11 Truths John Piper Learned from His Father

In a Father's Day sermon in 2005 John Piper shared eleven "precious truths" his father had imparted to him — truths, he explained, that were no mere transmission of information, but involved a whole life that demonstrated what was taught.

Here are those eleven simple, deeply inspiring truths:

  1. There is a great, majestic God in heaven, and we were meant to live for his glory not ours.
  2. When things don’t go the way they should, God always makes them turn for good.
  3. God can be trusted.
  4. Life is precarious, and life is precious. Don’t presume that you will have it tomorrow and don’t waste it today.
  5. A merry heart does good like a medicine and Christ is the great heart-Satisfier.
  6. A Christian is a great doer not a great don’ter.
  7. The Christian life is supernatural.
  8. Bible doctrine is important but don’t beat people up with it.
  9. Respect your mother.
  10. Be who God made you to be and not somebody else.
  11. People are lost and need to be saved through faith in Jesus Christ.

These truths, along with their exposition, were adapted into a booklet which is now available in electronic form. Download "A Tribute to My Father" (PDF), and see Pastor John's post this morning, A Tribute to My Father, on My Last Father's Day at Bethlehem .

Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is a writer and content strategist at Desiring God, and is the lead planter of Cities Church in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, where he lives with his wife, Melissa, and their four children. He is also the co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary.