Update on Bethlehem's Antioch Moment

Jonathan Parnell

John Piper addressed Bethlehem Baptist Church this Spring about the elders' hope for clarity regarding his succession as the Pastor for Preaching and Vision. As many of our readers have been prayerfully observing this process, below is the update Pastor John gave in last weekend's sermon.


Update on the Antioch Moment
June 11, 2011
John Piper

On April 9, I said that the elders would be praying every…

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There Is Only One Liberator

Jonathan Parnell

Our options are endless if we want to evade the reality of our brokenness, but there is only one liberator. John Piper explains in this video excerpt:

. . . All of us are prone to say "I don't need you, Jesus. I've have my ethnicity," or "I don't need you, Jesus, I've got my religion, I've got my God," or "I don't need you, Jesus, I've got my moral…

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Three Sermons on the Tragedy of Abortion

Jonathan Parnell

On the third Sunday of each January, John Piper preaches a sermon on abortion, exposing the injustice and providing a biblical defense for the sanctity of human life.

Here are three notable sermons you might consider listening to and passing on to others:

Abortion: You Desire and Do Not Have, So You Kill (1987)

  • In this sermon John Piper answers three foundational questions regarding abortion: What is happening? Why is…
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Does It Really Mean What It Says?

John Knight

For most of my life I sailed right through the healing passages in the Bible. They were all great stories, but with little actual impact on my life or my conception about God:

  • The healing of the paralytic who was lowered through the roof (Mark 2) – sure glad he had those friends.
  • The cleansing of Namaan’s leprosy (2 Kings 5) – how nice for him that God took that…
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Jesus, Help Us Think

Jonathan Parnell

Throughout the history of ideas there have been sprouts of thought that claim the mind to have a naturally transcendent capacity, dwarfing the commonality of our other faculties, never leading us astray.

This is not so, though its persuasion is terribly subtle. Thinking can be easy and regular such that we often drift from one project to the next, presuming we'll gather all the data and start down the right…

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Five Statements That Summarize Christian Hedonism

Josh Etter

John Piper writes:

  1. The longing to be happy is a universal human experience, and it is good, not sinful.
  2. We should never try to deny or resist our longing to be happy, as though it were a bad impulse. Instead we should seek to intensify this longing and nourish it with whatever will provide the deepest and most enduring satisfaction.
  3. The deepest and most enduring happiness is found only in…
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Thou Art Coming to a King

Michael Johnson

Here’s a hymn from John Newton that is worth reading and praying aloud several times (and returning to often):

Come, my soul, thy suit prepare:
Jesus loves to answer prayer;
He Himself has bid thee pray,
Therefore will not say thee nay;
Therefore will not say thee nay.

Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask
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Knowing God Versus Being Known by God

Michael Johnson

John Piper on knowing God versus being known by God:

But in [1 Corinthians 8:3] Paul does not simply relate loving God to knowing as we ought to know. He says,  ‘But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.’ What is the point of saying, ‘He is known by God’? This is parallel to Galatians 4:9: ‘But now that you have come to know God, or rather to

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Created, Saved and Sanctified — For His Name's Sake

Josh Etter

Three biblical texts to show God's zeal for his name's sake:

We are created for God's name's sake:

Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, every one who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory (Isaiah 43:6-7).

We are saved for God's name's sake:

I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in…

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Spurgeon on the Emergent Church

Josh Etter

There is nothing new under the under the sun. Charles Spurgeon addresses the theological liberalism of his (and our) day:

Mark you, in proportion as the modern theology is preached the vice of this generation increases. To a great degree I attribute the looseness of the age to the laxity of the doctrine preached by its teachers. From the pulpit they have taught the people that sin is a trifle.…

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