Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ
The Cost of Bringing the Gospel to the Nations
When Augustine handed over the leadership of his church in AD 426, his successor was so overwhelmed by a sense of inadequacy that he declared, “The swan is silent,” fearing the spiritual giant’s voice would be lost in time. But for 1,600 years, Augustine has not been silent—and neither have the men who faithfully trumpeted the cause of Christ after him. Their lives have inspired every generation of believers and should compel us to a greater passion for God.
Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ is the fifth book in The Swans Are Not Silent series. John Piper explores the lives of William Tyndale, John Paton, and Adoniram Judson. Read of how God used a Bible translator, a missions organizer, and a front-line missionary.
Lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton
In their lifelong willingness to plant seeds of faith and hope with tears of blood, they not only embraced Christ’s suffering for them but powerfully joined with Christ in his afflictions—all for the sake of the gospel. Understanding that God’s strategy for reaching unreached peoples includes the sufferings of his front line heralds, these faithful servants let nothing deter them from their mission. May their faithfulness and sacrifice intensify your passion to make Christ’s love and value known among the nations.
Part of the The Swans Are Not Silent series.
Introduction: Tears of Blood to Bless the World
- William Tyndale: “Always Singing One Note” – A Vernacular Bible: The Cost of Bringing the Bible to England
- John G. Paton: “You Will Be Eaten by Cannibals”: Courage in the Face of Fierce Opposition
- Adoniram Judson: “How Few There Are Who Die So Hard”: The Cost of Bringing Christ to Burma
Conclusion: This Momentary Affliction for Eternal Glory
About the Author
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for 33 years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. John is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, and Let the Nations be Glad.