John Piper Sermons

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John Piper is founder and teacher of; he is author of more than 50 books and travels regularly to preach and teach. New messages are posted to this podcast as they become available. Piper’s sermons, books, articles, and more are available free of charge at We want people everywhere to understand and embrace the truth that God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in him.

Episode Date
You Are Anointed: How the Truth Becomes Precious
Jesus anoints every believer with his Spirit so that we taste how precious he is.
Nov 30, 2018
Sorrowful Love Springs from Serious Joy
Every act of Christian love springs from serious joy in Jesus. When your hope is secure in him, you can give whatever it takes to serve others.
Nov 12, 2018
Your Emotions Matter to God: Learning from the Bible’s Songbook
Satan is trying to steal your joy. God gave us the Psalms to fight back.
Nov 06, 2018
Are We Adopted for Us or for God?
The more gladness we have in our Father, the more we bring glory to his name. Our happiness in him shows off his holiness in us.
Oct 15, 2018
The Key to Simultaneous Sorrow and Joy
Jesus has purchased something infinitely better than anything this world has to offer: the glory of God himself. We have every reason to boast in him.
Oct 03, 2018
Right with God, Right with Man: The Power of Superior Pleasure
Receiving Jesus as our greatest joy unlocks right standing with God and right living with others.
Sep 07, 2018
An Impossible Covenant — And How It Becomes a Permanent Joy
Jesus bought an unbreakable covenant for his people. He takes hardened rebels and transforms them into a beautiful bride for their eternal joy.
Jul 02, 2018
Joy Makes All Things New
Joy is not a wishful add-on to the Christian life, but essential to knowing and worshiping God. When we finally discover joy in Jesus, everything changes.
Jun 03, 2018
Lord, Teach Us to Fight: The Double Battle in Gethsemane
Jesus took the cup of God’s wrath so that we would never have to. And now he beckons each of us to join him in speaking and sharing the good news of his victory.
Jun 02, 2018
God Rules the Heart of Every Man: Elijah’s Battle with the Prophets of Baal
The people of God may appear weak, but God loves to be at a disadvantage — just before he wins.
Jun 02, 2018
Your Thorn for the Shaming of Satan: To the Class of 2018
Your pains and weaknesses are not obstacles to everything you want to accomplish, but the very instruments God uses to make you more like his Son.
May 28, 2018
New God, New Gospel, New Gladness: How Is Christian Joy Distinct?
The most basic distinction between the church and the world is not godly decisions, good deeds, or even true doctrines, but glad delight in God himself.
Apr 27, 2018
How to Get Wisdom: Become a Fool
Wisdom from God is more valuable than gold. It may look foolish to a watching world, but the lasting path of happiness comes only in the guidance God gives.
Apr 20, 2018
If I Could Start All Over: Six Lessons for Your Twenties
What would John Piper say to those with most of their adult life ahead of them? Here are six rules he would live by.
Apr 11, 2018
The Glory of Christ and Racial Unity: On the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s Death
When we come to Christ, we don’t lose our ethnic or cultural identities. But we all put on his insignia and find new possibilities for unity in him.
Apr 04, 2018
From Darkness to Delight: A Fresh Call for Christian Hedonists
If you find Jesus boring or unsatisfying, you haven’t really discovered yet who he is.
Feb 27, 2018
Jesus Raised Jesus from the Dead — And Why It Matters
A one-of-a-kind death, and a one-of-a-kind resurrection, has been carried out by this one-of-a-kind Person who is more valuable than all else.
Jan 29, 2018
How to Preach with Supernatural Power
Christian preaching is not simply an exchange of information, but a channel through which the Holy Spirit works his miracles in both preacher and hearers.
Jan 17, 2018
How to Seek the Holy Spirit
Without the work of the Holy Spirit, we are helpless. Seek him, and he will rest upon you — especially in your hour of greatest need.
Jan 15, 2018
What Is It Like to Enjoy God?
God created you not mainly to do things for him, but to delight in him. The more we enjoy God, the more he is honored, and our very purpose in life is fulfilled.
Jan 02, 2018
Joy Changes Everything: An Invitation to Christian Hedonism
When you finally recognize that God wants to make you happier than you could ever dream, nothing will ever be the same again.
Nov 12, 2017
What Made Jonathan Edwards a Christian Hedonist?
The supreme goal of all Jonathan Edwards’s life and work was that God would be glorified through his people being supremely satisfied in him.
Nov 11, 2017
Reformation 500 Sermon: Stand on Your Head for Joy
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation with Luther’s nailing of his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg.
Oct 29, 2017
Heart Comes Before Head: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture
When a Christian reads the Bible, a supernatural event takes place. Our regenerate souls meet the inspired word in a divine encounter.
Oct 28, 2017
Better to Lose Your Life Than Waste It
Only what’s done for Christ will last. Any risk, any trial, any tribulation is worth the risk when your aim in all of life is to make others glad in God.
