Look at the Book


Look at the Book

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.

Not all shame is created equal. Some shame should be heeded and some shame should be defeated. Here’s how to fight misplaced shame.
Author: John Piper
Posted: November 13, 2018, 6:01 am
Most of us have spent our lives fighting the bulletproof tanks of pride with a pea shooter. Here is what you actually need to kill it.
Author: John Piper
Posted: November 10, 2018, 9:02 am
If we fully believed what God has promised in the Bible, anxiety would have no place in our lives.
Author: John Piper
Posted: November 6, 2018, 6:02 am
The never-ending rewards of heaven give us never-ending reasons to love others today.
Author: John Piper
Posted: November 3, 2018, 10:02 am
What does saving faith feel like? Like water to a thirsty soul. Like finding a treasure you cannot live without.
Author: John Piper
Posted: October 30, 2018, 6:02 am
Even though we are not saved by works, none of us will make it to heaven without actively killing our sin. Either we kill our sin or it will kill us.
Author: John Piper
Posted: October 27, 2018, 9:02 am
Much is at stake in our fight against unbelief. Without love, holiness, and sin-killing, no one will see the kingdom of God.
Author: John Piper
Posted: October 23, 2018, 6:02 am
There is a comfort that heals and a comfort that kills. Do you know the difference?
Author: John Piper
Posted: October 20, 2018, 6:02 am
Give wisdom to a wise man, and he will grow wiser. Give wisdom to a fool, and he will hurt himself and others.
Author: John Piper
Posted: October 16, 2018, 6:02 am
When pride tempts you, look to the cross. When self-pity beckons, look to the cross. When everything seems alright, look to the cross.
Author: John Piper
Posted: October 13, 2018, 6:02 am
Christian self-denial constantly says “no” to that which threatens to steal joy forever.
Author: John Piper
Posted: October 9, 2018, 6:02 am
Other people’s interests are our interests because other people’s interests are Christ’s interests.
Author: John Piper
Posted: October 6, 2018, 6:02 am
Don’t be anxious about anything — except for this.
Author: John Piper
Posted: October 2, 2018, 6:02 am
Many search for advanced steps for Bible reading but neglect a basic one: don’t skip over words. Here are three words in the Bible we cannot ignore.
Author: John Piper
Posted: September 29, 2018, 6:02 am
The happiest people are happy when others are. The most mature love is the love that delights in others’ joy.
Author: John Piper
Posted: September 25, 2018, 6:02 am
If God has placed others-oriented men and women in your life, he has done so expecting that, by his grace, you might imitate them.
Author: John Piper
Posted: September 22, 2018, 6:02 am
Our love for God enflames when we see his beauty, remember his mercy, and feel his love.
Author: John Piper
Posted: September 18, 2018, 6:02 am
The gospel begins with the phrase, “but God,” because we can’t love him on our own.
Author: John Piper
Posted: September 15, 2018, 6:02 am
At the heart of saving faith is a love for God. But how can you know if you truly love him?
Author: John Piper
Posted: September 11, 2018, 6:02 am
The delightful promises of Scripture are for those who love him — and no one else.
Author: John Piper
Posted: September 8, 2018, 6:02 am
You were not made for laziness. Many people struggle with sexual immorality because they sit around when they shouldn’t.
Author: John Piper
Posted: September 4, 2018, 6:02 am
Our greatest weapon against lust is joy in God. Our happiness in him gives us what we need to obtain lasting victory in the war for our souls.
Author: John Piper
Posted: September 1, 2018, 6:02 am
The war will be lost against lust by those who stop fighting it by the power and promises of God.
Author: John Piper
Posted: August 28, 2018, 6:02 am
Saying no to lust is not enough. We must turn to a superior pleasure — the everlasting pleasure of knowing our God.
Author: John Piper
Posted: August 25, 2018, 6:02 am
Lust will kill you unless you deal it a death blow first. You usually have five seconds to act.
Author: John Piper
Posted: August 21, 2018, 6:02 am
The first step to fighting lust is one too many are unwilling to make — avoid it.
