What is so good about the gospel? Have you ever asked yourself that question? What’s the biggest and best thing God promises us? What is it exactly that makes it such good news?
In a sermon last week in Houston, Piper unwrapped “The Sweetest Good of the Good News.” And it’s something bigger and better than forgiveness, freedom, or an eternity of your favorite hobby — shopping, golfing, or watching movies. Yes, even bigger and better than Houston, San Antonio, and Big D. The greatest good of the gospel is God himself.
It was one of several new messages from Piper over the last week. Below is the buffet of conference talks and sermons from recent trips to Idaho and Texas. You will find something for the Northerner and Southerner alike, for the proud potato harvester, the rough longhorn wrangler, and everyone in between.
How can God truly love us when he demands that we worship him? Does his desire for his own glory deny his devotion to us? Pastor John shows us that our greatest satisfaction will only ever be found in his glory.
If the word “peoples” sounds odd to you, you really need to hear this missions message. Piper draws out the implications of this one little word and shows how the Bible shapes the Great Commission with its language. The task is clear and unfinished, and we need to engage the places — the peoples — yet unreached with the gospel.
Paul promises in Romans 8 that those who are God’s children are also his heirs — heirs of an eternal glory that will eventually be revealed to us. It is a promise so spectacular we can’t even imagine how good it is. But this promise comes to us through suffering — really, really scary pain, disease, conflict, failure, and more. Amazingly, when we finally receive our inheritance, all our suffering will look as nothing by comparison.
Reflecting on the life and poetry of George Herbert, Pastor John pleas with pastors to write. He argues that the act of finding words to describe the worth of Christ is a way of seeing further and deeper into who he is.