idea of preaching as a form of worship
  • Discusses what the Bible says about preaching and its important purpose


  • A Setting for Preaching
  • Why Is Expository Exultation Integral to Corporate Worship?
  • How Does Preaching Become a Means of the Miracle of Worship—Supernaturally?
  • How Does Preaching Become a Means of the Miracle of Worship—Naturally?
  • Rigorous Attention to the Text for the Sake of Radical Penetration into Reality
  • What Reality Shall We Preach?
  • Expository Exultation and the Old Testament

Praise for the Print Edition

Piper shows how true preaching and true worship go hand in hand in the most natural way. This takes place when the preacher works carefully to exegete the text through the anointing of the Spirit and comes to the pulpit under the same influence. The goal is to bring out the spiritual reality behind each text of the Scriptures to honor the intention of the human writer, but especially to exalt the glory of the divine author who inspired the text. This is what this book is all about. Read it slowly, digest its content carefully, and then bring its principles into practice piously.

—Miguel Núñez, senior pastor, International Baptist Church, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

John Piper writes with the expository conviction we expect, encouraging preachers not only to say what is true but also to show how the Bible establishes that truth. He writes beyond our expectations, however, when putting his pastoral finger on the chief expository errors within our ranks: the moralistic error (‘Just do it!’) and the replacement error (‘You can’t do it, so merely enjoy justification by imputed righteousness’). Finally, he advocates for the preaching we need, urging that in all our expositions ‘we would make a beeline from the cross to the resurrection to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to the giving of Scripture to the blood-bought miracle of new birth to the mystery of Christ in you, the hope of glory, to the beauties of Christ-permeating, Christ-exalting self-control and sober-mindedness and love.’ This is great writing to exult the glorious power of the gospel that pervades all of Scripture.

—Bryan Chapell, pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, IL

John Piper’s new book on preaching is a dream come true. I have personally been waiting for this book for nearly twenty years. Piper’s first book on preaching was monumental. This book is even better. It was worth the wait.

—Jason C. Meyer, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN

Product Details

  • Title: Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship
  • Author: John Piper
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Pages: 336
  • Christian Group: Baptist
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Worship

About John Piper

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for 33 years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God; Don’t Waste Your Life; This Momentary Marriage; A Peculiar Glory; and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.

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