Recap of Recent Piper Messages

Recap of Recent Piper Messages

We have never known days like these at Desiring God.

John Piper is now on staff full-time at DG and has begun a more unfettered ministry to the wider world through writing and speaking.

Along the way, we want to make it easy for you to see what he’s up to and hear what he’s been saying lately. Here’s a rich baker’s dozen of new messages from Pastor John so far in 2013.

1. “Joy As the Power to Suffer in the Path of Love for the Sake of Liberation”
Passion Conference | Atlanta, GA

The year began with a bang, as John addressed more than 60,000 college students in the Georgia Dome on how our joy in God frees us to suffer the sake of others’ freedom.

2. “Sailing to the Nations to Finish the Task, Part 1”
Resolute Conference | Southern Baptist Theological Seminary | Louisville, KY

In these two messages on missions, John aimed to set the boats of these students’ lives toward the nations, raise the sail of their faith in Jesus, and fill their boats with the ballast of God’s glory.

3. “Sailing to the Nations to Finish the Task, Part 2”
Resolute Conference | Southern Baptist Theological Seminary | Louisville, KY

Here’s the second part of John’s two messages at the Resolute Conference at Southern Seminary. Also, while there, he spoke in chapel on Thursday, February 14, from 2 Timothy 4, under the title “The Sadness and Beauty of Paul’s Final Words.”

4. “All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God: Continue in It”
Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville | Louisville, KY

While in Louisville, we joined our friend C.J. Mahaney and his church plant for corporate worship. In his message, John wanted to help us know how to relate to God’s book. He gives six reasons to believe and remain in the Bible.

5. “Cities of Ruthless Nations Will Fear the Lord”
The Summit Church | Durham, NC

The Summit has a goal to plant 1,000 churches among unreached peoples worldwide by 2050. In the face of persecution and hostility to Christianity around the globe, John breathed fresh hope into this bold vision from the radical promises of Isaiah 25.

6. “A Hunger for God: The Foundation for Faithful and Effective Ministry”
Advance13 | Raleigh, NC

John prepared a God-filled banquet for Christian leaders coming together under the banner of Advance to think about the relationship between faithfulness and fruitfulness in ministry. If your people will be glad in God, he said, you must first be glad in God.

7. “The Essential and Prominent Place of Preaching in Worship”
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary | Wake Forest, NC

Why does the somewhat peculiar practice of preaching still exist in the church today? Pastor John gives four reasons why the preaching of the word of God is absolutely vital to the life and corporate worship of the church.

8. “The Heart of God in the Call to Proclaim: A Joyfully Serious Courage in the Cause of World Missions”
TGC Pre-conference on Missions | Orlando, FL

John’s first trip in “retirement,” was to Florida, but it was not to collect seashells. In addition to their national conference, The Gospel Coalition held a pre-conference on missions. The meat of John’s message was four ways 2 Corinthians 5 awakens and sustains a joyfully serious courage in the cause of missions (realism, resurrection, reunion, and reward).

9. “Jesus the Son of God, the Son of Mary”
TGC National Conference | Orlando, FL

The conference focused on the Gospel of Luke, unfolding large portions of the book from beginning to end in ten messages. John kicked it off with Luke 1–2 and underlines several massive, unshakable realities about which we should have certainty.

10. “The Life and Ministry of Charles Spurgeon”
Reformed Theological Seminary | Orlando, FL

The Nicole Institute of Baptist Studies at RTS-Orlando will hold a biannual Spurgeon lecture. They kindly asked John to give the inaugural address. He focused first on Spurgeon’s love for God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated truth and preaching. Then he turned to Spurgeon’s love for people and his commitment to win and build them.

11. “What Happens in the New Birth?”
ReachLife Conference | Los Angeles, CA

Reach Records is making an effort with the ReachLife Institute to train and disciple young believers excited about Christian hip-hop in the Bible and doctrine. Pastor John stood before an incredibly diverse group to explain what God does in our new birth.

12. “Jesus Is Most Magnified in Us When We Are Most Satisfied in Him”
Community of Faith Bible Church | Los Angeles, CA

He may not have been speaking to thousands of people, but this fresh summary of Christian Hedonism in a local church context might have been my personal favorite message from this list.

13. “God Works for Those Who Wait for Him”
Christ Redeemer Church | Woodbury, MN

Christ Redeemer is one of a growing number of churches planted from Bethlehem Baptist in the Twin Cities metro. Pastor John turns to Isaiah 64, which God uniquely used early in his life. We learn that God does not need our help, but glorifies himself by providing constant, strong help to us, his children.

We will continue to draw attention to fresh new messages from Pastor John as he speaks across the country and around the world over the next months. Pray with us that God will continue to use John to help people everywhere understand and embrace the truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

Marshall Segal (@MarshallSegal) is executive assistant to John Piper, a graduate of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, and regularly writes on the topics of singleness and dating.