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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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A Celebration of Baptism
      April 18, 1982 Acts 2:36-42 Just before Jesus came on the scene "preaching the gospel of God, and saying, 'the time is fulfilled, the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel,"' (Mk. 1:14,15), another man, John the Baptist, h ... read more

A Message From the King
      Preaching is not just explaining or teaching. Preaching is heralding. Preaching is what a town crier does when there is a message from the king. He gathers a group of people and says, “Hear ye, hear ye, be it known to you today that by royal order of ... read more

A Woman Who Fears the Lord Is to Be Praised
      ay 10, 1981 Proverbs 31:30 In nineteen hundred sixty six I happened on a girl, And spent two years a-pondering The value of that pearl. She has a face and has a heart All full of love and filling, And so I sold my singleness All fifty years ... read more

All the Prophets Proclaimed These Days All the Prophets Proclaimed These Days
      Acts 3:17-26 In Acts Chapter 3 Peter and John heal a lame man at the gate of the temple in Jerusalem. He follows them into the temple walking and leaping and praising God, and the people are filled with wonder and amazement. So Peter seizes the oppor ... read more

Alone in a Big Church
      September 20, 1981 Ephesians 4:11-12 A CALL TO SMALL TOGETHERNESS I have a deep confidence that God's hand is upon us for good here at Bethlehem in the calling of our ministers. Let me describe briefly what I think the Lord is doing and what he aim ... read more

And All the Earth Shall Own Him Lord
      Festival of Mission October 24, 1982 Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every ... read more

Be Filled with the Spirit
      March 8, 1981 Ephesians 5:18 The apostle Paul commands in Ephesians 5:18 that we be filled with the Spirit. Therefore, I want to try to answer two questions today. What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? And, How can we be filled with the Sp ... read more

Believe in Your Heart That God Raised Jesus From the Dead
      Easter Sunday April 11, 1982 Romans 9:30-10:10 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, righteousness through faith; but that Israel who pursued the righteousness which is based on law did n ... read more

Better Never to Have Known the Way
      May 30, 1982 2 Peter 2:11-22 Chapter one of 2 Peter is a positive, encouraging summons for us to confirm our call and election by availing ourselves of God's power for godliness through faith in his precious and very great promises. Chapter two is ... read more

Calling All Clay Pots
      A Celebration of Ministry September 12, 1982 2 Corinthians 4 I would like to try to persuade you of two things this morning: first, that every Christian has received a gift from God which he is responsible to use for the good of the church and for ... read more

Can God Spread a Table in the Wilderness?
      November 22, 1981 CAN GOD SPREAD A TABLE IN THE WILDERNESS? There are shorter ways to get from Egypt to Palestine than through the wilderness of Sinai. Mount Sinai is about 200 miles out of the way—which is bad enough if you are driving a car, but if y ... read more

Christ and Cancer
      Romans 8:18-28 Before I entered college I hardly gave a thought to cancer and terminal illness. But ever since those college days death by disease has walked beside me all the way. Two of my college acquaintances died of leukemia and cancer of the ly ... read more

Christ Did Not Send Me to Baptize
      1 Corinthians 1:10-17 It is surprising to me that Paul would say, "Christ did not send me to baptize," when, in fact, one of the last things Jesus said to His disciples was, "Go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Fat ... read more

Christmas As the End of History
      December 20, 1981 CHRISTMAS AS THE END OF HISTORY This is my tenth and final message in this series on the history of redemption. What I would like to do this morning is to pull it all together and show how God's work in history comes to a climax—and ... read more

Confirm Your Election
      May 2, 1982 2 Peter 1:5-11 CONFIRM YOUR ELECTION Last Sunday we saw in 2 Peter 1:1-4 that God's divine power has been given to all who have obtained faith in the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ; and that this divine power becomes ... read more

Delighting in the Law of God
      Psalm 1 For some people the word "argument" only means "dispute" or "haggling" or "wrangling." But I want to use the word "argument" in its more positive sense of the giving of reasons and the drawing of inferences. I don't like haggling a ... read more

Destruction Is Not Sleeping
      May 23, 1982 2 Peter 2:1-10 The main point of 2 Peter 1 which everything else supports or elaborates is verse 10: "Brethren, be the more zealous to confirm your call and election; for if you do this you will never fall." Peter wants us to enjoy th ... read more

