Quotes by John Piper

John Piper

Do you men ever say with Joab, “For the sake of the name, I’ll try it! And may the Lord do what seems good to him”? Do you women ever say with Esther, “For the sake of Christ, I’ll try it! And if I perish, I perish”?

Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.

The paralyzing fear of making a decision serves no one. It is cowardly. Risk is the only way forward.

The strength to risk losing face for the sake of Christ is the faith that God’s love will lift up your face in the end and vindicate your cause. The strength to risk losing money for the cause of the gospel is the faith that we have a treasure in the heavens that cannot fail. The strength to risk losing life in this world is faith in the promise that he who loses his life in this world will...

Doing nothing needs forgiveness as much as doing the best you can and erring

Therefore, it is right to risk for the cause of Christ. It is right to engage the enemy and say, “May the Lord do what seems good to him.” It is right to serve the people of God, and say, “If I perish, I perish!” It is right to stand before the fiery furnace of affliction and refuse to bow down to the gods of this world.

It is the will of God that we be uncertain about how life on this earth will turn out for us.

Risk avoidance may be more sinful—more unloving—than taking the risk in faith and love and making a wrong decision.

People who love sin fear and sometimes weep over the consequences of sin. It is natural to hate pain. It is supernatural to hate sin. It is natural to love sin and supernatural to love Christ

To delay or fail to make decisions may be more sinful than to make wrong decisions out of faith and love.

An $80,000 or a $180,000 salary does not have to be accompanied by an $80,000 or a $180,000 lifestyle. God is calling us to be conduits of his grace, not cul-de-sacs. Our great danger today is thinking that the conduit should be lined with gold. It shouldn’t. Copper will do. No matter how grateful we are, gold will not make the world think that our God is good; it will make people think...

So it is with piano playing, and fly casting, and throwing a ball, and knitting, and learning a foreign language, and reading great books. At one point these tasks were all difficult and awkward. Learning the skill and practicing it was not fun. The joy is on the other side of the hard work. This is basic to all growing up. Part of maturity is the principle of deferred gratification. If you...

God gives the treasures of his wisdom through the tenacious task of our thinking

God does not promise enough food for comfort or life—he promises enough so that you can trust him and do his will

Love is helping people toward the greatest beauty and the highest value and the deepest satisfaction and the most lasting joy and the biggest reward and the most wonderful friendship and the most overwhelming worship—love is helping people toward God. We do this by pointing to the greatness of God. And God does it by pointing to the greatness of God

Clothes are meant to direct attention to what is not under them: merciful hands that serve others in the name of Christ, beautiful feet that carry the gospel where it is needed, and the brightness of a face that has beheld the glory of Jesus.

Risk is woven into the fabric of our finite lives. We cannot avoid risk even if we want to.

A married couple gives a severe blow to the head of that ancient serpent when they aim to give as much sexual satisfaction to each other as possible. Is it not a mark of amazing grace that on top of all the pleasure that the sexual side of marriage brings, it also proves to be a fearsome weapon against our ancient foe?

God is not an idolater. He does not disobey the first and great commandment. With all his heart and soul and strength and mind he delights in the glory of his manifold perfections. The most passionate heart for God in all the universe is God’s heart.

Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God.

A conqueror strikes down his foe; one who is more than a conqueror makes his foe his slave.

We cannot know what prayer is for until we know that life is war

For the good of our souls and for the glory of our Saviour, risk is most assuredly right

If Christ is so valuable that the hope of his immediate and eternal fellowship after death frees us from the self-serving fear of dying and enables us to lay down our lives for the good of others, such love magnifies the glory of Christ like nothing else in the world.

There will always be more of God to enjoy. Which means there will always be holy desire—forever.

There will always be more of God to enjoy. Which means there will always be holy desire—forever.

The more diverse the people groups who forsake their gods to follow the true God, the more visible God’s superiority over all his competitors

God ordains clothes to witness to the glory we have lost, and it is added rebellion to throw them off.

God makes your marriage indissoluble, and protects it from every danger that may threaten it from within and without; he will be the guarantor of its indissolubility. It is a blessed thing to know that no power on earth, no temptation, no human frailty can dissolve what God holds together; indeed anyone who knows that may say confidently: What God has joined together, can no man put asunder....

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