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Overview

Everyone is looking for power. Political campaigns play to the power of fear and hope; advertising agencies rely on the power of appetite, both wielding power by the means of words.

But churches have something different and better. Churches have the gospel. Though we live in the world, we must not wage war like the world, or fight with its weapons. On the contrary, we have divine power to demolish strongholds.

The gospel consists merely of words, but those words have the unexpected and underestimated power to create new life, to justify, to prepare a bride, to give the foretaste of glory. Christian conversion depends upon the underestimated power of the gospel.

Authors Jonathan Leeman, R. Albert Mohler Jr., Thabiti Anyabwile, David Platt, Kevin DeYoung, Mark Dever, C.J. Mahaney, Matt Chandler, John Piper, and J. Ligon Duncan III call readers to herald a common refrain: Do not underestimate the gospel, and do not underestimate the God of this gospel.

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  • Thabiti M. Anyabwile is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman and the author of numerous books, including What Is a Healthy Church Member? and Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons. He serves as a council member with the Gospel Coalition, is a lead writer for 9Marks Ministries, and regularly blogs at Pure Church, hosted by the Gospel Coalition.

  • David Platt is deeply devoted to Christ and his Word. David’s first love in ministry is making disciples—sharing, showing, and teaching God’s Word in everyday life. He has traveled extensively to serve alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world.

    Beginning in 2006, David served as the pastor of the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. Currently, David is the president of the International Mission Board. He is the founder of Radical, a resource ministry that exists to serve the church in accomplishing the mission of Christ.

    A life-long learner, David has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (ABJ) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Theology (ThM) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as dean of chapel and assistant professor of expository preaching and apologetics, and as staff evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans.

    David is the author of Follow Me, Radical, and Radical Together.

  • Kevin DeYoung is an American Christian Reformed Evangelical theologian and author. DeYoung is senior pastor at University Reformed Church (RCA) in East Lansing, Michigan and a member of and blogger for The Gospel Coalition. DeYoung is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen books including the 2009 and 2010 Christianity Today Book Award winners Why We’re Not Emergent, and Why We Love the Church. His most recent work, Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem, is the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association 2014 Christian Book of the Year.

  • Mark E. Dever (born August 28th, 1960) has been the senior pastor of the Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. since 1994 and is the executive director of 9Marks Ministries (formerly known as the Center for Church Reform), a Christian ministry he co-founded “in an effort to build biblically faithful churches in America.”. He is known as a Calvinist preacher.

  • Matt Chandler serves as lead pastor of The Village Church in Highland Village, Texas, a multicampus church attended by more than 10,000 people. His sermons are regularly one of the top five podcasts on iTunes and his first book, The Explicit Gospel, is a bestseller.

  • John Piper (b. 1946) is a widely respected theologian and bestselling author who served as Pastor for Preaching and Vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church for 33 years. He still serves as chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. Logos has collected his sermons in the John Piper Sermon Archive (1980–2014).

    Piper attended Wheaton College where he majored in literature and minored in philosophy. He completed his Bachelor of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he studied under Dr. Daniel Fuller. Piper received his Doctorate in Theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College.

    In 1994, Piper founded Desiring God Ministries, which provides Piper’s sermons, articles, and information on titles he has authored. One of his bestsellers, Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, prompted the name of the ministry.

    Several of Piper’s books have been Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Christian book award winners including What Jesus Demands from the World, Pierced by the Word, and God’s Passion for His Glory. The Crossway John Piper Collection (39 vols.) includes 39 titles from Piper, including Love Your Enemies and A Hunger for GodHear how Piper uses Logos for his Bible Study

  • Richard Albert Mohler Jr. is an American evangelical theologian and the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has been recognized by Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals. Dr. Mohler hosts The Albert Mohler Program, a daily nationwide radio show, and writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues.

    Mohler’s aim is to address contemporary issues from a consistent and explicit Christian worldview. Widely sought as a columnist and commentator, Dr. Mohler has been quoted in the nation’s leading newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Washington Post, and has appeared on national news programs.

    A native of Lakeland, Florida, Dr. Mohler was a faculty scholar at Florida Atlantic University before receiving his BA from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He holds an MDiv and PhD (in systematic and historical theology) from Southern Seminary. He has pursued additional study at the St. Meinrad School of Theology and has done research at Oxford University. Dr. Mohler also serves as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Seminary.

    His writings have been published throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to contributing to a number of collected volumes, he is the author of several books, including Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth, Desire & Deceit: The Real Cost of the New Sexual Tolerance, Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists, He Is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World, and the forthcoming The Disappearance of God: Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness. Dr. Mohler has served on several influential committees and has lectured across the country.

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