John Piper Sermons

John Piper Sermons

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John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org; 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 desiringGod.org. We want people everywhere to understand and embrace the truth that God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in him.


Serious Joy, Cultural Conflict, and Christian Humility: Thoughts on Christian Education
Jan 19 • 54 min
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.
Christ Magnified in His World Through Servants Satisfied in His Worth
Jan 12 • 38 min
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.
Seek the Things That Are Above
Dec 29, 2019 • 45 min
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.
How Does Humility Lead in Conflict? A Charge to Christian Leaders
Dec 8, 2019 • 32 min
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.
‘How God Made Me Happy in Him’: John Piper’s Journey to Joy
Nov 17, 2019 • 27 min
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.
Seven Reasons We Must Pursue Supreme Satisfaction in God
Nov 10, 2019 • 66 min
Enjoying God, being satisfied in him, is essential in glorifying him as he deserves. God is not as glorified by mere duty as he is by delight.
A Peculiar Act of Worship: Preaching as Expository Exultation
Nov 3, 2019
The preacher’s task is not merely to teach or inform, but to rejoice with his people over the wonders of Scripture.
The Explosive Power of the Resurrection — Now
Oct 6, 2019 • 25 min
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.
Christians Care About All Suffering and Injustice
Aug 24, 2019 • 25 min
Suffering and injustice infect every inch of our world. But Jesus grants his people the resolve to labor for change that makes an everlasting difference. John Piper preached this message at the Sing! Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.
How to Preach in the Power of the Spirit
Aug 17, 2019 • 50 min
Sermons are not speeches. Preaching isn’t a lecture. When a pastor speaks God’s words to his gathered people, in the power of the Spirit, miracles happen. John Piper delivered this message at the Sing! conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Even When It Hurts: How Christ Reveals Himself in Pain
Aug 10, 2019 • 40 min
In this life, we will not be able to see all God is doing through sickness and pain, but we can trust that he will reveal more of himself to us through every trial and trouble.
The Glory of God and Why We Sing
Jul 27, 2019 • 51 min
The greatness of God’s glory invites a response that moves his people beyond mere words. And so we sing. John Piper preached this sermon at the Sing! Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Our Worth Is Not in What We Own: Fifteen-Minute Gospel Presentation
Jul 20, 2019 • 14 min
We will never find true worth in what we have or who we are. True, full, lasting satisfaction can only come through all that God is for us in Jesus Christ. After the congregation sang “My Worth Is Not in What I Own,” John Piper presented this gospel…
Who Will Give My Head Waters? Seven Reasons to Pray for Holy Tears
Jun 24, 2019 • 32 min
Tears, crying, and weeping are all a proper response to the God-ordained sorrow and pain we face. Just because God is sovereign doesn’t mean we ignore our pain.
Pharisaism, Money, and the Greatness of God
Jun 10, 2019 • 23 min
What makes the heart of a legalist tick? You might be surprised how often, despite appearances, it is simply this: the love of money. John Piper delivered this message at a chapel for Crossway Books.
What Do Christians Care About (Most)? To the Class of 2019
May 17, 2019 • 22 min
Christians care about all injustice in our fallen world. But our outrage against wrongdoing will fizzle out unless we root our concern in God himself. We care especially about injustice against God. John Piper preached this message at the 2019 Bethlehem…
Christ Has Purchased Global Praise: The Blood, the Beast, and the Boast of Race
May 8, 2019 • 47 min
Jesus has already paid the price to ransom a global people who live to praise him. And he wants to use you to spread the astoundingly good news. John Piper preached this message at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis.
The Golden Stitches of Sovereignty: What Holds Our Gospel Together
Apr 1, 2019 • 65 min
The death of Jesus Christ was no mere product of coincidences. God planned every detail to ensure the salvation of his people. John Piper preached this message at The Gospel Coalition 2019 National Conference.
Is It Right to Seek More Joy Than We Have Through Justification?
Jan 28, 2019 • 64 min
Jesus not only paid for our full acceptance with God, but he also purchased grace for us to embrace obedience. This is the second message John Piper preached at the Bethlehem 2019 Conference for Pastors + Church Leaders in Minneapolis.
What Kind of Heart Does Christ Deserve? The Call of Christian Hedonism
Jan 28, 2019 • 43 min
