How to Buy Gold When You're Broke
Jan 2, 1983
The essence of lukewarmness is the statement, "I need nothing." The lukewarm are spiritually self-satisfied.
Does Prayer Spoil the Party?
Jan 3, 1983
Consistent Christians never want to exclude Jesus from anything they do.
Always Pray and Do Not Lose Heart
Jan 9, 1983
Jesus makes it clear that eternal life hangs on whether we are ready when he comes.
The "All or Nothing" Impediment to Prayer
Jan 10, 1983
Pray for total healing and total salvation. But also pray for smaller steps to be made on the way.
About My Other Wife
Jan 17, 1983
Galatians is the preservation of the gospel for Bethlehem Baptist Church. It is for you. Marry it!
To Deliver Us from the Present Evil Age
Jan 23, 1983
The freest people in the world are those who submit most fully to the authority of Christ in Scripture.
The New Staffing Configuration
Jan 24, 1983
A description of the new arrangement of responsibilities among the church staff.
How Does a Sovereign God Love?
A Reply to Thomas Talbott
Feb 1, 1983
Reading Thomas Talbott's article "On predestination reprobation, and the love of God" (RJ, Feb., 1983) brought back a grievous experience I had when some of George MacDonald's sermons were published in 1976 (Creation in Christ). I had relished three of…
When Not to Believe an Angel
Feb 6, 1983
There is one, and only one, gospel. It is therefore astonishing — and tragic — to turn away from it and lose both God and his grace.
Wanted: Worm Work
Feb 7, 1983
Praying is worm-work. You can’t see worms doing their work. But without them you couldn’t plow the field.
This Is Not Man's Gospel
Feb 13, 1983
To try to explain the change from Paul's pre-conversion persecution to his post-conversion passion for the gospel merely by the work of men is to grasp at a straw.
Do They Really Want Peanut Butter?
Meditation on Metro Food Share
Feb 14, 1983
Become the kind of person who cannot walk by someone in need and do nothing.
That the Truth of the Gospel Be Preserved for You
Feb 20, 1983
Very few people today stand up and praise the unity and coherence of truth.
Is It OK to Say “Amen!” on Sunday?
Feb 21, 1983
Anything that helps you express your heart for God and does not hinder other people is good.
In Sync with the Gospel
Feb 27, 1983
When you finally hear and believe the drumbeat of the gospel, the rhythm of your step changes. There is a life in step with the gospel, and there is a life out of step with the gospel.
I Do Not Nullify the Grace of God
Mar 6, 1983
The transgression against God is to presume that you can climb your way up a ladder of morality into his favor.
Why Was Timothy Circumcised?
Mar 7, 1983
How could Paul have Timothy circumcised and yet totally refuse it for Titus?
Can You Begin by the Spirit and Be Completed by the Flesh?
Mar 13, 1983
The essential mark of a Christian is not how far you have progressed in sanctification, but on what you are relying to get there.
Dana, Doug and an APTAT Recap
Mar 14, 1983
Practically speaking, how do I obey God so that it is “not I but Christ in me”?
Those Who Have Faith Are the Sons of Abraham
Mar 20, 1983
The central concern of your life is to ensure that you are a child of Abraham.
Holy Week Volcano
The Lava May Reach to You
Mar 21, 1983
Has it ever bothered you that sometimes in the Old Testament when one man sins, many get swept away in God's punishment?
The Donkey, the Stallion, and the Strategy of the Hills
Mar 27, 1983
Though arrogance and rage assail, conspiracy will not prevail.
Mar 28, 1983
Our English word "hosanna" comes from a Greek word "hosanna" which comes from a Hebrew phrase hoshiya na.
How to Become a Good Listener
Apr 1, 1983
High-quality listening brings good results. But it takes an awareness of how much people need to be listened to, plus time and practice
You Who Would Destroy the Temple and Build It in Three Days
Apr 1, 1983
It is a supreme irony that the people at the cross should look on the dying Savior and mock him with their own misunderstanding of this saying.
Worship the Risen Christ
Apr 3, 1983
If your life is flat, empty, without exhilaration, without significance, without a single and fulfilling orientation, it is because you do not see the risen Christ for who he really is.
A Meditation for Noël on Ruth Noël Piper and Barnabas William Piper and Acts 4:36
Apr 4, 1983
How can we say farewell to one Who never lived among us? How cease the song that we’d begun, And hoped that God had sung us Perhaps the answer lies unsaid Behind the placid glory, And secrets in his little…
Christ Redeemed Us from the Curse of the Law
Apr 10, 1983
When Christ experienced the curse of the law on the cross it was not his own but ours.
