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
Every Letter Kills, Including Shakespeare: Pressing Through Texts in the Power of the Spirit
To exposit a text is only one part of preaching and teaching. We must drill down into the words and unearth the reality that holds the text together.
Jul 19, 2020
Exposition or Imposition? How Gospel-Centered Preaching Can Go Wrong
Preachers, instead of taking your text and making a beeline to the cross, take the cross and make a beeline to your text.
Jun 28, 2020
The Second Coming: Not Before the ‘Man of Lawlessness’
As we look forward to Christ’s second coming, what matters most is not that we have the timing and details down, but that we hold fast to Jesus as our great hope.
Jun 21, 2020
Does God Intend Evil for Our Good? Providential Peril for Joseph, Jesus, and You
What sinners and Satan intend for evil, God always superintends for good. Our all-wise God brings restoration from ruin and deliverance out of danger.
Jun 14, 2020
The Secret of Christ-Magnifying Contentment as the Path to Costly Love
True contentment in Christ not only guards against our ever-changing circumstances, but frees us to overflow in costly love to others — even our enemies.
May 17, 2020
The Second Coming: Wrath and Rescue
Suffering, pain, and trouble never have the last word for the people of God. He is our hope and our joy, and he will bring us all the way home.
Apr 05, 2020
Do Not Take God’s Name in Vain: The Weight and Wonder of the Third Commandment
To take God’s name in vain is about far, far more than avoiding foul language. Our reverence for God’s name cuts to the very core of our worship in all of life.
Mar 08, 2020
Live for Your Greatest Desire: Jesus
Jesus’s call to deny ourselves isn’t a demand to give up happiness but an invitation to walk with him on the path to deep, lasting joy.
Feb 23, 2020
Serious Joy, Cultural Conflict, and Christian Humility: Thoughts on Christian Education
True Christian education fills our hearts and minds with a joy so serious and strong that our society loses its power to control where we stand and what we say.
Jan 19, 2020
Christ Magnified in His World Through Servants Satisfied in His Worth
God will not settle for redeeming people from just a few parts of the globe. He will have people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.
Jan 12, 2020
Seek the Things That Are Above
Every believer in Jesus Christ has a potent spiritual superpower. With the Spirit’s help, we now can seek the very things of heaven above.
Dec 29, 2019
How Does Humility Lead in Conflict? A Charge to Christian Leaders
The humblest response to our culture’s tirade against objective truth isn’t to retreat, but to lovingly and kindly contend for what the Bible says. John Piper preached this sermon at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona.
Dec 08, 2019
‘How God Made Me Happy in Him’: John Piper’s Journey to Joy
Glory and joy appear all over the Bible, but how they relate is not readily obvious. Listen to John Piper tell the story of how God connected the dots between the two.
Nov 17, 2019
Seven Reasons We Must Pursue Supreme Satisfaction in God
God designed us to find our highest purpose in praising him. And when we live for his glory, we get unparalleled joy.
Nov 10, 2019
A Peculiar Act of Worship: Preaching as Expository Exultation
The preacher’s task is not merely to teach or inform, but to rejoice with his people over the wonders of Scripture.
Nov 03, 2019
The Explosive Power of the Resurrection — Now
Jesus’s resurrection not only guarantees that we too will rise, but that we can taste steadfast, heavenly joy here and now — even in suffering. John Piper preached this sermon at the Sing! Conference in Nashville.
Oct 06, 2019
Christians Care About All Suffering and Injustice
Aug 25, 2019
How to Preach in the Power of the Spirit
Aug 18, 2019
Even When It Hurts: How Christ Reveals Himself in Pain
Aug 11, 2019
The Glory of God and Why We Sing
Jul 28, 2019
Our Worth Is Not in What We Own: Fifteen-Minute Gospel Presentation
Jul 21, 2019
Who Will Give My Head Waters? Seven Reasons to Pray for Holy Tears
Jun 24, 2019
Pharisaism, Money, and the Greatness of God
Jun 10, 2019
What Do Christians Care About (Most)? To the Class of 2019
May 17, 2019
Christ Has Purchased Global Praise: The Blood, the Beast, and the Boast of Race
May 08, 2019
The Golden Stitches of Sovereignty: What Holds Our Gospel Together
Apr 01, 2019
What Kind of Heart Does Christ Deserve? The Call of Christian Hedonism
Jan 28, 2019
Is It Right to Seek More Joy Than We Have Through Justification?