Author: John Piper
Posted: August 18, 2018, 6:02 am
Few things have destroyed more marriages, stolen more joy, or strangled more souls than lust. Do you know how to fight it?
Author: John Piper
Posted: August 14, 2018, 6:02 am
If we lose everything but gain Christ, we’ve lost nothing.
Author: John Piper
Posted: August 11, 2018, 6:02 am
When we finally see the Lord face to face, we want to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant,” not, “Your labor was in vain.”
Author: John Piper
Posted: August 7, 2018, 6:02 am
God doesn’t want his secret to contentment to stay secret. He wrote it plainly in a book.
Author: John Piper
Posted: August 4, 2018, 6:02 am
When we set aside grumbling and complaining during hard times and take up joy in the Lord, a watching world sees stars shining in a dark world.
Author: John Piper
Posted: July 31, 2018, 6:02 am
If you conquer this sin, James says you’ll be perfect, Paul says blameless, innocent, and without blemish. But it’s one of the hardest to conquer.
Author: John Piper
Posted: July 28, 2018, 6:02 am
Our grumbling is not insignificant to God. When we choose contentment in the Lord over complaining, we shine as lights in the world.
Author: John Piper
Posted: July 24, 2018, 6:02 am
The Bible is like no other book in the history of the world. Man wrote it, but God spoke it.
Author: John Piper
Posted: July 21, 2018, 6:02 am
Bible studies are weakened because few believe that there are right and wrong interpretations of the Bible.
Author: John Piper
Posted: July 17, 2018, 6:02 am
God’s word alone will stand forever. From age to age, country to country, and reader to reader, God’s truth, as revealed in Scripture, remains the same.
Author: John Piper
Posted: July 14, 2018, 6:02 am
Those who come to a text without humility will only leave with their opinions. Those who come to the Bible to learn will leave with God’s truth.
Author: John Piper
Posted: July 10, 2018, 6:01 am
Pride opens the Bible and reads without reading. Humility opens the Bible and asks God to give insight.
Author: John Piper
Posted: July 7, 2018, 6:01 am
It is considered rude when we interrupt someone while they are speaking and tell them what they really mean. We must not do this to authors either.
Author: John Piper
Posted: July 3, 2018, 6:01 am
Great Bible study isn’t about being able to articulate how you think or feel about a text. The meaning of a text is defined by the author, not the reader.
Author: John Piper
Posted: June 30, 2018, 6:01 am
If you use God’s sovereignty as an excuse for passivity and laziness towards your sin, you may not be his child.
Author: John Piper
Posted: June 26, 2018, 6:01 am
Satan works day and night to blind us to the fact that God’s children are never alone in their fight against sin.
Author: John Piper
Posted: June 23, 2018, 6:01 am
Salvation is rooted in the past, worked out in the present, and guaranteed in the future.
Author: John Piper
Posted: June 19, 2018, 6:01 am
If God justifies us by grace alone through faith alone, what does it mean to work out our salvation?
Author: John Piper
Posted: June 16, 2018, 6:01 am
Obedience is neither the rock upon which our salvation rests nor the optional ribbon placed upon eternal life. It is essential. And it is empowered by God.
Author: John Piper
Posted: June 12, 2018, 6:01 am
To comply with God’s commands is to believe that God knows more than we do about what will ultimately make us happy.
Author: John Piper
Posted: June 9, 2018, 6:00 am
Christian self-denial is not truly self-denial. It is saying “no” to the lesser and impermanent for the better “yes” of eternity.
Author: John Piper
Posted: June 5, 2018, 6:01 am
God doesn’t help us in our times of need so that we will keep it to ourselves. He comforts us so we can bring comfort to others.
Author: John Piper
Posted: June 2, 2018, 6:01 am
God promises rest for the weary, peace for the brokenhearted, and comfort for the restless. Do you know the God of all comfort?
Author: John Piper
Posted: May 29, 2018, 6:01 am
Christ’s work on the cross and subsequent resurrection not merely shows that he loved humanity. It proclaims that God loves his glory.
Author: John Piper
Posted: May 26, 2018, 6:03 am