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Expository Exultation

Christian Preaching as Worship


Coming April 30, 2018

John Piper has distilled over thirty years of preaching experience into one book for the benefit of pastors and other Bible teachers.

Building on the foundation laid by his previous two books, A Peculiar Glory and Reading the Bible Supernaturally, Piper makes a compelling claim about the purpose of a sermon: it should not just explain the text; it should awaken worship by being worship. Christian preaching is a God-appointed means of transforming its hearers in both head and heart — in both intellect and affections.

With clear examples of specific methods, Piper shows preachers how and what to communicate from the pulpit in a way that takes seriously the task of handling the word of God week in and week out in the context of, and as, Christian worship.


  • He’s written more than fifty books, so there is something a bit outrageous in suggesting that Expository Exultation is Piper’s best. But a case can be made. Perhaps that is because I, like John, am a preacher, and was profoundly instructed, rebuked, encouraged, and given even greater hope for my ministry through the insights he provides in this book. I trust John has many more volumes to come, but for my money, this is the culmination of his contribution to pastoral ministry. If you’re not a pastor or preacher, read it anyway. If you are in full-time ministry, dig deeply into this immense treasure trove of homiletical insight. I’m confident that if you do it will radically transform your approach to God’s Word and the passion with which you preach it. Sam Storms, Pastor, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 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 Meyer, Pastor, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 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: 1) the moralistic error (“Just do it”); and, 2) the replacement error (“You can’t do it . . . so . . . [merely] enjoy justification by imputed righteousness). Finally, he advocates 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 Scripture. Bryan Chapell, Pastor, Peoria, Illinois
  • A man who loves preaching for the purpose of showing His glory, so that His people may worship Him for all that He is, has written a book that every preacher should read. 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