#Catalyst :: John Piper

John Piper

John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.


  • The biblical answer to the question of human identity is: A human being is a creature of God in a nature designed by God to consciously display God’s greatness and his beauty and his worth.
  • We are creatures of God with a nature designed by God with conscious displays of God’s greatness.
  • I was created to display God’s nature.
  • Why did God create and erect 7 billion images of himself on the planet? To get attention.
  • God is passionately devoted to filling the earth with himself.
  • Isaiah 43:7
  • We are created with a nature fitting us to display His glory.
  • Our first creation in Adam means that we have an identity designed by God in order to point to God’s greatness.
  • Then we fell.
  • God never fails.
  • Colossians 3:10 – You have put on the new self, which is being renewed after the image of it’s creation.
  • We exist to display the excellencies of God.
  • This couldn’t work though until a massive obstacle had to be overcome.
  • What’s the obstacle? What’s the deeper issue of identity?
  • The obstacle: The more clearly I saw that God designed by identity for His glory, the more obvious became th
  • The solution: If my very nature as a human is designed to image God, how does it do that?
  • What’s the one act that turns every other act into a God-glorifying act? Enjoying God above all other things.
  • Did he create me to use me or love me? I should pursue my satisfaction in him above everything else.
  • If God created me for his glory, then his creating me for his glory is not abuse, it’s love. Because he wants to bring my happiness into it’s fullest expression in him.
  • Christ is magnified in my dying when in my dying I am supremely satisfied in Christ.
  • My solution isn’t my solution.
  • Every time in the Bible God talks about exalting himself through us, he wants to satisfy us in Him.
  • Love grows out of your pursuit of God in joy.
  • 24/7 my agenda should be to be satisfied in God.
  • God wants to kill our destructively love affair with the world.
  • The nature of conversion means you just found the treasure, and it may mean selling everything you have.
  • A love for others flows from the pursuit of your joy in God.

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