The Hour That Changes The World
Jan 2, 1985
Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscle of Omnipotence.
The Weapon Serves the Wielding Power
Jan 6, 1985
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication…
Three Cases of Presumption
Jan 7, 1985
Moral and spiritual vigilance is God's appointed way to glory. Self satisfied presumption will fall.
The Power that Wields the Weapon
Jan 13, 1985
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. You recall from…
Five Year Statistical Report
Jan 14, 1985
John Piper presents the fifth annual report since he came to Bethlehem.
Ambushing Satan with Song
Jan 20, 1985
Singing to God is not a nice little emotional trip to spice up a worship service. It is a matter of life and death.
Eternal Life Has Appeared in Christ
Jan 27, 1985
When God becomes a man, he strips away every pretense of man to be God.
Let Us Walk in the Light of God
Feb 3, 1985
If we are not walking in the light, we have no warrant for believing that our sins are covered.
"Code Name Sycamore"
Feb 4, 1985
Every army needs a small, swift squadron full of surprises for the enemy.
Jesus Christ Is an Advocate for Sinners
Feb 10, 1985
We must walk in the light if we are to go on experiencing the cleansing of Jesus. And if we sin, we do indeed have an advocate with the Father.
Ponder This with Tillapaugh
Feb 11, 1985
John Piper invites church members to consider with him how Bethlehem ought to handle future growth.
Obedience Confirms Our Standing in God
Feb 17, 1985
You can know that you know Christ if you obey his commands.
Who Am I Talking About?
Feb 18, 1985
Is there a necessary relationship between salvation and good works?
The One Who Loves Lives in Light
Feb 24, 1985
Hate is the evidence of blindness to the light of God. Love is the evidence that sight has been given to the blind.
What We Believe About the Five Points of Calvinism
Mar 1, 1985
To know God in his sovereignty is to become like an oak tree in the wind of adversity and confusion.
The Strong Need Strength
Mar 3, 1985
Unless there is hope of winning there is no motivation to fight. The apostle John motivates the fight with the confidence of victory.
Ministry Ferment on the Homefront
Mar 4, 1985
No ministry is too small. Someone needs your encouragement that their life can count.
Do Not Love the World
Mar 10, 1985
God offers an ever-flowing river of delight to anyone who will drink deeply of his goodness.
The Young, The Old, and The Hungry
Mar 11, 1985
Ministering to the hungry and homeless is a team effort.
Let What You Heard from the Beginning Abide in You
Mar 17, 1985
The Spirit agrees with the apostolic doctrine or it is not the Spirit of God.
Test the Spirits to See Whether They Are of God
May 5, 1985
Hearing the gospel with openness and confessing Christ with loyalty is the work and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The Need for Something New in Missions
May 6, 1985
Is the allocation of our missionaries and mission funds in accord with the biblical priorities?
Love One Another for Love Is of God
May 12, 1985
The evidence of being indwelt by the Spirit of God is the experience of loving Jesus the way the Father loves him.
May 13, 1985
Six possible responses after reading The Church Unleashed.
God Abides in the One Who Loves and the One Who Confesses
May 19, 1985
Six questions to see if you have genuine faith in Christ and love for others.
How to Confirm Your Call and Election
May 20, 1985
If we believe and love then we can have assurance that God abides in us.
Perfect Love Casts Out Fear
May 26, 1985
A life poured out in love for others on the basis of joyful confidence before God yields peace of mind and the hope of a glorious destiny.
His Commandments Are Not Burdensome
Jun 2, 1985
Faith says to every temptation of the world: NO, BE GONE! I know where true satisfaction is to be found.
A Weapon Against Satan's Summer Siege
Jun 4, 1985
Arm yourself with the thought that when Jesus died to free you from sin, you died to sin.
Job: Reverent in Suffering
Jul 7, 1985
Satan’s hand caused the suffering of Job. But in all of his calamities, Job still had reason for reverent worship because God was ultimately at work.
Job: Wrestling with Suffering
Jul 14, 1985
Why did God prolong Job's suffering? Didn't his initial reaction prove his faith?
Why an All-Church Survey?
Jul 15, 1985
A survey can inform you about your congregation and illumine more of God's will for how to grow.
Job: Rebuked in Suffering
Jul 21, 1985
The suffering of the righteous is not a token of God's enmity but of his love. It is not a punishment of their sins but a refinement of their righteousness.
Praying and Witnessing for Regeneration
Jul 22, 1985
How should we pray for and witness to the lost if salvation is the sovereign work of God?
Job: The Revelation of God in Suffering
Jul 28, 1985
It is presumptuous to assume you can counsel God about how to run a more just world.
Job: Reversal in Suffering
Aug 4, 1985
What God is after in all his dealings with his children is a brokenhearted joy that trusts like a little child in God and returns good for evil.
Saturday Evening Worship Service Announced
Aug 5, 1985
Two goals behind starting a Saturday evening worship service.
On Protecting the Church Staff
Aug 19, 1985
Why does John Piper pray by name for every church staff member every day?
Aug 25, 1985
Our homes and apartments should stand constantly ready for strategic hospitality—a readiness to welcome people who don't ordinarily live there.
For Your Labor Day Weekend Meditation
Aug 26, 1985
Six quotes that speak to the value of labor.
