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John Piper

John Piper (1946 - Present)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker John Piper in text and pdf format. is a Calvinistic Baptist Christian preacher and author currently serving as Pastor for Preaching and Vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His books include ECPA Christian Book Award winners Spectacular Sins, What Jesus Demands from the World, Pierced by the Word, and God's Passion for His Glory, and bestsellers Don't Waste Your Life and The Passion of Jesus Christ. The evangelical organization Desiring God is named for his book Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (1986).

In 1980, after what he described as an "irresistible call of the Lord to preach", Piper became Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has been ministering ever since. Piper hit the evangelical scene after the publication of his book Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (1986) and has continued to publish dozens of other books further articulating this theological perspective. In 1994, he founded Desiring God Ministries, which provides all of Piper's sermons and articles from the past three decades, and most of his books online free of charge, as well as offering for sale books, CDs, and DVDs and regularly hosting conferences.

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The Son of God At 12 Years Old
      January 11, 1981 Luke 2:41-52 "Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed ... read more

The Sovereignty of God and Prayer
      I am often asked, "If you believe God works all things according to the counsel of his will (Ephesians 1:11) and that his knowledge of all things past, present, and future is infallible, then what is the point of praying that anything happen?" Usually t ... read more

The Third Word From the Cross
      April 9, 1982 John 19:26-27 So Jesus, seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing there, said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her int ... read more

      July 13, 1980 (Morning) Bethlehem Baptist Church John Piper, Pastor THE WISDOM OF MEN AND THE POWER OF GOD (1 Corinthians 2:1-5) In coming to you brothers and sisters, I come proclaiming to you the testimony of God not according to exce ... read more

The Wisdom of Men and the Power of God
      1 Corinthians 2:1-5 In coming to you brothers and sisters, I come proclaiming to you the testimony of God not according to excellence of word or of wisdom. For I decided not to know anything among you but Jesus Christ and this one crucified. I come t ... read more

The Wisdom We Speak
      1 Corinthians 2:6-13 Last week our text was 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 and the main point was that we should make it our aim to base our own and other's faith not on the wisdom of men but on the power of God. I came down really hard on the "wisdom of men ... read more

This Is What Was Spoken By the Prophet Joel
      June 7, 1981 Acts 2:17 The Hebrew Old Testament, from which our English versions are translated, is divided into three major sections, the Law, the Prophets and the Writings in that order. The section of Prophets is divided into two groups called " ... read more

Thoughts on Baptism
      The New Testament teaches very plainly that we are saved by faith. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved" (Acts 16:31). (Also John 3:16). "By grace you were saved through faith and that not of yourselves . . . " (Eph. 2:8). "For in ... read more

To See You Fills Me with Joy
      September 27, 1981 Psalm 16:1-3 TO SEE YOU FILLS ME WITH JOY My heart was encouraged Wednesday night by the freedom and earnestness and affection for God with which you prayed. I think it is the mark of a growing people—a people growing toward God i ... read more

Today You Will Be with Me in Paradise
      April 17, 1981 Luke 23:43 There are two kinds of responses to our own personal suffering: 1) We can rail against God and say, "If you are such a great and powerful and loving God, why am I in this hellish mess?" 2) Or we can acknowledge that we ar ... read more

Total Abstinence and Church Membership
      October 4, 1981 TOTAL ABSTINENCE AND CHURCH MEMBERSHIP There are two questions I want to discuss tonight. One is: Should Christians in America today abstain from the use of alcoholic drink as a beverage? The other is: Should such abstinence be a requir ... read more

What Do Answers to Prayer Depend On?
      Part One: Obedience January 11, 1981 Part 1: Obedience Unanswered prayer is a universal Christian experience. Every one of us has asked God for particular things that have been denied: we asked for help to make a B and only got a C; we asked for sl ... read more

What Do Answers to Prayer Depend On?
      Part Two January 25, 1981 PART 2 Two weeks ago I posed the question, "What do answers to prayer depend on?" The first and most fundamental part of the answer was that all answers to prayer depend on the death of Christ for our sins. The reason that ... read more

What Is the Fruit That Befits Repentance?
      February 15, 1981 Luke 3:10-20 What we saw from Luke 3:1-9 last week was that John's baptism and his message were both a call to repentance, which means a call for people to stop relying on anything they were by birth or had achieved by their effor ... read more

What Sort of Persons Ought You to Be?
      June 13, 1982 2 Peter 3:10-14 In order to understand 2 Peter 3:10-14 we have to remember that Peter has in view a false teaching which, according to verse 4, says, "Where is the promise of Christ's coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep al ... read more

What We See When the Spirit Reigns: Love
      The response to last week's message was mixed. The more I thought about the responses the more I knew I had to expand on the things I said. So I am postponing the message I had planned to give on Christ's second coming to further unfold life in the Spir ... read more

Whatever Is Not From Faith Is Sin
      The Old Testament (Psalm 32:1,2) and the New Testament (Romans 4:7,8) agree: "Blessed (or fortunate) is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity." Therefore, both, by implication, ... read more

Where Is the Promise of His Appearing?
      June 6, 1982 2 Peter 3:1-10 In the second chapter of this letter Peter has given us a graphic description of the sexual licentiousness, the love of money and the rejection of authority by which the false teachers were denying the Master who bought t ... read more

Who Made Man's Mouth?
      August 1, 1982 Exodus 4:10-12 But Moses said to Yahweh: "Please Lord, I am not a man of words, neither formerly nor since you've been speaking to your servant, because my mouth and my tongue are clumsy." And Yahweh said to him: "Who made man's ... read more

Why the Law Was Given
      November 15, 1981 WHY THE LAW WAS GIVEN One of my very great desires for our church is that we be a people who understand the law of God and fulfill it in the Spirit of love. The law which God gave to Moses at Mount Sinai a few months after bringing th ... read more

Will the Next Generation Know?
      July 25, 1982 Judges 2:6-14 When Joshua dismissed the people, the people of Israel went each to his inheritance to take possession of the land. And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua ... read more

World Hunger and Us
      November 1, 1981 WORLD HUNGER AND US I would like to talk about hunger. It may be that God is allowing physical hunger to ravage our globe in order to awaken his church to the worldwide (and local) ravages of spiritual starvation. Our hearts break more ... read more

Worship Is an End in Itself
      September 13, 1981 Matthew 15:8-9 WORSHIP IS AN END IN ITSELF I want to try this morning to create a consciousness in our church that worship is an end in itself. I want us to have this conviction: that worship should never be pursued as a means to ... read more

Your Job As Ministry
      June 14, 1981 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 The main point of my message this morning can be stated as a declaration and as a prayer. As a declaration it would be: How you fulfill the demands of your vocation is an essential part of Christian discipleship. ... read more

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