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Earnestly consider your role in completing the Great Commission. That was John Piper's overarching plea when he delivered a biographical message on Adoniram Judson in 2003. Judson was America's first foreign missionary and an example of one who considered, and executed on, his own uniquely strategic role in the completing of the Commission. Though warned not to go to Burma, h Earnestly consider your role in completing the Great Commission. That was John Piper's overarching plea when he delivered a biographical message on Adoniram Judson in 2003. Judson was America's first foreign missionary and an example of one who considered, and executed on, his own uniquely strategic role in the completing of the Commission. Though warned not to go to Burma, he entered the country almost 200 years ago — in July of 1813 — and there invested the next 38 years of his life preaching Christ where he had not been named. And the cost was very high. But in God's perfect economy, his suffering had a plain purpose. As Piper explains, "I am persuaded from Scripture and from the history of missions that God's design for the evangelization of the world and the consummation of his purposes includes the suffering of his ministers and missionaries." Originally an address to pastors, Piper's biography of Judson is now available in a short e-book that leads us to ask the same challenging question, "Might God be calling you to fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ, to fall like a grain of wheat into some distant ground and die, to hate your life in this world and so to keep it forever and bear much fruit?"


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Earnestly consider your role in completing the Great Commission. That was John Piper's overarching plea when he delivered a biographical message on Adoniram Judson in 2003. Judson was America's first foreign missionary and an example of one who considered, and executed on, his own uniquely strategic role in the completing of the Commission. Though warned not to go to Burma, h Earnestly consider your role in completing the Great Commission. That was John Piper's overarching plea when he delivered a biographical message on Adoniram Judson in 2003. Judson was America's first foreign missionary and an example of one who considered, and executed on, his own uniquely strategic role in the completing of the Commission. Though warned not to go to Burma, he entered the country almost 200 years ago — in July of 1813 — and there invested the next 38 years of his life preaching Christ where he had not been named. And the cost was very high. But in God's perfect economy, his suffering had a plain purpose. As Piper explains, "I am persuaded from Scripture and from the history of missions that God's design for the evangelization of the world and the consummation of his purposes includes the suffering of his ministers and missionaries." Originally an address to pastors, Piper's biography of Judson is now available in a short e-book that leads us to ask the same challenging question, "Might God be calling you to fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ, to fall like a grain of wheat into some distant ground and die, to hate your life in this world and so to keep it forever and bear much fruit?"

30 review for Adoniram Judson: How Few There Are Who Die So Hard!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ian Hammond

    Inspiring short read. Free Ebook at Desiring God.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Duane

    A rather brief biography of Adoniram Judson. Piper stressed more on the suffering he went through, which was very very immense. So many of his loved ones died, it was really unbelievable that a man could live through those experiences except by the Grace of God. Liked the way Piper put it by putting five points on the table for anyone who seeks to be part of the Great Commission. One point was clear, suffering is a prerequisite for to see the fruits of labor and the glory of God come.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    This was a short introduction to Judson. It's delivered as a short sermon, so don't expect a biography. To give one's life for the sake of the gospel seems like the ultimate call, but aren't we all called to do the same? Obedience has a price and that price has a purpose. Judson's life and story will inspire you to consider your obedience to the Great Commission. This book was a free download from Desiring God. This was a short introduction to Judson. It's delivered as a short sermon, so don't expect a biography. To give one's life for the sake of the gospel seems like the ultimate call, but aren't we all called to do the same? Obedience has a price and that price has a purpose. Judson's life and story will inspire you to consider your obedience to the Great Commission. This book was a free download from Desiring God.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    This is a very quick overview of a missionary's life and ministry. It is aimed to inspire more to persevere through suffering knowing that God uses suffering as one of his main instruments in the spead of the Gospel and the ministry of the Church. John Piper writes to remind us that unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it will not bear fruit, but if it dies it will bear much fruit. The ebook is available for free from DesiringGod.org This is a very quick overview of a missionary's life and ministry. It is aimed to inspire more to persevere through suffering knowing that God uses suffering as one of his main instruments in the spead of the Gospel and the ministry of the Church. John Piper writes to remind us that unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it will not bear fruit, but if it dies it will bear much fruit. The ebook is available for free from DesiringGod.org

  5. 4 out of 5

    John Barbour

    THE HEART OF THIS BOOK IS THIS: God plans to make suffering a crucial means to accomplish his purpose.AND The pain of Adoniram Judson illustrates the purpose of suffering. Quotable quote: "I don’t just mean that suffering is the consequence of obedient missions. I mean that suffering is one of Christ’s strategies for the success of his mission." THE HEART OF THIS BOOK IS THIS: God plans to make suffering a crucial means to accomplish his purpose.AND The pain of Adoniram Judson illustrates the purpose of suffering. Quotable quote: "I don’t just mean that suffering is the consequence of obedient missions. I mean that suffering is one of Christ’s strategies for the success of his mission."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Giju Abraham

    A short and quick read on the amazing life of Adoniram Judson. You will be shocked and inspired by what he and his family endured for missions. Even though he had moments of doubt and despair he never really gave up. A great example to many. Thanks to John Piper and Desiring God for making resources such as these available free to download and print!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebs

    wow i would very much like to read an expanded biography of judson, his wives and life in burma. i always wondered what people meant with the phrase "die hard". know i know. wow. praise God for this man's life of service for the Gospel of Christ. wow i would very much like to read an expanded biography of judson, his wives and life in burma. i always wondered what people meant with the phrase "die hard". know i know. wow. praise God for this man's life of service for the Gospel of Christ.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marguerite Harrell

    I really enjoy reading this book and learned a lot about Adoniram Judson!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    Excellent short biography on one of the most heroic figures of Christianity one can name

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pavlo

    This small book made me pray more and meditate of the preciosness of Great Commission, the ways how God ordains his gospel to be spread; and finally estimate myself in the context of His work.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dean Wood

    Convicting, humbling, encouraging, powerful little book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    Awesome read, very inspiring. This man gave his life for Christ, convicting testimony.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Richard Moore

    Awesome read very inspiring. What can we sacrifice for Christ like Judson did.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dustin

    The actual biographical material was good but Pipers commentary lacked in someways. First of all I didn’t care for the way the book was laid out, though I know it’s more of a missions lecture in print than a biography it’s not my cup of tea. Then Pipers insistence on hobby horsing Calvinism (a position I disagree with scripturally) was a bit much in my opinion. Let history speak for itself. On the positive side wow did AJ have an amazing life especially the story of his conversion is quite amazi The actual biographical material was good but Pipers commentary lacked in someways. First of all I didn’t care for the way the book was laid out, though I know it’s more of a missions lecture in print than a biography it’s not my cup of tea. Then Pipers insistence on hobby horsing Calvinism (a position I disagree with scripturally) was a bit much in my opinion. Let history speak for itself. On the positive side wow did AJ have an amazing life especially the story of his conversion is quite amazing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tim Suffield

    A call to missions, and a challenge to die continually to ourselves.

  16. 4 out of 5

    M. Del Toro

    A very good short biography

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    A biography of a man who gave up everything to bring the gospel to other parts of the world.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joel Gass

    pretty short but free on Desiring God. All of these missionary stories are good.. and free..

  19. 4 out of 5

    Johnny G

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ely

  21. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shorel

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adam Ramsey

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bayeta Mulato

  25. 4 out of 5

    Benedict Tan

  26. 5 out of 5

    John Scott

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dallas Vaughn

  28. 4 out of 5

    Seth Walters

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chad Cleave

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rees Hovland

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