Posts Tagged ‘John Piper’

Why passion for God must precede our preaching of God.

Posted: September 16, 2013 by thoughtsfrommyshelf in Mission
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John Piper writes, “Passion for God in worship precedes the offer of God in preaching”. But why? He adds to this statement, “You can’t commend what you don’t cherish.” I believe that he is right. Imagine someone wanting to persuade you of anything they view as valuable. Whether it’s a restaurant, a gym, clothing or anything really, no one is really interested in a uninterested description. If you were to tell me you went to the best burger place with the most nonchalant tone, emotionless facial expression, and dull word choice, I would more than likely not believe you.

When something truly grips your heart you talk about it with a wonderful tone, flowery language, and pull for metaphors and similes to make sure you get your point across.

God is bigger, more majestic, greater and far more indescribable than we make Him out to be. Let’s see the display of his magnitude in the Bible, in the cross, and in our lives and declare it to others in a unbelievably believable way!

My prayer is that they experience something different than what is described of Einstein by Charles Misner

The design of the universe…is very magnificent and shouldn’t be taken for granted. In fact, I believe that is why Einstein had so little use for organized religion, although he strikes me as a very religious man. He must have looked at what the preachers said about God and felt that they were blaspheming. He had seen much more majesty than they had every imagined, and they were just not talking about the real thing. My guess is that he simply felt that religions he’d run across did not have proper respect for the author of the universe.

How would people view the way you talk about the glorious God of the gospel? Would they believe the unbelievable news offered to them? Or would they be so staggered by the fact that God would do the impossible to demonstrate His love for them?

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John Piper on Joy and Holiness

Posted: June 19, 2013 by thoughtsfrommyshelf in Quotes, Reading
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I have recently been reading John Piper’s book, What Jesus Demands of the World, during my times with God in the morning to supplement my Bible reading. John Piper loves the gospels and makes connections that come from meditating on God’s Word and deep study. Here is a snippet of his chapter on joy.

“Jesus demand that we rejoice is the key that unlocks his demand for holiness. What chokes the purifying power of spiritual life and destroys Jesus’ would-be disciples is the ‘cares and riches and pleasures of life’ (Luke 8:14). And what severs theses strangling vines most decisively is the power of a superior pleasure. Jesus said that it is ‘in his joy’ that the believer sells everything. In other words, it is his joy that cuts the stranglehold of sin.

Many Christians think stoicism is a good antidote to sensuality. It isn’t. It is hopelessly weak and ineffective. Willpower religion usually fails, and even when it succeeds, it gets glory for the will, not for God. It produces legalist, not lovers. Jonathan Edwards says the powerlessness of this approach and said:

We come with double forces against the wicked, to persuade them to a godly life….The common argument is the profitableness of religion, but alas, the wicked man is not in pursuit of [moral] profit; tis’ pleasure he seeks. Now, then, we will fight with them with their own weapons.

In other words, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not a compromise with the sensual world but is in fact the only power that can defeat the lust of the age while producing lovers of God.”