• What Is Saving Faith?

  • Reflections on Receiving Christ as a Treasure
  • By: John Piper
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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What happens in the heart when it experiences real saving faith? John Piper argues that faith in Christ is not saving unless it includes an “affectional dimension of treasuring Christ.” Nor is God glorified as he ought to be unless he is treasured in being trusted. Saving faith in Jesus Christ welcomes him forever as our supreme and inexhaustible pleasure. 

What Is Saving Faith? explains that a Savior who is treasured for his all-satisfying worth is more glorified than a Savior who is only trusted for his all-forgiving competence. In this way, saving faith reaches its God-appointed goal: the perfections of Christ glorified by our being satisfied in him forever.

©2022 John Piper (P)2022 Crossway

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Excellent content…excellently read!

I’m reading this book along with the audio, and Michael Beck simply captures each sentence with the emphasis the author would intend (having listened to enough of his sermons to know). It’s one of those times where you actually feel like the reader also believes what he is reading, Either way, I am truly enjoying the audio book.

As for the content, this is Piper at his most mature. John has always been provocative - intentionally so - as a way to say things in an attention capturing and heart stimulating way. But in this book, he is most careful to not be misunderstood. I find this book to be a more technical read (though not difficult to read). It requires patience…thinking…and an open Bible:

In a day when that slippery snake called “antinomianism” is the accepted version of Christian living, this book equips Christians with a biblical and theological response on par with The Gospel According to Jesus in its timeliness and prophetic message!

I say all that knowing I am quite biased coming from a Reformed perspective and years of reading English Puritans. Unlike many of Piper’s books, this one may not get so favorable a response from those not sharing this theological perspective. But even if you disagree with his conclusions, you will benefit from his exegesis and his passionate appeal. If anything, you will most certainly know with clarity what it is you don’t agree with.