Look at the Book
Look at the Book is John Piper's ongoing series of 8-12 minute videos to help you learn to read the Bible for yourself.
How can the apostle Paul call other believers “my joy” when he just said that he counts everything as loss compared to knowing Christ?
Posted: September 21, 2019, 8:47 am
The apostle Paul expressed a deep love and longing in his letters. How often do you express that kind of love to other Christians?
Posted: September 17, 2019, 7:02 am
How can God say he will provide us with an escape in our tests and trials while also saying he will help us endure them?
Posted: September 10, 2019, 7:02 am
Don’t limit the word “temptation” to something that lures us into sin. Anything that tries to pull us away from God is a temptation. Anything.
Posted: September 7, 2019, 8:47 am
When this life comes to an end, when our frail bodies sputter for the last time, God will raise us from the dead and give us glorious bodies.
Posted: September 3, 2019, 7:02 am
Someday soon we get to exchange our crippled and lowly body for a glorious and heavenly one.
Posted: August 31, 2019, 8:47 am
If you are Christ’s, you don’t belong here. This is not your home. Your citizenship is in heaven.
Posted: August 27, 2019, 7:02 am
Even though Paul could outdo every Pharisee in law-keeping, he had no confidence in the law. But he had full confidence in the cross.
Posted: August 24, 2019, 8:47 am
God’s enemies will face God’s eternal wrath. So who are these enemies of the cross, and how do I know I am not one of them?
Posted: August 20, 2019, 7:02 am
The cross was designed by God to humble us. It reminds us that we need Christ’s blood to rescue us, and his power to strengthen us.
Posted: August 17, 2019, 8:47 am
To love the world and all its riches may scratch an itch for a moment, but it will cost you everything in the end.
Posted: August 13, 2019, 7:02 am
As hard as it may be, we must face the reality that hell exists and is promised to all of God’s enemies.
Posted: August 10, 2019, 8:47 am
God does not call us to learn just from Paul’s teaching but also from his emotions. Do you weep over the lost like the apostle Paul?
Posted: August 6, 2019, 7:02 am
The question is not if you are imitating, but who. We either imitate those who walk toward heaven or those who walk toward hell.
Posted: August 3, 2019, 8:47 am
God has given you life to honor him, display him, and summon others to follow him.
Posted: July 30, 2019, 7:02 am
Though God may take away, he has made a promise — and sealed it with his Son’s blood — that he will give back more.
Posted: July 27, 2019, 8:47 am
We have a refuge in times of trouble, safety amid life’s storms. Only a fool curses the shelter and runs into the eye of the storm.
Posted: July 23, 2019, 7:02 am
No suffering takes God by surprise. He alone is the perfect help in our pain. Should all around our soul give way, he then is all our hope and stay.
Posted: July 20, 2019, 8:47 am
We cannot respond however we want when we suffer. Though we can grieve and mourn, if we never get to worship, we’ve stopped short.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 7:02 am
If God stripped away our gifts — our income, our family, even our own health — would we curse him or bless his name?
Posted: July 13, 2019, 8:47 am
Job remained steadfast in his suffering and has left us with a model for how to trust God with our pain.
Posted: July 9, 2019, 7:02 am
No one starts as a mature Christian. Keep seeking God. Keep laboring to grow. And keep trusting that God will bring about our maturity.
Posted: July 6, 2019, 8:47 am
God changes minds through ordinary means: Our gaze fixed upon his word, our knees bowed in prayer, and our time spent with our eternal family.
Posted: July 2, 2019, 7:02 am
We cannot disagree with Christians in any way we want. God has given us boundaries and ways forward.
Posted: June 29, 2019, 8:45 am
A heavenly mindset will not be lofty and self-righteous, but humble and God-dependent.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 7:02 am
God wants us to grow up and leave behind childish ways. And he has done everything necessary to ensure it can happen.
Posted: June 22, 2019, 8:47 am
Those who live for riches and the praise of man today will have hunger, mourning, and weeping tomorrow.
Posted: June 18, 2019, 7:02 am
Do we err when we love others for the reward God offers us? No. Only those who labor for what God promises are rich enough to love others selflessly.
Posted: June 15, 2019, 8:47 am
Those who follow Christ can weep now, can be poor and temporarily hated now, and yet remain wildly blessed because theirs is the coming kingdom.
Posted: June 11, 2019, 7:02 am
If we are Christ’s disciples — whether poor, hungry, weeping, or persecuted — we are blessed.
Posted: June 8, 2019, 8:47 am
All of the New Testament commandments are a call to become in experience what we are in Christ. And what we are in Christ is a new creation.
Posted: June 4, 2019, 7:02 am
The Christian’s life on earth will always be walking along the narrow path. Living for sin is easy. Following Christ requires carrying a cross daily.
Posted: June 1, 2019, 8:47 am
When we read commands and obligations, we are being summoned to become in experience what we are in Christ.
Posted: May 28, 2019, 7:02 am
We are going to win this race. We are going to get the crown. Not because we are great runners, but because Christ has made us his own.
Posted: May 25, 2019, 8:47 am
Pursue, strain forward, press on. God wants us to put all energy into making it to the end, not revisiting the life we had before we started the race.
Posted: May 21, 2019, 7:02 am
Devote your whole life to this one pursuit: attaining the fullest possible experience of Christ imaginable.
Posted: May 18, 2019, 8:45 am
God wants to give his children the assurance that they will be saved. But not the kind of assurance that ignores the warnings along the way.
Posted: May 14, 2019, 7:02 am
The crown of life belongs to those who seek holiness, who hold fast to Christ, who finish the race. The crown of life belongs to Christians.
Posted: May 11, 2019, 8:47 am
We do God no favors by excusing him from being sovereign over evil. But we can steal confidence from his children that nothing happens to them without a purpose.
Posted: May 7, 2019, 7:02 am
Planning becomes sinful when we presume whatever we schedule will come to pass. Preface all of life with “If the Lord wills.”
Posted: May 4, 2019, 8:47 am
God’s sovereignty means he reigns over every trial. And his love means that he intends them all for our good and his glory.
Posted: April 30, 2019, 7:02 am
Don’t get discouraged if the fight against sin seems endless. The fight is necessary, the fight is winnable, and the fight will end.
Posted: April 27, 2019, 8:47 am
Christian, God is working in your suffering. He is working Christlikeness, working trust, working to draw you closer to himself.
Posted: April 23, 2019, 5:02 am
God gives us power — not to escape or avoid suffering — but to endure suffering while looking to Christ.
Posted: April 20, 2019, 9:47 am
In this life, we will suffer. And through that suffering, we will know Christ in a way nothing else can provide.
Posted: April 16, 2019, 7:02 am
The Bible speaks of deep suffering in the last days. Does it also promise that God will spare believers from it through the rapture?
Posted: April 13, 2019, 9:02 am
The most spectacular event in history is coming: the earthly coronation of the King, the rising of the dead, the climax of all human history.
Posted: April 9, 2019, 7:02 am
Even though death is gain for the believer, those who remain experience loss. Don’t be afraid to cry tears — filled with hope — for fallen saints.
Posted: April 6, 2019, 10:02 am
Prosperity preachers not only twist and mangle the Bible’s message. They twist and mangle their hearers.
Posted: April 2, 2019, 7:02 am