“There are a thousand ways to magnify Christ in life and death. None should be scorned. All are important. But none makes the worth of Christ shine more brightly than sacrificial love for other people in the name of Jesus. If Christ is so valuable that the hope of his immediate and eternal fellowship after death frees us from the self-serving fear of dying and enables us to lay down our lives for the good of others, such love magnifies the glory of Christ like nothing else in the world” (p 15).
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About the Book
A choice lies before you: Either waste your life or live with risk. Either sit on the sidelines or get in the game. After all, life was no cakewalk for Jesus, and he didn’t promise it would be any easier for his followers. We shouldn’t be surprised by resistance and persecution. Yet most of us play it safe. We pursue comfort. We spend ourselves to get more stuff. And we prefer to be entertained.
We are all tempted by the idea of security, the possibility of a cozy Christianity with no hell at the end. But what kind of life is that really? It’s a far cry from adventurous and abundant, from truly rich and really full, and it’s certainly not the heights and the depths Jesus calls us to.
Discover in these pages a foundation for fearlessness. Hear God’s promise to go with you into the unknown. And let Risk Is Right help you see the joys of a faith-filled and seriously rewarding life of Jesus-dependent abandon!
First Edition 2013
Crossway (Wheaton, Illinois)
Table of Contents
Foreword by David Platt
1. The Ultimate Meaning of Life
2. What Is Risk?
3. Stories of Risk in the Old Testament
4. The Great Risk Taker in the New Testament
5. When the People of God Risk and When They Don’t
6. Right and Wrong Reasons to Risk
7. The Great Eight and the Foundation of Risk
8. On the Far Side of Every Faith-Filled Risk: Triumphant Love
“I pray that God will use this book to raise up an army of pastors, missionaries, church leaders, and church members who are fearless in the face of risk.”
—David Platt, author of Radical and Radical Together
“This book is absolute dynamite. While probably Piper’s smallest work, I would argue it's content is the most critical. I plead with all my heart that you buy it, read it and with God's help, live it out.”
—Jonathan Carswell, Managing Director of 10ofThose