All Resources on The Nature of the Church

The Doctrinal Flavor of Reformed Churches

Interviews

by John Piper

In episode 312, Pastor John shares thoughts on how Reformed churches should relate to other churches.

Union with Christ and the Communion of Saints

Desiring God 2014 Conference for Pastors

(The Pastor, the Vine, and the Branches: The Remarkable Reality of Union with Christ)

Conference Messages

by Michael Horton

Should We Confess Our Sins to a Priest?

Interviews

by John Piper

In Episode 186, Pastor John talks about the confession of sin in the life of the church.

The Doctrine of the Church

Theology Refresh: Podcast for Christian Leaders

Interviews

by Gregg R. Allison

Gregg Allison helps us think about the doctrine of the church.

Beautifying the Body of Christ

Ephesians 5:22-32

Sermons

by John Piper

Christ did not simply die for an unworthy woman or for a reluctant woman, but for a woman who found him repulsive.

Why Do I Need Other People If I Already Have Jesus?

Interviews

by John Piper

John Piper explains why isolating yourself from others is not a good idea.

Is It Okay for There to Be Different Denominations In the Body of Christ?

Interviews

by John Piper

John Piper says that having different denominations doesn't have to mean disunity.

What Are Your Thoughts About Being Part of an Online Church?

Interviews

by John Piper

John Piper says that real-life interaction is vital for personal and corporate church health.

Changes Are in the Wind

A New Fall Focus on Being the Church

Articles

by John Piper

What does it mean to be the “church of God”?

Living Supernaturally As the Church of Christ

Articles

by John Piper

We must seek to experience supernatural power daily in order to be the church.

Israel and Us Reconciled in One Body

Ephesians 2:11-22

Sermons

by John Piper

Jesus is the point in redemptive history where the true Israel becomes the church of Christ and the church emerges as the true Israel.

Living Together When Christ Is All in All

Colossians 3:12-17

Sermons

by John Piper

No matter what the issue is, it exists for Christ, or for nothing. Because CHRIST IS ALL.

The Local Church: Minimum Vs. Maximum

Acts 2:36-47

Sermons

by John Piper

There are at least seven qualifications if a group wants to be a church in the NT sense.

One Lord, One Spirit, One Body for All Time and All Peoples

Ephesians 4:1-6

Sermons

by John Piper

The truth that there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, is a truth for inside the church and outside the church.

We, Though Many, Are One Body in Christ

Romans 12:1-8

Sermons

by John Piper

Our true individuality is found only in relationship to the body of Christ.

Why the Saints Minister to the Body

Ephesians 4:7-16

Sermons

by John Piper

The aim of your ministry as a Christian is to build up the body as a whole.

You Were Bought with a Price

Glorify God with Your Bodies

1 Corinthians 6:20

Sermons

by John Piper

Christianity has to do with everything your body has to do with—food and sex and sleep and talking and playing and working.

How the Saints Minister to the Body

Ephesians 4:7-16

Sermons

by John Piper

Love abounding in knowledge and discernment is what builds Christ's body.

Sound Judgment, One Body, Several Parts

Romans 12:1-8

Sermons

by John Piper

Why doesn't God give everyone the same faith and gifts?

Living in the Spirit and in the Body for the Common Good

1 Corinthians 12:1-13

Sermons

by John Piper

Gifts are for the glory of God and the good of the church.

Body Pains: Feelings of Uselessness

1 Corinthians 12:14-20

Sermons

by John Piper

If we say we are useless, we not only say no to the idea of the body, but worse, we say no to God. We don't trust him.

The Cosmic Church

Ephesians 3:10

Sermons

by John Piper

The church is the cosmic showcase of God's mercy, but he gets cosmic reproach when we fail to receive his mercy with joy.