Hope is a human emotion, and the Bible commands us to have it. So how do we pursue it if we do not feel it? In this lab, John Piper explains how God has wired the relationship between the mind and the heart. Scripture tells us that biblical thinking serves passionate hoping.
The audacity to make disciples for Jesus from followers of other lords and other religions is based on the rock solid foundation of the words — and the reality — “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
I invite you into the Godward life. Trying to live as a Christian while God is at the margins is a miserable life. You were not made to be central, while God is marginal. You were made to make God central. Central to everything.
We’ll never be able to estimate the value of the grace God has shown us as sinners. In this lab, John Piper highlights the preciousness of our salvation by looking at three groups of people: prophets, preachers, and angels. Each saw the grace Jesus brings, and responded in their own way.
A Godward Life is the first of three devotional volumes by John Piper, each feature 120 vignettes that focus on the radical difference it makes when we choose to live with God at the center of all that we do…
Do you love Jesus? A genuine affection for and devotion to Jesus is a miracle made possible only by God’s work. In this lab, John Piper looks at the affect of the new birth on our heart’s response to Christ. He also asks how the promise of God’s glory in the future affects our lives today.
I am appalled at what Christians do for entertainment by taking it for granted that if it is in the theater it should be watched. I will not watch certain scenes because my mind is contaminated for months, and Christ is more precious than the pleasure of the other 124 minutes.
What role do trials play in the Christian life? In this lab, John Piper explains a hard, but beautiful truth. God writes hardship and suffering into every believer’s story for the sake of their faith. He wants to secure and deepen our joy in himself, and so he carries us through various trials.
Hollywood has ripped the curtains off the sacred marriage bed and turned a luxuriant, holy pleasure into a cheap spectator sport. So we might be tempted to think that sex is so sinfully misused, maybe we should have nothing to do with it. The Bible says the opposite.
Do you want to know God’s will for your life — your job, your marriage, your ministry? In this sermon, John Piper helps us understand the will of God and how to know it. More than revealing his secret plans for tomorrow, God wants to make you new. That’s his good purpose for you in all things.
Who will love Jesus more, the one who has been forgiven much or the one who has been forgiven little? If so, why do we not sin more? In this lab, John Piper tackles another difficult question raised by Jesus. His answer helps us understand Jesus’s words and cultivate a deeper love for him.
What do you do when a verse in the Bible (even words from Jesus himself) seem to contradict core beliefs at the heart of Christianity? In this lab, John Piper models a way forward with difficult texts, not ignoring the problem, but digging deeper to find the harmony with the rest of Scripture.
You have one life to live. And it is not a good thing to experiment with it. What will make life work? What will make my eternity happy? God did not give you life to experiment with. He gave you life and he gave you a book. God has spoken. It is not a matter of experimentation.
We want to be happy, and yet we find that we are chronic failures when it comes to finding the kind of joy that will last for more than a fleeting moment. What if the deepest joy that we seek really can’t be found at all?