Jan 28, 2019
The Invincible Power of Joy for World Missions: For Cowards, Consumers, and the Comfortable
Jan 17, 2019
Make Your Life Count: The Greatest Missions Letter Ever Written
Jan 04, 2019
You Are Anointed: How the Truth Becomes Precious
Nov 18, 2018
Sorrowful Love Springs from Serious Joy
Oct 28, 2018
Are We Adopted for Us or for God?
Oct 07, 2018
The Key to Simultaneous Sorrow and Joy
Sep 21, 2018
The Devil Can Do Exposition, but He Can’t Preach
Sep 13, 2018
Your Emotions Matter to God: Learning from the Bible’s Songbook
Sep 11, 2018
An Impossible Covenant — And How It Becomes a Permanent Joy
Jun 16, 2018
Joy Makes All Things New
Jun 03, 2018
Lord, Teach Us to Fight: The Double Battle in Gethsemane
Jun 02, 2018
God Rules the Heart of Every Man: Elijah’s Battle with the Prophets of Baal
Jun 02, 2018
Your Thorn for the Shaming of Satan: To the Class of 2018
May 28, 2018
New God, New Gospel, New Gladness: How Is Christian Joy Distinct?
Apr 27, 2018
How to Get Wisdom: Become a Fool
Apr 20, 2018
If I Could Start All Over: Six Lessons for Your Twenties
Apr 11, 2018
The Glory of Christ and Racial Unity: On the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s Death
Apr 04, 2018
From Darkness to Delight: A Fresh Call for Christian Hedonists
Feb 27, 2018
Right with God, Right with Man: The Power of Superior Pleasure
Feb 22, 2018
Jesus Raised Jesus from the Dead — And Why It Matters
Jan 29, 2018
How to Preach with Supernatural Power
Jan 17, 2018
How to Seek the Holy Spirit
Jan 15, 2018
What Is It Like to Enjoy God?
Jan 02, 2018
Joy Changes Everything: An Invitation to Christian Hedonism
Nov 12, 2017
What Made Jonathan Edwards a Christian Hedonist?
Nov 11, 2017
Reformation 500 Sermon: Stand on Your Head for Joy
Oct 29, 2017
Heart Comes Before Head: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture
Oct 28, 2017
Better to Lose Your Life Than Waste It
Oct 27, 2017
Our Eyes Are on You, Lord: Thoughts on Pastoral Succession
Oct 12, 2017
How to Find Gold in God’s Word: Reading the Bible with Supernatural Help
Sep 22, 2017
Faith Alone: How (Not) to Use a Reformed Slogan
Sep 13, 2017
Soli Deo Gloria: Heart and Soul of the Reformation
Aug 30, 2017
Sacred Book, Sovereign God, Serious Joy: Why Study Liberal Arts in College
May 19, 2017
Sacred Schizophrenia: A Meditation on Self-Denial
May 12, 2017
Treasure God, Magnify Christ, Love People: The Way of Christian Hedonism
Apr 30, 2017
We Need Each Other: Christian Fellowship as a Means of Perseverance
Apr 19, 2017
No Other Gospel: The Formal and Material Principles of the Reformation
Apr 03, 2017
The Pastor, the People, and the Pursuit of Joy
Feb 26, 2017
Gospel Worship: Holy Ambition for All the Peoples to Praise Christ
Jan 31, 2017
Gospel Depths: Why God Revealed the Depths of Salvation in Eternity Past
Jan 30, 2017
Seven Resolutions for Aging and Dying Well: A Funeral Message for Verna Erickson
Jan 10, 2017
The Ultimate Essence of Evil: The Majesty of God, the Triumph of Christ, and the Glory of Human Life
Jan 03, 2017
No Global Mission Without God’s Mighty Spirit
Dec 28, 2016
The True Grace of Christian Camaraderie
Dec 16, 2016
How We Know the Bible Is True: The Beauty of Scripture as the Ground of Its Truth
Nov 16, 2016
Sons of Freedom and Joy: How a Christian Relates to the State
Nov 02, 2016
Put the Attorneys to Work: How to Give the Bible Functional Authority in Your Speech and Writing
Oct 25, 2016
Teach the Nations to Do the Impossible
Oct 16, 2016