Reading the Bible Supernaturally

Reading the Bible Supernaturally

Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture

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John Piper aims to show us how God works through his written Word when we pursue the natural act of reading the Bible.

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Does it take a miracle to read the Bible?

God wrote a book, and its pages are full of his glory. But we cannot see his beauty on our own, with mere human eyes.

In Reading the Bible Supernaturally, John Piper aims to show us how God works through his written Word when we pursue the natural act of reading the Bible, so that we experience his sightgiving power—a power that extends beyond the words on the page.

Ultimately, Piper shows us that in the seemingly ordinary act of reading the Bible, something miraculous happens: we are given eyes to behold the glory of the living God.

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Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part One: The Ultimate Goal of Reading the Bible
  • Introduction to Part One: The Proposal
  • Reading the Bible toward God's Ultimate Goal
  • Reading the Bible toward White-Hot Worship
  • Reading to See Supreme Worth and Beauty, Part 1
  • Reading to See Supreme Worth and Beauty, Part 2
  • Reading to See Supreme Worth and Beauty, Part 3
  • Reading to Savor His Excellence, Part 1
  • Reading to Savor His Excellence, Part 2
  • Reading to Be Transformed, Part 1
  • Reading to Be Transformed, Part 2
  • Reading toward the Consummation
  • Part Two: The Supernatural Act of Reading the Bible
  • Introduction to Part Two
  • The Necessity and Possibility of Reading the Bible Supernaturally
  • Why the Pharisees Couldn’t Read
  • New Testament Pictures of Bible Reading as a Supernatural Act
  • Part Three: The Natural Act of Reading the Bible Supernaturally
  • Introduction to Part Three
  • God Forbid That We Despise His Natural Gifts
  • Humility Throws Open a Thousand Windows
  • The Indispensable Place of Prayer in Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Wakening Our Desire for the Word
  • The Indispensable Place of Prayer in Reading the Bible Supernaturally: To See, Savor, and Love with a United Heart
  • Reading the Bible by Faith in the Promises of God
  • Reading the Bible by Faith in His Promise to Instruct Us
  • The Ordinary Aim of Reading: The Meaning of Meaning
  • The Ordinary Aim of Reading: Five Reasons to Define Meaning as What the Author Intended to Communicate
  • The Ordinary Aim of Reading: God’s Intention through Man’s Intention
  • The Power of Patience and Aggressive Attentiveness
  • Active Reading Means Asking Questions
  • Asking Questions about Words and Phrases
  • Propositions: Collections of Nuggets or Links in a Chain?
  • Querying the Text about Paradoxes, Pleasures, and a Transformed Life
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: Arcing
  • A Word of Thanks
  • General Index
  • Scripture Index
  • Desiring God Note on Resources

Specification

Author John Piper
ISBN 9781433553493
Format Hardback
First published 2017
Dimensions 228.6mm x 152.4mm
Language US English
Pages 320
Publisher Crossway
Independent reviews

John Piper Wants You to Encounter Glory in Your Bible

Derek J, Brown, The Gospel Coalition, May 1st 2017

It seems fitting that John Piper, founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary, would publish Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture at this point in his writing ministry. Nearly every thread of his ministry distinctives is woven into this book that exalts the divine source of these now well-known emphases. Christian hedonism, worship, missions, the necessity of rigorous thinking for the sake of the affections, prayerful dependence on God, and even a few of his more popular acronyms are brought together in a book on reading Scripture well.... continue reading

Customer reviews

“Insightful second volume in understanding the Bible”

This book should be read with the first volume called A Peculiar Glory. The two books go hand in hand to set forth why we can trust in the accuracy of the Bible, and then in this particular book, how we can allow our understanding of the Bible to supernaturally/divinely change our lives. I particularly love the inclusion of many Puritan authors, including Jonathan Edwards in Piper's arguments and writing. An engaging read.


24/05/2017

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