Person of Faith

John Piper

John Piper pastored for over 30 years, writes prolifically, and founded the ministry, Desiring God. 

John Piper
John Piper

John was born in Tennessee and the son of an itinerant evangelist. He is married to Noël and they have 5 children—including one adopted daughter—and 12 grandchildren. John attended Wheaton College in Illinois, received his Bachelor of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in CA. He received his Doctor of Theology from the University of Munich Germany. 

In 1974 he began teaching Biblical Studies at Bethel College until he accepted the call to become the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church where he pastored for over 30 years. While the pastor at Bethlehem he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was successfully treated.

John is the founder and lead teacher of and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He also authored over 50 books.

Article: 20 Min

John Piper’s Candidating Testimony

by John Piper at Desiring God


I don’t have to remember
a horrible life of sinning
before I was saved
in order to tremble at my sin.


What Is A Christian?

A Christian is not a person who believes in his head the teachings of the Bible. Satan believes in his head the teachings of the Bible! A Christian is a person who has died with Christ, whose stiff neck has been broken, whose brazen forehead has been shattered, whose stony heart has been crushed, whose pride has been slain, and whose life is now mastered by Jesus Christ. 

by John Piper

God's Glory: The Aim of the Bible

The whole Bible, properly understood, has this divine purpose and effect: to communicate or display the glory of God. And this pervasive aim of the Scriptures to glorify God, in what they teach and how they teach it, reveals the handiwork of God in the writing of the Bible. 

by John Piper | Source

What Is John Piper’s Favorite Bible Verse?

In my early twenties, one verse took on monumental proportions, and nothing has lodged it from its primary place. To this very day, it’s the main promise I use in my fight against sin, encouraging my heart, and carrying through challenges in ministry. It’s Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I”—this is God talking—“I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 

by John Piper | Source

Preaching is God’s
appointed means
for the conversion of sinners,
the awakening of the church,
and the preservation of the saints.
If preaching fails
in its task,
the consequences are
infinitely terrible.

John Piper

What Is the Point of Preaching?

Preaching does not come after worship in the order of the service. Preaching is worship. The preacher worships—exults—over the Word, trying his best to draw you into a worshipful response by the power of the Holy Spirit. My job is not simply to see truth and show it to you. (The devil could do that for his own devious reasons.) My job is to see the glory of the truth and to savor it and exult over it as I explain it to you and apply it for you. That’s one of the differences between a sermon and a lecture.

by John Piper | Source
Article: 10 Min

Desiring God:
An Interview with John Piper

by John Piper at Ligonier Ministries


I am enthralled by the
reality of God and
the power of his Word
to create authentic people.

John Piper
Article: 10 Min

30 Years Ago Today:
How God Called
John Piper to
Become a Pastor

by Justin Taylor at The Gospel Coalition


For God,
who said,
“Let light shine out of darkness,”
made his light
shine in our hearts
to give us the
light of the
of God’s glory
displayed in the
face of Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV

The Source of a Preacher's Authority

The source of my authority in this pulpit is not… my wisdom; nor is it a private revelation granted to me beyond the revelation of Scripture. My words have authority only insofar as they are the repetition, unfolding and proper application of the words of Scripture. I have authority only when I stand under authority. And our corporate symbol of that truth is the sound of your Bibles opening to the text. My deep conviction about preaching is that a pastor must show the people that what he is saying was already said or implied in the Bible. If it cannot be shown it has no special authority. 

by John Piper

Praise & Worship

The Greatness Of Our God

by The Worship Initiative feat. Hannah Hardin and John Marc Kohl
Article: 3 Min

What John Piper Wants You to Know about the Bible

Here's a short a brief recommendation of Pastor John Piper's two books, A Peculiar Glory, and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.

by Crossway


I’m crying out
to God every day,
“Oh please, let the
last decade (or whatever)
of my life be a
magnifying of your
supreme value.”

John Piper

God is most
glorified in us
when we are most
satisfied in him.

John Piper
Poem: 2 Min

“I Write”: A Poem by John Piper

by John Piper at Desiring God


John Piper’s Response to Being Diagnosed with Cancer

"This news has, of course, been good for me," Piper wrote. "The most dangerous thing in the world is the sin of self-reliance and the stupor of worldliness. The news of cancer has a wonderfully blasting effect on both. I thank God for that. The times with Christ in these days have been unusually sweet."

by John Piper | Source
Messages: 37 Min

Christ and Cancer

by John Piper

Article: 7 Min

No Maverick Cells in Me: My Deepest Hope During Cancer

by John Piper ar Desiring God


The Benefit of Suffering

I've never heard anyone say the really deep lessons of life have come in times of ease and comfort. But, I have heard many saints say every significant advance I've ever made in grasping in the depth of God's love and growing deep with Him, have come through suffering. 

by John Piper
Message Series

Romans: The Greatest Letter Ever Written

by John Piper

Messages: 38 Min

Boasting Only in the Cross

by John Piper

Messages: 53 Min

Pray Like This: Hallowed Be Your Name

by John Piper

Messages: 56 Min

How Is Christian Joy Distinct?

by John Piper

Messages: 38 Min

The Love of God Has Been Poured Out Within Our Hearts

by John Piper