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.
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.
What Can I Say -Ay -Ay?
Jan 13, 1986
Pastor John expresses gratitude for his fortieth birthday suprise party.
Why We Are Going to Three Sunday Morning Services
Jan 20, 1986
How should a church handle current growth and prepare for the future?
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. …
Possible Steps for '86
Feb 17, 1986
Eight reasons for why Bethlehem members voted to postpone a capital campaign.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
Let Us Taste the Sweetness of Sovereignty
May 19, 1986
What kept William Carey going in the midst of great trial and loss?
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…
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…
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…
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 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.
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…
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?
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…
Trouble: Faith’s Best Friend
Oct 6, 1986
Suffering would seem to threaten endurance, not promote it. But that’s not what James says.
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…
Load Your Guns With Some of These Anti-Satan Shells
Oct 20, 1986
Fourteen passages of spiritual firepower for overcoming the devil.
A Catechism Question for Missions Week!
Nov 3, 1986
Did God leave all mankind to perish in the condemnation of sin and misery?
"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…
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 …
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.
Dec 14, 1986
The world that Jesus entered was not “all calm and bright.” Linger in this imaginative rendering of the land of deep darkness on which the light of God has shone.
The Apostle Paul
Dec 21, 1986
Within a fortnight Publius Had put his faith in Christ. He was A Roman guard assigned to keep Paul in his house. But soon the deep And joyful message took his heart, And made him and his son a part…