“If it costs me my life to deny you—you possession-loving self, you praise-loving self—I’ll die gladly to be with Jesus forever.”

John Piper delivered a message at The Gospel Coalition’s 2019 National Conference titled “Unashamed to Be Scorned with Jesus.” Expounding on Mark 8:31–38, Piper clearly laid out the gospel—that Christ suffered, was rejected and killed, and rose again, and that the Father planned, prophesied, and performed it. As a response, Piper challenged listeners to five applications in evangelism.

  1. Tell unbelievers the news.
  2. Urge them to look at Jesus in the news.
  3. Warn them that to love this world—to love its possessions and to love its praise more than they love Jesus—will cost them their lives forever.
  4. Promise them in the name of Jesus that whatever must be denied in this life bears no comparison to the joy of being with Jesus for eternity.
  5. Make sure they know from the start that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom.
Editors’ note: 

This episode of The Gospel Coalition Podcast is sponsored by Lifeway, publisher of Christine Hoover’s new Bible study, Seek First the Kingdom: God’s Invitation to Life and Joy in the Book of Matthew. Throughout eight weeks, you’ll reorient yourself solidly around the kingdom and the King who gives life in abundance. Learn more at lifeway.com/seekfirst