By John Piper
Here's the theological precis of 1 preacher’s life of funding in a neighborhood church. finishing 3 a long time of pastoral ministry at Bethlehem Baptist, John Piper gave a last sermon sequence at the doctrinal emphases from his years of preaching. those ten sermons, now edited for this quantity, embrace the legacy Piper hopes to leave.
yet don’t imagine that those messages are the memoirs of a retired pastor. Don’t imagine that the truths present in those pages will be shelved away to assemble airborne dirt and dust. This imaginative and prescient of God doesn’t take a pat at the head—it turns the realm upside down.
those doctrines are, as Piper says, “wildly untamable, explosively uncontainable, and electrically future–creating.” They make a distinction. if you learn those truths of our nice God, you'll want to act. you'll want to construct whatever. you'll want to commence issues. you may be forced to dream sizeable and danger greater for the respect of Jesus Christ. And we pray for not anything less.
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4 Why Did God Make This Particular World? To just say God created the world for his glory is too general. We can’t leave it here. It’s too disconnected from the specific persons of the Trinity and from the flow of history the way God is guiding it. — why these thousands of years of human history with a glorious beginning, and a horrible fall into sin, and a history of Israel, and the coming of the Son of God into the world, a substitutionary death, a triumphant resurrection, the founding of the church and the history of global missions to where we are today?
Or to sum up both halves of the verse: Christ is glorified in you when he is more precious to you than all that life can give or death can take. ” And that he says is how his life magnifies Christ—makes him look great. Christ is most magnified in Paul’s life when Paul, in his life, is most satisfied in Christ. That’s the plain teaching of these two texts. 50 That’s the biblical basis for Christian Hedonism: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. And this really was already implicit in Chapter Two on the glory of God.
That may be how you feel. 44 God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in him. That’s the shortest summary of what we mean by Christian Hedonism. If that is true, then there is no conflict between your greatest exhilaration and God’s greatest glorification. In fact, not only is there no conflict between your happiness and God’s glory, but his glory shines in your happiness, when your happiness is in him. And since God is the source of greatest happiness, and since he is the greatest treasure in the world, and since his glory is the most satisfying gift he could possibly give us, therefore it is the kindest, most loving thing he could possibly do—to reveal himself, and magnify himself and vindicate himself for our everlasting enjoyment.