A Baptist Catechism
Adapted by John Piper
Jan 1, 1986
This document is also available in PDF. A Catechism? I. What is a catechism? In 1 Corinthians 14:19 Paul says, "In the church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others, than ten…
On Divorce & Remarriage in the Event of Adultery
Jan 1, 1986
There is no loophole in Scripture for divorce and remarriage when one of the partners commits adultery.
My Heart's Desire: That They Might Be Saved
Jan 5, 1986
It is fitting for those who believe in the sovereignty of God to feel a deep sorrow and for the lost and a deep longing for their conversion.
The Voice of the Snow God
Jan 6, 1986
The Lord gets himself glory by providing just enough for his people, and just in time.
My Prayer to God Is That They Might Be Saved
Jan 12, 1986
Paul does not pray for ineffectual influences, but for effectual influences. And that is how we should pray too.
What Can I Say -Ay -Ay?
Jan 13, 1986
Pastor John expresses gratitude for his fortieth birthday suprise party.
I Will Sing of Thy Might and Mercy
Jan 19, 1986
Authenticity and depth in worship characterize those who suffer with Christ by bearing the burdens of others.
Why We Are Going to Three Sunday Morning Services
Jan 20, 1986
How should a church handle current growth and prepare for the future?
The Beatitudes and the Gospel of the Kingdom
Jan 26, 1986
The powerful mercy of the kingdom has already come in Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit Who Mourn
Feb 2, 1986
Blessed are those who feel keenly their helplessness and their unworthiness and their emptiness and are driven by them to the grace of God.
Take Part in the Dream
Feb 3, 1986
Important Congregational Meeting Sunday evening, February 9, at 7:30, there will be an all—church discussion of a long range master plan developed by the Long Range Planning Committee of the Council of Deacons. No action has been taken on this…
Getting Ready for Three Services
Feb 10, 1986
I thank God for you So many of you have responded with optimism and with the grace of flexibility to the challenges of three services. The three services will begin meeting Sunday morning, March 2, at: 8:15, 9:45 and 11:15. …
Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
Feb 16, 1986
The hunger of your life that cannot be satisfied by anything in this world is the constant beckoning of God to remember that you were made for him.
Possible Steps for '86
Feb 17, 1986
Eight reasons for why Bethlehem members voted to postpone a capital campaign.
Blessed Are the Merciful
Feb 23, 1986
Mercy comes from mercy. Our mercy to each other comes from God's mercy to us.
The Move to Three Services and a Milieu for Missions
Feb 24, 1986
David Jaeger, missionary to Liberia, has done as much as anybody to keep me thinking about Bethlehem and missions. In his most recent letter he described the Malinke, a people group in Guinea numbering 750,000 with five known Christians, no…
Blessed Are the Pure in Heart
Mar 2, 1986
It is not enough to clean up our act on the outside. Jesus is concerned about our heart. Because from the heart are all the issues of life.
The Tree Jumped Into The Sea
Mar 3, 1986
How humbled and full of gratitude we must be that God would answer our prayers so remarkably! With only a mustard seed of faith the tree actually did obey! As we began our three service schedule last Sunday morning, the…
Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Mar 9, 1986
God is a peace-loving God, and a peacemaking God. God's children have the character of their Father.
Blessed Are the Persecuted
Mar 16, 1986
To the degree that you believe what Jesus sees in heaven, to that degree you will be able to rejoice and be glad in suffering.
U-Bahns, Missions and WTV's
How to Get to a Crowded Church
Mar 17, 1986
Noël and I lived in Munich, Germany, for three years without a car—and loved it. Buses, streetcars, subways and commuter trains took us within a couple blocks of wherever we wanted to be. You could set your watch by the…
Christ: The Lion and the Lamb
Mar 23, 1986
You were made to admire Jesus Christ the Lion and the Lamb.
What We Owe the Resurrection of Jesus
An Aid to Easter Worship
Mar 24, 1986
1) A savior who can never die again. "For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again." Romans 6:9 2) Repentance. "The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him…
The Marvelous Rising of a Rejected Stone
Mar 30, 1986
Academic stature has never been a guarantee of religious insight.
What Is Hope?
Apr 6, 1986
Our hope in God isn’t just a wish or a dream, but a sure confidence that what God says will happen will happen.
