Interview with

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Audio Transcript

Well 2021 is nearly done, and 2022 is nearly here. Amazing. As we change out the calendar, Pastor John shared some thoughts recently that I want to share with you here. He was speaking about our aims at Desiring God. What do we aspire to do? What do we want to be? What do we want to be known for? What kind of reputation do we want? We think about these things because the Bible calls us to consider these things. For our answer, I want you to hear from Pastor John directly. Here’s what he said.

At Desiring God, we love truth. That’s how we love people, because Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). He said, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). He said, “The Father is seeking such people to worship him [in spirit and in truth]” (John 4:23). The apostle Paul said to put on “the belt of truth” when you go out to battle the devil (Ephesians 6:14). Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). He prayed, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17).

And there’s the key for us at Desiring God: “Your word is truth.” If you love the truth, you love the word. If you measure everything by the truth, you measure everything by the word of God, the Bible.

“Desiring God aims to be a truth-driven, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting, obedience-advancing, joy-deepening ministry.”

We have a ten-year vision at Desiring God, and we break it down into ten facets of a fruitful future. The very first one goes like this: we intend, we dream, we hope, we pray, we aim that Desiring God will be among the first ministries that people think of all over the world when they are asked the question, Where can I go for resources that never apologize for any teaching in the Bible? That’s what we want to be.

And the teaching that is right at the heart of Desiring God is the glorious teaching, the glorious reality, that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him — when we are most happy, most joyful, most treasuring of Jesus right through all the sorrows and pains of obedience.

So we aim to be a truth-driven, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting, obedience-advancing, joy-deepening ministry. If you love this vision, would you put us to the test? Would you see whether we are found faithful to be that kind of truth-driven ministry? And if you find us faithful, would you consider being a monthly ministry partner with us? We would be so encouraged with that level of support, so thank you for considering it.