John Piper Sermons

John Piper Sermons Podcast

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.


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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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Christians Care About All Suffering and Injustice
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....

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How to Preach in the Power of the Spirit
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....

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Even When It Hurts: How Christ Reveals Himself in Pain
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....

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The Glory of God and Why We Sing
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....

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Our Worth Is Not in What We Own: Fifteen-Minute Gospel Presentation
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 message at the Sing! Belfast conference....

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Pharisaism, Money, and the Greatness of God
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....

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What Do Christians Care About (Most)? To the Class of 2019
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 College & Seminary commencement....

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The Golden Stitches of Sovereignty: What Holds Our Gospel Together
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....

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What Kind of Heart Does Christ Deserve? The Call of Christian Hedonism
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....

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Is It Right to Seek More Joy Than We Have Through Justification?
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....

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Make Your Life Count: The Greatest Missions Letter Ever Written
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 gathered to discern their call to the nations....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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The Devil Can Do Exposition, but He Can’t Preach
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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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Jesus Is the Test of True Faith
Christians embrace both the New Testament and the Old because every single page of the Scriptures points to Jesus who fulfills them....

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