Shaping the Future of BBC Saturday Morning
Apr 11, 1983
Part of the process for determining God’s will for your life is deciding what you are good at. So with churches.
The Law Does Not Annul the Promise
Apr 17, 1983
It would be terribly wrong to say that the Mosaic law was opposed in its teaching to the Abrahamic covenant.
An Invitation to Join a New Venture in Missions
Apr 18, 1983
Part of the charter for a new group at BBC called Frontier Missions Prayer and Study Group.
Why Then the Law?
Apr 24, 1983
If we don't understand why the law was given, we can kill ourselves with it.
Hmm, I Think That to You I Shall Give Eyes
Apr 25, 1983
Why do people want to get rich when they already have things valued in the millions of dollars?
If You Are Christ's, You Are Heirs of the Promise
May 1, 1983
When you entrust yourself to Christ you honor him, and he would be denying himself to turn you away.
Piper Meets the Moonies
May 2, 1983
Four reasons why Unification Church theology should be rejected.
Don't Go Back from Sonship to Slavery
May 8, 1983
If Satan can't get you to disobey God's commands, then he'll try to make you obey them with the wrong spirit.
There Is No Razor Blade in Your Banana
May 9, 1983
The best way to free people from slavish sins and irrational fears is to fill their lives with big and powerful realities.
O, That Christ Would Be Formed in You!
May 15, 1983
We are freed from the burden of the law when we are given the power to fulfill it from within. And that happens when Christ is formed in us.
Hagar and Slavery Vs. Sarah and Freedom
May 22, 1983
For Paul, the experience of freedom is not icing on the cake of Christianity. Freedom in Christ is Christianity.
Meal Time Prayers
May 23, 1983
If meal time prayers are almost always the same, why not craft some which really say something significant?
For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free
May 29, 1983
Your enjoyment of freedom is much more important to God than many of the day-to-day decisions that fill us with so much concern.
Saving Faith Produces Love
Jun 5, 1983
Being a loving person is absolutely essential to being saved, because the faith which saves by its very essence works through love.
Toward a Theology of Church Picnics
Jun 6, 1983
If picnics don’t have to do with God, then we may as well close up shop.
Freed to Love
Jun 12, 1983
Freedom flows forth in love just as surely as a bubbling spring flows forth in a mountain stream.
The War Within: Flesh Vs. Spirit
Jun 19, 1983
A Christian is not a person who experiences no bad desires. A Christian is a person who is at war with those desires by the power of the Spirit.
Universalism in Romans 9–11?
Testing the Exegesis of Thomas Talbott
Jul 1, 1983
For Thomas Talbott the command “Love your neighbor as yourself” teaches universalism. You cannot desire the good of your neighbor and simultaneously approve of a God who refuses to promote that neighbor’s good. But God does command us to love…
What the Pastor Did on Vacation
Aug 1, 1983
John Piper recounts the activities and effects of vacation with his family.
Walk by the Spirit!
Aug 7, 1983
People who bear the fruit of the Spirit know they are worthy only of condemnation. They know that the only pay they can earn is the wrath of God.
Why Have a Statement of Purpose?
An Invitation to Three Special Sunday School Classes
Aug 8, 1983
If every member could express why we exist as a church, there would be a new intensity about all we do.
The Law of Christ
Bearing Each Other's Burdens
Aug 14, 1983
If we really care about a person's ultimate welfare, we will confront them with their sin as well as comfort them in their trouble.
The Overarching Mission of Bethlehem Baptist Church
Aug 15, 1983
We cannot define our mission in terms of deeds alone because any deed can be done with an attitude that does not glorify God.
Do Not Grow Weary in Well-Doing
Aug 21, 1983
When you get your paycheck, do you look to the Spirit for how to use this money for God's kingdom?
An Invitation to QuILT
Aug 22, 1983
One way to raise up church leaders is to provide in-house training opportunities.
Only a New Creation Counts
Aug 28, 1983
The mindset of the new creation does not just agree that Christ died for sinners; it glories in the cross.
Why God Wills Work
Sep 4, 1983
There are at least four reasons for why God has given work to mankind.
Clarifying Christian Hedonism
Sep 6, 1983
The announcement of the then forthcoming sermon series, "Desiring God."
The Happiness of God: Foundation for Christian Hedonism
Sep 11, 1983
God enjoys eternal happiness in himself, and he delights in satisfying his people with the overflow of that abundant joy.
“Before the Time”
A Fifth Column of Faith Behind Enemy Lines
Sep 12, 1983
Christ has plotted many tactical advances before the time of the final victory.