Discipline in the Christian College: Can It Be Redemptive?
      A Message to Bethel College Counseling Staff September 16, 1982 THE QUESTION In order to understand the question, we must define at least two of the key terms more precisely. The term "discipline" may mean the rigorous training or instruction by wh ... read more

Do Not Labor for the Food Which Perishes
      September 6, 1981 John 6:27 Labor Day has been a national holiday in America for 87 years. The purpose is to honor the working people of our land. In 1956 a commemorative Labor Day stamp was issued with a picture of a strong man holding a sledge ham ... read more

Don't Eat the Bread of Anxious Toil
      Psalm 127 Wherever there are people whose hearts are not fretful or anxious or in a resentful frenzy, but instead have a tranquillity of heart and a kind of peaceful abandon in which they take thought for other's concerns instead of being all wound ... read more

Eagle Edom Will Come Down
      November 7, 1982 Obadiah Obadiah is the shortest Old Testament book (21 verses). We don't know anything about the author's background. There are eleven other people with this name in the Old Testament but there is no evidence for connecting this pro ... read more

Even the Hairs of My Head Are All Numbered
      Reflections on My First Year in the Pastorate July 12, 1981 Matthew 10:24-33 On this Sunday one year ago I preached my first sermon as pastor of Bethlehem. And now looking back on one year in the pastorate I feel two main emotions: 1) a sense of we ... read more

Exodus for All the Earth
      November 8, 1981 "God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them. And God blessed them and God said to them, 'Be fruitful, and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it" (Gen. 1:27,28). The reas ... read more

Fear Not, You Worm Jacob!
      August 22, 1982 Isaiah 41:14 "Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I will help you, says the Lord; your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel." The main point of this text is that the people of God should not be a fearful people. We should n ... read more

Final Judgment
      Romans 1:28-2:11 The Biblical truth that I want us to understand, believe and live by today is this: a time is coming when every responsible person, on the basis of his or her actions and attitudes, will meet the final judgment of God either as etern ... read more

Flesh Tank and Peashooter Regulations
      January 17, 1982 Colossians 2:16-23 This coming Thursday evening, at the second half of our annual business meeting, we will be voting on the proposed amendment to the Church Covenant. I want to try to clarify this morning what is at stake in this d ... read more

For Our People and for the Cities of Our God
      February 1, 1981 2 Samuel 10:11-12 I want to paint a word picture this morning of a relationship in ministry for John Piper and Glenn Ogren as they try to give pastoral leadership to the people of God who are Bethlehem Baptist Church. It is a pictur ... read more

Get Wisdom
      May 24, 1981 Proverbs 4:1-13 I believe all men have this in common: that they want to be happy. They do not all agree on what brings the greatest happiness, but they do all long to have it. And this longing is not bad. It is good. Evil consists in t ... read more

God Meant It for Good
      The Lives of Joseph and John the Baptist November 8, 1981 The Lives of Joseph and John the Baptist Except for Saturdays our family sits down for breakfast at about 7:15 a.m. After our cereal and juice we open the Bible and I read the morning Scriptur ... read more

God Works for Those Who Wait for Him
      September 5, 1982 Isaiah 64:1-4 One of the rare delights of this summer was that my 2½ year old Abraham became a preacher. One morning I came up from downstairs and awakened the family with Psalm 20:7, "Some boast of chariots and some of horses; bu ... read more

Grace, Gratitude, and the Glory of God
      Thanksgiving Day November 26, 1981 2 Corinthians 4:15 It is all for your sake so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving to the glory of God. The subject that the apostle Paul is dealing with in this chapter is h ... read more

Grow in Grace and in the Knowledge of Our Lord
      June 20, 1982 2 Peter 3:15-18 The final section of 2 Peter to look at is 3:15-18. Let me sum up the main points that I see and then look at them one at a time. First from verse 15, we should regard the time in which we live as a time of salvation. S ... read more

He Commanded and They Were Created
      October 4, 1981 Psalm 148:5 HE COMMANDED AND THEY WERE CREATED We begin today a series of ten messages which, God willing, will carry us from the creation of the world through the history of God's dealings with Israel to the incarnation of God' s ... read more