A Sermon Series on Christian Hope
Apr 7, 1986
I hope (ordinary human hope) that you will use this list of titles and texts to study and pray! On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, pray that last week's word bear fruit in conversations and edification. On Thursday, Friday and…
Why Hope? Grace!
Apr 13, 1986
From beginning to end our salvation—our election, our calling, our faith, our sanctification, and our glorification—is a work of divine grace.
The Hope of the Gospel
Apr 20, 1986
The gospel is the good news that there is hope for sinners — even the worst of us.
When Everyone Deserts You
Meditation on Paul's Last Imprisonment
Apr 21, 1986
After Jesus Christ I admire the Apostle Paul more than any other man. In fact I love him. I am sometimes moved to tears by the agonies of his life. I soar when he skywrites the glories of Christ. One…
How Can I Hope? New Birth!
Apr 27, 1986
To get well from the disease of sin, and to have a living hope, you have to undergo surgery.
How Can I Keep on Hoping? The Scriptures!
May 4, 1986
The strength to endure comes from the hope before us. And the hope before us comes from the Scriptures.
How to Become a Large Tree
May 5, 1986
Truth is a powerful thing. So is falsehood. If you think on truth it will free. If you think on falsehood it will enslave. “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” But not just any…
Holy Women Who Hoped in God
May 11, 1986
The daughters of Sarah fight the anxiety that rises in their hearts. They wage war on fear, and they defeat it with the promises of God.
A Stunning Suggestion
May 12, 1986
At the time of this writing I have not been in on any of the meetings with our friends from First Baptist. The spokesmen for Bethlehem so far have been Dennis Smith, Dick Fast, Roger Fast, and Cavour Justus. My…
Our Hope: The Appearing of Jesus Christ
May 18, 1986
The blessed hope of all who believe is the appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Do you eagerly await the coming of Christ?
Let Us Taste the Sweetness of Sovereignty
May 19, 1986
What kept William Carey going in the midst of great trial and loss?
Our Hope: The Redemption of Our Bodies
May 25, 1986
There is coming a day when our bodies are going to be redeemed and there will be no more groaning.
Our Hope: Righteousness
Jun 1, 1986
The presence of a struggle with sin in this life is not a sign that we are lost. Perfection is not the test of spiritual life in this age.
Revival and Fasting
Jun 6, 1986
There was a Presbyterian minister in Albany, New York, who died in 1876. He had been the pastor of the Presbyterian church in Albany for 40 years. His name was William Sprague (1795-1876). His life spanned the time of the…
Educating for Hope
Jun 8, 1986
A wise son makes a glad father, says the Lord, and it is the Word of God that makes a son wise.
Jun 9, 1986
What is it? In 1 Corinthians 14:19, Paul says, “In the church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.” In Galatians 6:6, he says, “Let him…
Fathers Who Give Hope
Jun 15, 1986
Dads, father your children in a way that shows what kind of father God is.
Questions About the All Church Picnic
Jun 16, 1986
Does the pastor wear shorts? He never has. But he and Noël do run a mean three-legged race Who is invited? You are! And as many people as you can bring. When and where? After the third worship service, Sunday…
Our Hope: The Glory of God
Jun 22, 1986
If there is any wonder or awe or admiration or fame or praise or applause, it belongs to the glory of God. For all other glory is like grass compared to God's.
A Case for Seriousness
Jun 23, 1986
Will there ever be revival in a place where everything is aimed at cultivating a light and pleasant spirit?
Highlights of the 108th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Conference
Sturbridge, Massachusetts - June 25-29, 1986
Jun 30, 1986
1) A new conference organizational structure was approved provisionally. It will be voted on next year for decisive approval 2) A new funding procedure was approved. a) The General Secretary's office, the Standard, and other support services will no…
The Fruit of Hope: Joy
Jul 6, 1986
Without Christian hope my life and your life cannot yield Christian joy or love or boldness or endurance.
Grounds for Assurance that God Will “Keep us Trusting”
Jul 7, 1986
Does the perseverance of our faith rest on the reliability of our own resolve?
The Fruit of Hope: Love
Jul 13, 1986
Heavenly-mindedness is what frees our hands to do the works of love.
The Other Four Illustrations
How Hope Compels Love
Jul 14, 1986
Four illustrations from Scripture of how hope moves and sustains love.