Oct 27, 2017
Our Eyes Are on You, Lord: Thoughts on Pastoral Succession
Sooner or later, every leader will hand off the baton to the next generation — and where better to center pastoral succession than in the word of God himself?
Oct 12, 2017
How to Find Gold in God’s Word: Reading the Bible with Supernatural Help
All the Bible knowledge in the world won’t help you unless you cherish God’s truth. We’re nothing more than Pharisees unless we taste the glory of God in his word.
Sep 22, 2017
Faith Alone: How (Not) to Use a Reformed Slogan
No truth was more central to the Reformation that turned the world upside down 500 years ago: God justifies sinners by faith alone.
Sep 13, 2017
Soli Deo Gloria: Heart and Soul of the Reformation
God works every dot on the timeline of history for his glory. Nothing stands outside the scope of his plan to bring fame to his name, for the joy of his people.
Aug 30, 2017
Sacred Book, Sovereign God, Serious Joy: Why Study Liberal Arts in College
True Christian education prepares us to enjoy God and love our neighbors even more than it prepares us for the workforce.
May 19, 2017
Sacred Schizophrenia: A Meditation on Self-Denial
The Christian life is a fight. But our deadliest enemy doesn’t attack us from the outside, but from within.
May 12, 2017
Treasure God, Magnify Christ, Love People: The Way of Christian Hedonism
Real love is the overflow of joy in God that meets the needs of others, especially when it’s costly.
Apr 30, 2017
We Need Each Other: Christian Fellowship as a Means of Perseverance
Christians don’t fly solo. Our faith won’t survive unless brothers and sisters in Christ keep us accountable.
Apr 19, 2017
No Other Gospel: The Formal and Material Principles of the Reformation
Five hundred years ago, the Reformers fought to recover the true gospel. Fifteen hundred years before, God used Paul to pen the Reformers’ central text for justification by faith alone.
Apr 03, 2017
The Pastor, the People, and the Pursuit of Joy
Your joy in God multiplies exponentially as you seek the good of your brothers and sisters in the body of Christ.
Feb 26, 2017
Gospel Worship: Holy Ambition for All the Peoples to Praise Christ
God has a place for every single one of us in missions. Some of us send, some of us go, but we must all have a gospel ambition.
Jan 31, 2017
Gospel Depths: Why God Revealed the Depths of Salvation in Eternity Past
The only reason any of us know God is because he chose us before the foundation of the world. Nothing we’ve done can earn our way to him — it’s all grace.
Jan 30, 2017
Seven Resolutions for Aging and Dying Well: A Funeral Message for Verna Erickson
At the end of your life, as your energy fades, God will be your refuge and strength.
Jan 10, 2017
The Ultimate Essence of Evil: The Majesty of God, the Triumph of Christ, and the Glory of Human Life
The very essence of evil is running to anything but God for ultimate joy. Watch, read, or listen to John Piper’s message from Passion 2017.
Jan 03, 2017
No Global Mission Without God’s Mighty Spirit
We are living in the third great era of world history — the era of the Spirit. Our only hope for advancing God’s mission is to lean on the power of his Spirit.
Dec 28, 2016
The True Grace of Christian Camaraderie
Grace is always personal. God mediates his grace to undeserving sinners through the warm affections of his divine family, the church.
Dec 16, 2016
How We Know the Bible Is True: The Beauty of Scripture as the Ground of Its Truth
Satan believes the Scriptures are God’s very words. But the difference between us and him is that he doesn’t treasure that truth.
Nov 16, 2016
Sons of Freedom and Joy: How a Christian Relates to the State
Christians claim their true citizenship in heaven. When we submit to earthly governments, we do so out of allegiance to Christ’s eternal kingdom.
Nov 02, 2016
Put the Attorneys to Work: How to Give the Bible Functional Authority in Your Speech and Writing
Christian leaders should exude the Bible. They need to test everything they speak and write through the grid of biblical teaching.
Oct 25, 2016
Teach the Nations to Do the Impossible
Jesus’s supreme authority empowers his Great Commission. We go, teach, and teach others to teach in the confidence that Jesus himself is with us.
Oct 16, 2016
Fifteen Dreams for the Future of Christian Hedonism
Central to biblical Christianity is the pursuit of our joy in God. John Piper expresses fifteen hopes for the future of maximizing our joy in God.
Oct 07, 2016
Volcanic Joy
God’s volcanic passion for his own glory erupts in overflowing delight for his Son and unceasing joy for his children who share in God’s own glorious bliss.
Oct 07, 2016
The Natural Act of Reading the Bible Supernaturally
In all true Bible reading, we think and God gives. We work hard to comprehend the authors’ intended meaning while we simultaneously rely on God to help us understand.
Sep 25, 2016
The Supernatural Act of Reading the Bible
Whenever we read the Bible, we depend on God’s supernatural power to illumine the words, sentences, and paragraphs with his glory.
Sep 24, 2016
The Ultimate Goal of Reading the Bible
The Bible is indispensable to the Christian life. Without the written word, we simply could not know the Incarnate Word.
Sep 23, 2016