He Set His Face to Go to Jerusalem
      April 4, 1982 Luke 9:51-56 Luke describes the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem at the beginning of that last week of his earthly life: As he was drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoi ... read more

He Will Send His Angel Before You
      August 8, 1982 Genesis 24:1-9 Jesus taught us to pray, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Therefore, everyone who confesses Jesus as Lord aims daily to know and do the will of God. If we do not make it our aim to do the will of God he ... read more

How Much Is Jesus Worth?
      January 10, 1982 1 Peter 2:7 There are two truths I want to unfold and undergird from Scripture and from experience. The first is this: "To you who believe Jesus Christ is precious" (1 Peter 2:7). The second is this: Your power to give a compassio ... read more

How Not to Be a Mule
      Psalm 32 The Psalm we want to ponder tonight is Psalm 32, and what we want to find out from it is "How not to be a mule." How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not ... read more

How Not to Talk to an Angel
      Luke 1:5-25 Last time we studied Luke 1:1-4, the preface to Luke's two volume work: the Gospel and Acts. The main point of the preface (we saw in verse 4) was to state Luke's aim in writing, namely to persuade Theophilus that the Christian teaching ... read more

How to Argue with God
      Psalm 143 Back in the spring I read a sermon that Charles Spurgeon preached in London about a century ago. The text he used in that sermon was Job 23:3,4 where Job says of God, "O that I knew where I might find Him! That I might come even to his sea ... read more

How to Do Good So God Gets the Glory
      In the year AD 42 Herod, king in Judea, killed the apostle James with a sword. When he saw it pleased the Jews, he threw Peter, another apostle, in prison. The night before Herod was about to dispose of him an angel of the Lord woke Peter and led him out ... read more

How to Give Away a GIFT
      This morning the Word of God instructed us always to be ready to make a case for our hope. And the exciting discovery for me in that text in 1 Peter 3:14,15 was that the way to get ready was to get hopeful . The best way to be ready to give others reasons ... read more

I Chose You to Bear Fruit
      October 11, 1981 John 15:16 "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit" (John 15:16). On the day after the night in which Jesus spoke these words to the eleven and to you, Glen, he laid himself dow ... read more

I Have Kept the Faith
      2 Timothy 4:6-8 For me, the end of a year is like the end of my life. And 11:59 P.M. Wednesday night will be like the moment of my death. The 365 days of 1980 are like a miniature lifetime. And these final days are like the last hours in the hospital ... read more

I Seek Not What Is Yours but You
      A Sermon on Tithing January 24, 1982 2 Corinthians 12:15 Several weeks ago I spent four days at Shalom House, our Conference retreat center. The text that filled me with most longing and soaked through my prayers was 2 Cor. 12:15, "I will most gla ... read more

I Will Magnify God with Thanksgiving
      Psalm 69:30-32 I Will Magnify God with Thanksgiving I will praise the name of God with a song I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. Let the oppressed see it and be glad; Yo ... read more

I Will Raise Up for David a Righteous Branch
      December 13, 1981 "I WILL RAISE UP FOR DAVID A RIGHTEOUS BRANCH" In 1051 B.C., Saul was made the first king of Israel. About forty years later, David, the youngest son of Jesse (1 Sam. 16:11), began to rule. David was "a man after God's own heart" ... read more

In the Pits with a King
      Psalm 40:1-3 One of the great benefits of reading the Psalms is that they present us with patterns of life that the godly go through in every age. And in doing that they encourage us that we are made of the same stuff as the saints of old and they gi ... read more

Is God for Us or for Himself?
      Years ago I went to the Billy Graham crusade in Anaheim, California. There were about 50,000 people there that night, I think, and I sat in the left field bleachers and could see the whole massive crowd wrapping around the infield. When we sang "How Grea ... read more

Is There Good Anxiety?
      April 21, 1981 2 Corinthians 11:28 IS THERE GOOD ANXIETY? In retrospect I think I can see that one of the deeper reasons why I left Bethel College to enter the pastorate is that the things that concern me most are states of the heart rather than sta ... read more

It's My Pleasure!
      Those who know me best know that I am a Christian Hedonist. That means that I think my desire to be happy is a proper motive for everything I do. I do what I do because I think it will make me happier in the long run. In fact, I think that if I abandon th ... read more

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