What is Prayer?

Josh Etter

John Piper defines prayer as "intentionally conveying a message to God" —

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The Gospel and the Bikini Barista

Wendy Alsup
The Gospel and the Bikini Barista

In part 1of my journey to gospel-centered womanhood,I recounted how I came to understand Scripture's instructions to women through the lens of the gospel. Apart from the gospel, the law kills. Presenting instructions to women apart from a thorough fleshing out of the gospel sets women up for failure.

The second part of my journey involved understanding the curse of Genesis 3:16 and God's answer to it in the gospel. I had a strong longing that only God could satisfy that I... Continue Reading

Where Would You Turn? (A Gospel Scenario)

Tony Payne
Where Would You Turn? (A Gospel Scenario)

You’re reading your Bible on the train, and you get chatting to the guy next to you. And as you quietly pray that God would give you an opportunity to share the gracious, salty words of the gospel, your new friend says, “You know, I don’t mean to offend, but to be honest I’ve never really understood why people read the Bible and go to church and all that. I’m a Christian, but to me it’s about the life you live, and how you treat people. Respecting others. Being... Continue Reading

When Christians Would Be Utterly Insane

Jonathan Parnell

Extemporaneous moments in corporate worship are sometimes the parts that stick with us the most. One such moment came in John Piper's concluding prayer of a recent sermon on John 8:30-36.

In this video, Piper confesses when Christians would be utterly insane:

Lord, I want to be free. I want my desires so changed into accord with reality so that I can do what I want to do and never regret it. That's what I want. And so I'm going hard after Jesus to change me, because... Continue Reading

Can You Please Explain Philippians 1:15-18?

John Piper
Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice (Philippians 1:15-18)

The overarching point of this passage is that God, in his gracious... Continue Reading

Desiring God Website Now in Swahili

Tyler Kenney
Desiring God Website Now in Swahili

With excitement and praise to God we announce the release ofKumtamaniMungu.org (desiringGod.org in Swahili).Already there are several sermons and articles available on the site, and we plan to continue releasing new material each week, as God provides.

Swahili is an African language, spoken primarily in the central and eastern regions of the continent. It is the first or second language of over 50 million people worldwide (with approximately 5 million online users).... Continue Reading

Why Must We Work Out Our Salvation?

Jon Bloom
Why Must We Work Out Our Salvation?

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)

The same man who wrote the verses above also wrote, “by grace you have been saved through faith. . . it is the gift of God, not a result of works.”1

So why do we need to work out our salvation when works do... Continue Reading

Where the Old Testament Demands the Deity of Christ

John Piper
Where the Old Testament Demands the Deity of Christ

Hebrews 1:8-9 quotes Psalm 45:6-7 to the effect that the “Son”, the King of Israel is God.

But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

Is the New Testament being faithful to the original intention of the Psalm? Derek Kidner says yes:

The... Continue Reading