I Will Not Be Enslaved by Anything
Sep 1, 1985
Preserve your freedom in Christ! Can you say with Paul, "I will not be enslaved by anything!"?
Three Important Things for Members
Sep 3, 1985
The life of a growing church calls for prayer, planning, and praise.
You Shall Worship the Lord Your God
Sep 8, 1985
Worshiping God is the number one duty of every human being.
The Power of Knowledge
Sep 9, 1985
Knowledge doesn't guarantee godliness. But ignorance seems to guarantees ungodliness.
On Sharing Your Own Soul
Sep 15, 1985
Where the gospel flourishes people share their souls—their joys, guilts, fears, and passions.
Mission: The Gladness of God
Sep 22, 1985
God's invitation to the banquet of his eternal joy is sent through the church indiscriminately to all people.
It Will Happen by Prayer
Sep 23, 1985
The Lord grows his church by prayer, not by advertising alone.
Far More Than You Think
Sep 29, 1985
When the massive weather front of God's love meets the massive weather front of God's power in the heart of a believer, it produces a hurricane of doxology.
Remember the Sabbath Day to Keep It Holy
Oct 6, 1985
Humbly accept the fact that your true advancement in life depends far more on God's labor than yours.
Where Are We in Long Range Planning?
Oct 7, 1985
John Piper unfolds a motion regarding the long range plans of Bethlehem Baptist.
Called According to His Purpose
Oct 13, 1985
God’s call is the only thing powerful enough to pierce our hard hearts. It is the firm foundation of Romans 8:28.
Those Whom He Foreknew He Predestined
Sunday Evening Message
Oct 14, 1985
The glory of the preeminence Christ is the ultimate goal of predestination.
How Spurgeon Got Saved
Oct 14, 1985
John Piper quotes Spurgeon on how he came to believe in God's sovereign grace.
Those Whom He Predestined He Also Called
Oct 20, 1985
Our call, our conversion, our regeneration, and the gift of our faith are based on God’s eternal election and predestination, not on our self-determination.
Those Whom He Predestined He Also Called, Part 2
Sunday Evening Message
Oct 21, 1985
The doctrines of sovereign grace are not overthrown by problems in Scripture. They stand firm and are the precious foundation of our deepest hopes.
A Deep and Peaceful Hour
Oct 21, 1985
Scripture has the power to put your fretting soul to rest.
Those Whom He Called He Also Justified
Oct 27, 1985
God flattened the mountain of his wrath that blocked the railroad between my predestination and my glorification. He justified us by the death of his Son.
Those Whom He Called He Also Justified, Part 2
Sunday Evening Message
Oct 28, 1985
It is faith alone which justifies, but that the faith which justifies never stays alone. It is living and active and bears fruit in obedience.
Those Whom He Justified He Also Glorified
Nov 3, 1985
God will glorify his children both spiritually and physically. Nothing can sever his unbreakable chain of salvation.
From Bedford to Bethlehem via China
Nov 4, 1985
Introducing the China Awareness Seminar and its speaker, David Adeney.
The Missionary Challenge of Paul's Life
Nov 7, 1985
I would like to direct your attention to the word of God in Paul's missionary letter to the Romans (15:7-24). And within this text you may want to alert yourself as we read to three things: the model, the mission…
I Have Other Sheep That Are Not of This Fold
Nov 10, 1985
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to the Son of God and he declares, “I must bring in my other sheep.” He will do it.
Reading for Your Own Soul and Others'
Nov 11, 1985
How can Christians use the incredible power of literature to spread the gospel?
Testing Your Attendance Strategy Quotient
Nov 18, 1985
A test to see how mindful you are to others in your church attendance.
Guard Yourself With Gratitude
Nov 24, 1985
Thankfulness guards our souls because it nurtures humility and kills triviality.
Foreknown & Destined In The Son
Dec 1, 1985
A poetic reflection on the glories of God in the doctrine of predestination.
A True Story to Encourage You to Really Give
Dec 2, 1985
The generosity of God's people does not go unnoticed.
Dec 8, 1985
A poem to remind us that, "None of us would live at all but by the Lord's triumphant call."
Why We Need a Savior: Dead in Sins
Dec 8, 1985
We need a Savior because we are spiritually dead and helpless without him, no matter how good we look on the outside.
I'm at the Doctor's Office with a Broken Leg
Dec 9, 1985
John Piper expresses his gratitude for three fellow staffers at Bethlehem.
Why We Need a Savior: Captive to an Alien Power, by Nature Children of Wrath
Dec 15, 1985
We were dead to God, enslaved to Satan, and were rightfully under the wrath of God. There was only one hope, and it was not in ourselves.
The Thief on the Cross
Dec 15, 1985
It was as though a thousand layers Of fraud and murder and affairs, Each wrapped around his shrinking heart, And hard as steel, had come apart. He hung there silent, numb and hoarse From screaming at the pain. The coarse…
Dec 22, 1985
(The audio is from John Piper's reading in 2003.) As far as any eye could see There was no green. But every tree Was cinder black, and all the ground Was grey with ash. The only sound Was arid…
Dec 23, 1985
Joseph Alleine's life and writing was a true model of Puritan evangelism.