I am really enjoying the truths that John Piper is explaining in this book.  Some concepts are a little hard to grasp but nonetheless the book is encouraging.

I really enjoyed his explanation of what it means to be crucified with Christ.  To be dead to the world does not mean that we have no feelings or that we do everything we can to avoid feelings. The last paragraph is such an encouragement to me.  We are called to glorify and thank God for the blessing He puts in our lives.  This doesn't mean we pursue frivolous pleasures and pursuits but that we open our eyes to the simple blessings that God has given us and we give Him glory for His amazing display of love.  John Piper writes:

"...being dead to the world does not mean having no feelings about the world...It means that every legitimate pleasure in the world becomes a blood-bought evidence of Christ's love, and an occasion of boasting in the cross." (pg. 57).

"Therefore every enjoyment in this life and the next that is not idolatry is a tribute to the infinite value of the cross of Christ--the burning center of the glory of God.  And thus a cross-centered, cross-exalting, cross-saturated life is a God-glorifying life--the only God-glorifying life.  All others are wasted" (pg. 59).

I would love to hear thoughts from the worship team about Chapter 3.


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