Over 18 months ago, I accepted the call to serve as the new Senior pastor at Christ Fellowship in Everson, Washington. Early on, I established the benchmarks of what I consider to be ministry that honors God and edifies the people of God. It is interesting to note that most of these benchmarks emerge in John Piper’s newest book, Doctrine Matters. It is obvious that John Piper’s ministry has had significant influence on my life and ministry.
One of the last questions I received during the candidating process went something like this: “If you could recommend one book (other than the Bible), which book would you recommend.” The answer to such a question reveals much about one’s doctrinal presuppositions and theological commitments. I immediately recommended Desiring God by John Piper. Again, it is clear how much John Piper has influenced my approach to ministry.
Doctrine Matters summarizes what Piper calls the “theological trademarks” of his 30 + years of preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The marks include:
1. God Is
2. The Glory of God
3. Christian Hedonism
4. The Sovereignty of God
5. The Gospel of God in Christ
6. The Call to Global Missions
7. Living the Christian Life
8. The Perseverance of the Saints
9. Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
10. Sorrowful Yet Always Rejoicing
Doctrine Matters should be required reading for every pastor. Dr. Piper’s words are rooted in Scripture and provides a wealth of pastoral wisdom that will propel the flock of God in a direction that pleases Him.