Toward an Ethic of Christian Hedonism
Jan 2, 1989
The basic tenet of Christian hedonism is that the desire to be happy is a proper motive for every good deed. Or conversely, if you abandon the pursuit of your own pleasure, you cannot please God or perform good deeds…
"Quest for Joy: Six Biblical Truths"
A New Series of Five Sermons on Evangelism and One on Abortion
Jan 2, 1989
John Piper introduces a simple, attractive pamphlet that tries to capture the essence of the gospel in six truths.
Why Would Three Pastors from Bethlehem Get Arrested?
Jan 9, 1989
Modern technology has opened a window on the womb that will be Exhibit A at the judgment seat of God.
Action Is Not the Essence
Jan 16, 1989
Action is crucial, but it must come from faith, ride on faith, and aim at faith.
The What and Why of Pastor John’s 1989 Study Leave
Jan 23, 1989
John Piper shares his heart, mind, and plans with the congregation.
Final Judgment According to Works
Feb 6, 1989
We must learn to make the biblical distinction between earning eternal life on the basis of works and receiving eternal life according to works.
The Misuse of Exodus 21:22-25 by Pro-Choice Advocates
Feb 8, 1989
The old covenant law provided for the protection of prematurely born babies with the same sanctions as the mother.
Putting God Back Into Faith
Review of The Gospel according to Jesus, by John MacArthur
Feb 12, 1989
When latter-day Puritans J. I. Packer and James Boice both write enthusiastic forewords for a confessed “premillennial dispensationalist” (p. 25), the common adversary must be ominous. What alarm welded this unusual coalition? Answer: “Loud voices from the dispensationalist camp are…
Why I Have Decided Not to Take a Study Leave This Summer
Apr 3, 1989
We don't want to hire church staff for maintenance or comfort. We want staff who will mobilize the people for war.
Ten Reasons Why It Is Wrong to Take the Life of Unborn Children
Apr 7, 1989
This is not a defense of the humanity of the unborn. It is an argument that if the unborn are human they ought not to be aborted. There are some abortionists who believe that the unborn are human beings. But…
The Bethlehem Conference for Pastors and You
Apr 10, 1989
The long term effects of any conference depends on whether the truth and power of the messages and conversations abide.
Passages on Enduring to the End with Faith and Zeal
Apr 12, 1989
Sixteen sayings of Scripture that should empower you to persevere.
"Again You Shall Take Up Your Tambourines"
What’s the Whole Counsel of God?
Apr 17, 1989
Doctrine is the new (and better) foundation of exuberance when the naiveté of childhood won’t work anymore.
A Crucial Time to Focus Prayer on Pastoral Leadership
May 1, 1989
What does it mean in our culture to "take heed to all the flock"?
A Statement on Divorce & Remarriage in the Life of Bethlehem Baptist Church
May 2, 1989
What do elders who have differing views on divorce and remarriage teach their church?
Divorce and Remarriage at Bethlehem
May 8, 1989
Pastor John introduces a paper about covenant commitments both in marriage and in church membership.
Meditation on a Mother’s Day Without Noël
May 15, 1989
Public praise from a pastor to his wife on Mother's Day.
Urgent Call for Teachers in Cameroon
And BBC Laotian Summer Sunday School
May 22, 1989
John Piper spreads the word to his congregation about an immediate and crucial missions need.
When Does God Answer Prayer?
Jun 5, 1989
Prayer is not designed to compound hoarded pleasures. If we do not aim to love, we pray in vain.
SPAN the Nineties II: The Issue of Wine Skins
Jun 12, 1989
What do you want from your church? Would you be satisfied if it fit you like a glove and saved few sinners?
Search for the Minister for Children’s Discipleship
Sep 5, 1989
John Piper announces and explains the search process for a new pastor, and then calls for prayer for the Lord to provide.
How to Be Strong in the Lord
Sep 11, 1989
Finishing the race means you must recover the joy of the Lord again and again.
Making a Difference by Fire
Oct 2, 1989
The heart of any saint can be passionate for God. It happens through prayerful immersion in Scripture.
How You Can Change a City and a World
Oct 9, 1989
Nine reasons from the Bible for believing that God wills to do great things with the gospel through prayer.
Ten Reasons to Rejoice over the First Term of the Bethlehem Institute and Training Center and Plan for the Second
Oct 16, 1989
Biblical truth is utterly essential to spiritual life.
Something Radical Is Required
Oct 23, 1989
Sixty-six thousand people a day die without Christ among the unreached peoples. Knowing this, what should you do?
What Awakenings Have Accomplished
Nov 6, 1989
Jonathan Edwards who lived 250 years ago and is regarded as one of America's greatest thinkers, was ablaze for God. He was God's instrument in bringing about the First Great Awakening—a spiritual revival that spread over New England and to…
You Are About to Change Your Job
Nov 13, 1989
God is calling many of you to rethink your life goals, and your life work. These are exciting days. Unsettling days. But you are yearning deep inside to live and work closer to the brink of eternity. You are dissatisfied…
Peter & John
Dec 3, 1989
An Advent Meditation at the Lord's Table These two great apostles and friends reunite after years of separation in the ministry of the gospel. As they reminisce, Peter confides in John that his denial of Jesus still haunts him. It's…
Prison Profanity and the Meaning of Advent
Dec 4, 1989
Foul language is a pitiful attempt to fill a void which God meant to be filled with gratitude to him and love to others.
Dec 10, 1989
Do you hear the children crying? I can hear them every day, Crying, sighing, dying, flying Somewhere safe where they can play Somewhere safe from all the dangers, Somewhere safe from Crack and AIDS, Safe from lust and lurking strangers…
The Power of God and “Pro-Choice” Reasoning
Dec 11, 1989
Divine power is necessary to counter the irrationality of evil.
Dec 17, 1989
(This audio of John Piper's reading is from 2001.) When he was small his mother told Him many times the tales of old, When Hittites ruled the mountains and The plains, and conquered all the land From western seas to…
All the Promises of God Are Yes in Christ
Prayer Week 1990
Dec 18, 1989
Don’t let turning points pass with no special devotion to the Lord. Set apart some time for special fasting and prayer.