Divorce & Remarriage: A Position Paper
Jul 21, 1986
John Piper gives eleven reasons why he believes all remarriage after divorce is unbiblical when both of the spouses are still alive.
A Feast from God for Your Hope and Boldness
Jul 21, 1986
Ten texts to stoke your confidence in and courage for Christ.
The Fruit of Hope: Endurance
Jul 27, 1986
Endurance is a gift and endurance is a duty. And these are not in conflict.
Why I Have Accepted the Contingent Call to First Baptist Church
Sep 8, 1986
On September 3, FBC voted to call me to be its pastor “contingent upon the merger of the congregations of FBC and BBC." In other words, if there is no merger I stay here. I have accepted this call It…
Strengthen Each Other’s Hands in God
Sep 14, 1986
God has ordained that we be related to other believers in such a way that we can help each other fight the fight of faith successfully day in and day out until the end.
How to Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God
Sep 15, 1986
How can we do everything, whether we eat or drink, to the glory of God?
Put on the New Person
Sep 21, 1986
When Paul says, put off the old person and put on the new person, he is not talking about an optional elective, but core curriculum in the school of Christ.
Three Words of Thanks and a Plan
Sep 22, 1986
To God O Lord, my Lord, how many times you have come to my rescue! How many Sundays has there been no strength left, and no word to speak, and no time to prepare! And you! You, in your tender…
Speak Truth with Your Neighbor
Sep 28, 1986
If we walk with Jesus, we will be straightforward, open, and honest in all our dealings and in every relationship.
Don't Steal, Work and Give!
Oct 5, 1986
You can live to HAVE, either legally or illegally. Or you can become a Christian and live to give.
Trouble: Faith’s Best Friend
Oct 6, 1986
Suffering would seem to threaten endurance, not promote it. But that’s not what James says.
Make Your Mouth a Means of Grace
Oct 12, 1986
Four kinds of rotten language, and a whole new way to think about words.
A Minor Merger Miracle
Oct 13, 1986
Sunday night I got a call from a college friend of mine who flies for Ozark. He was in town on a layover and just wanted to touch base and keep the friendship alive We talked about the purchase of…
Be Kind to One Another
Oct 19, 1986
Christian kindness is not merely an external change of manners; it is an internal change of heart.
Load Your Guns With Some of These Anti-Satan Shells
Oct 20, 1986
Fourteen passages of spiritual firepower for overcoming the devil.
The Enthronement of Desire
Oct 26, 1986
The most potent antidote for sin’s sickness is gratitude to God for the glories of the gospel.
A Catechism Question for Missions Week!
Nov 3, 1986
Did God leave all mankind to perish in the condemnation of sin and misery?
Let All the Peoples Praise Thee
Nov 9, 1986
God's purpose is to be known and praised and enjoyed and feared among all the nations of the earth.
"Are You Becoming a Post-Millennialist?"
Nov 10, 1986
When will Christ come back, and what does this have to do with missions?
Some Meanings of Missions Week '86
Nov 17, 1986
First Some Facts Missions week began three days early and included two Wednesday nights instead of one. For the first time we included an all-night prayer meeting with at least 150 beginning the night together at 10 PM, Friday, November…
Urgency and Gratitude
Nov 23, 1986
How are we supposed to understand and live out the paradoxes of Scripture?
Nov 30, 1986
The priests and merchants in the hills, And girls and women at the mills, Had smiled at old man Zach as long As many could recall. "The song!" They'd shout, when he returned to them From duty in Jerusalem, "The…
Why the Ballot Looks the Way It Does
Dec 1, 1986
Over the last several years Bethlehem has developed an election procedure that is based on biblical principles. It has served well to preserve spiritual, gifted, harmonious lay leadership in the church Some Biblical Principles 1) Church leaders should be spiritual…
John the Baptist
Dec 7, 1986
John the Baptist is in Herod's jail cell, all alone, in pain with one eye gouged out, when the doubts strike. With faint music from the banquet hall in the distance, John agonizes - a story of the deep darkness …
Preparing to Receive Christ: Willing to Do the Will of God
Dec 7, 1986
The great obstacle to recognizing the truth of Christ is not deficient resources but deep rebellion against God.
The Power of Books and How to Use Them
Dec 8, 1986
Make all your reading purposeful. Great books have changed the world by changing people's lives.