The Unique and Primary Goal of Missions
Jan 1, 1991
1. The Question Posed 2. Definitions 3. Biblical Exposition 3.1 Matthew 28:18-20 3.11 Singular use of ethnos 3.12 Plural use of ethnos 3.13 Panta ta ethne 3.2 Revelation 3.3 Gospel of John 3.4 The Old Testament Hope 3.5 Paul’s Idea…
The Fourth Annual Bethlehem Conference for Pastors
Jan 7, 1991
This is a call to pray for our upcoming conference. To guide your prayer I print here the letter I sent to all the pastors on our mailing list. It shows you the spirit and the content and speakers of…
Signs and Wonders: Then and Now
Feb 1, 1991
The Bible teaches that spiritual gifts, including prophecy and tongues, will continue until Jesus comes. To neglect them is to risk disobedience.
B.I.T.C. Plenary Session
Wednesdays, February 20 - March 20
Feb 11, 1991
What is “Evangelism” and who speaks for us? I invite you to join us for 5 studies of the life and message of We have 100 copies of this fascinating book at the super price of $6.00…
Signs and Wonders and Suffering
Feb 18, 1991
A life of suffering and a ministry of signs and wonders are not inconsistent with one another.
How Our New Worship Building Will Become Wonderfully Obsolete
The Real Aim of SPAN III
Feb 25, 1991
If God sends a Great Awakening to the Twin Cities it will make all church buildings obsolete. How do you build sanctuaries to house the harvest of a power-evangelism that brings three thousand people into the kingdom in a single…
King David's Thoughts on Giving to Build the House of the Lord
Mar 4, 1991
"Who then today will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the Lord?" "The heads of fathers’ houses made their freewill offerings, as did also the leaders of the tribes." "And whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of…
Thoughts on Our ‘SPAN III’ Commitments Before I Know the Results
Mar 11, 1991
It is five o’clock Sunday afternoon, March 10. After this morning’s service at Northwestern I came home, ate some of Noël’s world-class spaghetti, and went to bed. I have just gotten up from that nap What a morning the Lord…
Getting to Know the Recipient of $828,387 of Your Dollars
Mar 18, 1991
Most of our new, young members know almost nothing about the Baptist General Conference. Yet it is our primary arm of outreach beyond Minneapolis. It is a fellowship of 800 churches in the United States. Together we are aiming to…
Whatever Happened to That "Free" Book You Promised?
Apr 1, 1991
It’s here. And I am excited about it. It’s called Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism. The book has 22 authors, 26 chapters and 566 pages. Wayne Grudem and I edited the book, and I…
What Is God Saying to Us in the ‘SPAN III’ Pledges?
Apr 8, 1991
In October 1987 we voted to build a new worship center. For over 100 years Bethlehem had worshipped in the present sanctuary which holds 450 comfortably and 500 crowded. In March of 1981 we went to two Sunday morning services…
Would You Accept Execution for Being a Christian?
Apr 15, 1991
Can you honestly say with the psalmist, “the steadfast love of the Lord is better than life”?
Do You Ever Fast for More of God’s Power?
Apr 22, 1991
The absence of fasting probably means the absence of deep longings for God’s power. And the absence of deep longing is one reason he waits to bless us.
Is God Calling You to Join the Team at Immanuel?
May 6, 1991
I can’t get over these numbers when applied to the Twin Cities. When revival came to Alliance, Nebraska in the spring of 1990 over half of the 9,000 population attended special evangelistic meetings, and one tenth of the population (900)…
Did You Say "Amen" for Children?
May 13, 1991
I love to dedicate children. It is an exhausting mental challenge to remember all those names. But the immensity of the importance of what is happening makes it very satisfying. How I pray that the investment of my life at…
How the Elder Candidates Were Chosen and How They Will Be Presented
May 20, 1991
The first nominees for the eldership of Bethlehem Baptist Church are Rollin Erickson, Ronn Kreps, David Livingston, Tom Ragstad, Daniel Runion, Tom Schreiner, Dennis Smith, Gene Sprinkel, Tom Steller, John Piper, Marty Wade. I say first nominees because the constitution…
Summer Faithfulness Is Better Than December Desperation
How to Have a Clear Conscience on Vacation
May 28, 1991
Sometimes a fourth of our budget is given in December! This makes cash flow in the summer very difficult. This year especially. The reserves we have used for a cushion are being paid out to their designated ministries and SPAN…
Happiness In Being Loved, and Loving In Being Happy
Jun 3, 1991
The church gets its greatest spiritual advantage when its elders are leading with joy.
Pray, Park, Premier Praise, Jesus Parade
Jun 17, 1991
Pray All night. Friday, June 21, 10 PM till Saturday at 6 AM. This will be the power booster behind all our efforts as we enter the new sanctuary. We want to enter with the power of God’s Spirit, not…
For Single Men and Women (and the Rest of Us)
Jul 1, 1991
This article appeared originally as John Piper’s foreword to the book Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. We know you are there — more sixty million singles in America. And we are listening. One of the most important things we…
An Open Letter to a Friend in Heaven
Jul 1, 1991
John Piper commemorates the life of an elder at Bethlehem who went to be with Jesus.
Be Wise, Buy the Summer Moment, Season with Salt
Jul 8, 1991
What does it mean to let our words be "seasoned with salt"?
What Keeps Me Going
Sep 3, 1991
John Piper's life as a pastor hangs on his people's firm and growing stand in the Lord.
Why Does Bethlehem Exist?
What I Said at the Leadership Retreat
Sep 9, 1991
Bethlehem exists to reassert God’s rightful place in all of life.
Abortion, Rescuing, and Your Action
Sep 16, 1991
It is not a crime or sin to trespass in order to save a human life.
For Men Only
Playing, Planning and Paradise
Oct 14, 1991
Satan loves it when men drift and coast and let their lives be molded by the whimsical pressures of every day.
"Safe Sex" Is the Slam-Dunk of the Devil
Nov 11, 1991
Sin has a very high price tag. And it isn’t worth it.
Violence, Ugliness, and Thanksgiving
Nov 18, 1991
If we do not believe we are deeply indebted to God for all we have or hope to have, then the very spring of gratitude has gone dry.
Dec 1, 1991
Jerusalem lies in a black and bloody heap. The doubting apostle Thomas is preaching the gospel in India when news of the fall arrives. He rends his clothes and with his face to the floor asks "Why?" The answer comes…
Barnabas & Bar-Jesus
Dec 8, 1991
The Mesaoria Plain spreads west From Salamis beneath the crest Of Kyrenian Mountains to The north, and splits the island through, And makes a way for level roads To Paphos with their endless loads Of copper, bringing wealth and fame…
12 Reasons for Christmas
Dec 9, 1991
Twelve arguments from the New Testament for why God became flesh.
Zacchaeus and Bartimaeus
Dec 15, 1991
Zacchaeus sat down on the grass Without a word. "You know, it's crass To sit with beggars on the ground," The old man said. "You might be found. Your clients might come by and think You've lost your job. They'd…
Remarkable Answers to Prayer
Getting Ready for Prayer Week
Dec 16, 1991
Prayer is like marriage. It should be a mix of both discipline and spontaneity.