Conversion to Christ: The Making of a Christian Hedonist
Sep 18, 1983
You are converted to Christ when Jesus becomes for you a treasure chest of holy joy.
New Staff at Bethlehem
Sep 19, 1983
Well, where do we go from here? Let’s think and pray about it together. Here’s where we stand now John Piper (full-time) – preaching, teaching, general spiritual oversight, staff discipleship and accountability, crisis care and some visitation; Tom Steller (full-time)…
Worship: the Feast of Christian Hedonism
Sep 25, 1983
When worship is reduced to a duty, it ceases to exist.
Love: the Labor of Christian Hedonism
Oct 2, 1983
If you abandon the pursuit of full and lasting pleasure, you cannot love people or please God.
Money: Currency for Christian Hedonism
Oct 9, 1983
What you do with it—or desire to do with it—can make or break your happiness forever.
A Letter Found to the West of the Sanctuary on the Stairs Leading up to the Senior High Room
Oct 10, 1983
Screwtape scolds Wormword for not doing more to undermine prayer at Bethlehem.
Marriage: A Matrix of Christian Hedonism
Oct 16, 1983
Marriage is a mystery — it contains and conceals a meaning far greater than what we see on the outside.
Oct 17, 1983
Sunday should be a day for delighting ourselves in the Lord in ways we can’t on other busy days.
Prayer: the Power of Christian Hedonism
Oct 23, 1983
Prayer is the open admission that without Christ we can do nothing.
Revolt Against the Sovereignty of God
Exploiting Heartache to Push Heresy
Oct 24, 1983
Denying God's control over evil does not bring the healing it purports to.
The Bible: Kindling for Christian Hedonism
Oct 30, 1983
When Satan huffs and puffs and tries to blow out the flame of your joy, you have an endless supply of kindling in the Word of God.
Then the End Will Come
Nov 7, 1983
The cause of world missions is absolutely assured of success. It cannot fail.
Missions: The Battle Cry of Christian Hedonism
Nov 13, 1983
The challenge is great. God is greater. The rewards are a hundred times better than anything the world can offer.
A Passion for Missions in the Men Who Stay
Nov 14, 1983
Laymen must be challenged to live for a cause greater than their present jobs.
Male, Female, and Morality
Nov 15, 1983
John Piper, “Male, Female and Morality,” The Standard 73:10 (November 1983): 26–28. This is the first essay in a “discussion” hosted by The Standard, the denominational magazine of the Baptist General Conference. Spread out over seven issues, from November 1983…
Proud People Don’t Say Thanks
Nov 20, 1983
The human heart hates the truth that creation teaches because it is too humbling.
He Knows My Name! He Knows My Name!
Nov 21, 1983
Knowing someone's name opens up the miracle of fellowship.
Setting the Stage
Nov 23, 1983
John Piper, “Setting the Stage: Response from John Piper,” The Standard 73:10 (November 1983): 30. This was a response to Alvera and Berekely Micklesen, “How Do We Interpret the Bible?” The Standard 73:10 (November 1983): 27–29. I see ample common…
God’s Covenant with Noah
Nov 27, 1983
The story of Noah and the flood is incomplete in itself. God still hates sin and no remedy was found. The story cries out for an epilogue.
Nov 27, 1983
Old Noah stroked his beard and sat Among his sons like stone. "What's that?" They asked. "There in your lap, the bark." But Noah let the evening dark Grow thick before he said a word "How can I speak what…
Questions from the Garden
Dec 2, 1983
John Piper, “Questions from the Garden: Response from John Piper,” The Standard 73:11 (December 1983): 36. This was a response to Alvera and Berekely Micklesen, “Male and Female in the Garden of Eden,” The Standard 73:11 (December 1983): 32, 34.…
God’s Covenant with Abraham
Dec 4, 1983
We need a solid insight into the meaning of Christ's coming that will keep us sober in a world intoxicated by the love of things.
Dec 4, 1983
Across the field and through the trees of Ephron, slumped upon his knees Beside the cave of Machpelah, The old man scorned anathema For love and kissed the ivory lips Of his dead wife; then laid the strips Of silk…
Dec 5, 1983
Christmas is a model for missions. As I so you. And that mission means danger.
God's Covenant Through Moses
Dec 11, 1983
What was freely given under Moses was purchased by Christ.
Dec 11, 1983
A hundred-twenty years the friend Of God! Heart flaming to the end. And in the crystal eyes a fire From what he'd seen of God's Desire. An unabated strength of soul Had kept his mind and body whole. O, how…