Jesus is worthy to be praised with our every thought and deed. But what about our feelings? The Bible’s clearest answer is also the best of news. John Piper preached this message at the Bethlehem 2019 Conference for Pastors + Church Leaders in Minneapolis.
The Invincible Power of Joy for World Missions: For Cowards, Consumers, and the Comfortable
Jan 17, 2019 • 53 min
Safety tempts us to stay put. Luxury tries to lure us. Comfort wants to keep us. But God has a bigger, global dream for his people. John Piper preached this message at the G3 2019 conference in Atlanta.
Make Your Life Count: The Greatest Missions Letter Ever Written
Jan 4, 2019 • 48 min
One day soon, people from every nation will bring God praise and glory. But they won’t encounter everlasting hope until God’s people go and send. Piper preached this message on January 4, 2019, at the CROSS Conference in Louisville, where thousands…
You Are Anointed: How the Truth Becomes Precious
Nov 18, 2018 • 34 min
Jesus anoints every believer with his Spirit so that we taste how precious he is.
Sorrowful Love Springs from Serious Joy
Oct 28, 2018 • 34 min
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.
Are We Adopted for Us or for God?
Oct 7, 2018 • 44 min
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.
The Key to Simultaneous Sorrow and Joy
Sep 21, 2018 • 47 min
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.
The Devil Can Do Exposition, but He Can’t Preach
Sep 13, 2018 • 48 min
The pulpit isn’t just a place for a lecture or even mere teaching. Every sermon should sing with worship over the glories of God’s word. John Piper delivered this message during a breakout seminar at the Sing! 2018 Conference in Nashville.
Your Emotions Matter to God: Learning from the Bible’s Songbook
Sep 11, 2018 • 37 min
Satan is trying to steal your joy. God gave us the Psalms to fight back.
An Impossible Covenant — And How It Becomes a Permanent Joy
Jun 16, 2018 • 67 min
Jesus bought an unbreakable covenant for his people. He takes hardened rebels and transforms them into a beautiful bride for their eternal joy.
Joy Makes All Things New
Jun 2, 2018 • 52 min
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.
Lord, Teach Us to Fight: The Double Battle in Gethsemane
Jun 2, 2018 • 46 min
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.
God Rules the Heart of Every Man: Elijah’s Battle with the Prophets of Baal
Jun 1, 2018 • 53 min
The people of God may appear weak, but God loves to be at a disadvantage — just before he wins.
Your Thorn for the Shaming of Satan: To the Class of 2018
May 28, 2018 • 23 min
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.
New God, New Gospel, New Gladness: How Is Christian Joy Distinct?
Apr 27, 2018 • 56 min
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.
How to Get Wisdom: Become a Fool
Apr 20, 2018 • 36 min
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.
If I Could Start All Over: Six Lessons for Your Twenties
Apr 10, 2018 • 14 min
What would John Piper say to those with most of their adult life ahead of them? Here are six rules he would live by.
The Glory of Christ and Racial Unity: On the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s Death
Apr 4, 2018 • 45 min
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.
From Darkness to Delight: A Fresh Call for Christian Hedonists
Feb 26, 2018 • 27 min
If you find Jesus boring or unsatisfying, you haven’t really discovered yet who he is.
Right with God, Right with Man: The Power of Superior Pleasure
Feb 22, 2018 • 54 min
Receiving Jesus as our greatest joy unlocks right standing with God and right living with others.
Jesus Raised Jesus from the Dead — And Why It Matters
Jan 29, 2018 • 32 min
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.
How to Preach with Supernatural Power
Jan 16, 2018 • 74 min
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.
How to Seek the Holy Spirit
Jan 14, 2018 • 53 min
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.
What Is It Like to Enjoy God?
Jan 1, 2018 • 50 min
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.
Joy Changes Everything: An Invitation to Christian Hedonism
Nov 11, 2017 • 58 min
When you finally recognize that God wants to make you happier than you could ever dream, nothing will ever be the same again.
What Made Jonathan Edwards a Christian Hedonist?
Nov 10, 2017 • 82 min
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.
Reformation 500 Sermon: Stand on Your Head for Joy
Oct 29, 2017 • 44 min
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.
Heart Comes Before Head: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture
Oct 27, 2017 • 53 min
When a Christian reads the Bible, a supernatural event takes place. Our regenerate souls meet the inspired word in a divine encounter.
Better to Lose Your Life Than Waste It
Oct 27, 2017 • 48 min
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.
Our Eyes Are on You, Lord: Thoughts on Pastoral Succession
Oct 12, 2017 • 46 min
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?