John Piper Discusses the Pleasures of God (Part 1)

"The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love," Henry Scougal writes in his 17th-century work, The Life of God in the Soul of Man. And if this is true of humans, might it also be true of God?

In 1989, John Piper started a sermon series building on this wonder. This series later became the book, The Pleasures of God, which is a litany of meditations on the worth and excellency of God's soul, namely, himself.

John Piper recently gathered with the Bethlehem Seminary students over three weeks to discuss this book and its implications for ministry. This video features the Part 1 discussion on chapters 1–3:

Stream or download Part 1.

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Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is a writer and content strategist at Desiring God, and is the lead pastor of Cities Church in Minneapolis–St. Paul, where he lives with his wife, Melissa, and their five children. He is co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary, author of Reading to Walk: Meditations for the Christian Life, and co-editor of Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice.