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.

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
You have two options when it comes to Christ: submit to him joyfully now and gain your life, or submit to him begrudgingly later and lose it.
Author: John Piper
Posted: May 22, 2018, 6:01 am
You may not bow to him now. You may not bow to him next year. But a day draws near when every knee will bow before Jesus Christ.
Author: John Piper
Posted: May 19, 2018, 6:00 am
Jesus ascended from earth to heaven, from lowliness to a throne, from humiliation to exaltation, from a cross to a crown.
Author: John Piper
Posted: May 15, 2018, 6:01 am
The Father and the Son were not in a Civil War to redeem humanity. They were in perfect harmony. The Father sent; the Son gladly went.
Author: John Piper
Posted: May 12, 2018, 6:01 am
God did not become an angel to save angels. But he did become fully human to save humans.
Author: John Piper
Posted: May 8, 2018, 6:00 am
If you see Jesus like you do Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, or Confucius, you do not know Jesus.
Author: John Piper
Posted: May 5, 2018, 6:03 am
Many are willing to share in Christlikeness only as long as it doesn’t mean sacrifice. But Christlikeness led Christ to the cross.
Author: John Piper
Posted: May 1, 2018, 6:00 am
Happiness that is not permanent is not a joy that is truly satisfying.
Author: John Piper
Posted: April 28, 2018, 6:01 am
When you see horrendous crimes committed without adequate justice served, remember, the wicked will perish before the judgment of God.
Author: John Piper
Posted: April 24, 2018, 6:01 am
“Righteousness” has a double meaning in the New Testament. Do you know what those meanings are?
Author: John Piper
Posted: April 21, 2018, 6:00 am
In all things, Christians prosper, because over all things, Christ reigns.
Author: John Piper
Posted: April 17, 2018, 6:00 am
Many do not blossom with the beauty of Christlikeness because they are not rooted in the word of God.
Author: John Piper
Posted: April 14, 2018, 6:00 am
Memorizing God’s word puts heavenly treasure in the pockets of the mind and the heart.
Author: John Piper
Posted: April 10, 2018, 6:00 am
The word of God is not merely medicine for our sickly souls. To the born-again heart, it is food for our enjoyment and drink for our soul’s delight.
Author: John Piper
Posted: April 7, 2018, 6:00 am
Those who say they want to be happy while they still indulge in sin do not really want to be happy.
Author: John Piper
Posted: April 3, 2018, 6:01 am
Love does not rest until others participate in all that we have in Christ.
Author: John Piper
Posted: March 31, 2018, 6:00 am
Love makes huge sacrifices for the beloved. Because the joy of the beloved is our own joy.
Author: John Piper
Posted: March 27, 2018, 6:00 am
True humility bends low in service, gives to others at a cost to self, and receives a kingdom in the end.
Author: John Piper
Posted: March 24, 2018, 6:00 am
Only those who have their needs met in Christ can consistently meet the needs of others.
Author: John Piper
Posted: March 20, 2018, 6:00 am
Rest in parenting will not come from getting our children to nap during the day and sleep during the night. It comes from going to Jesus with your burdens.
Author: John Piper
Posted: March 17, 2018, 6:00 am
Jesus is not a fanatic CEO that needs you to render him anxious toil. He is a King who loves to give his beloved sleep.
Author: John Piper
Posted: March 13, 2018, 6:00 am
Although Satan tries to persuade us otherwise, believing God when he tells us to look to others’ interests doesn’t force us to look away from our own joy.
Author: John Piper
Posted: March 9, 2018, 6:00 pm
All whispers of “I deserve” are silenced at the foot of the cross. Go there with your pride and be set free.
Author: John Piper
Posted: March 5, 2018, 6:00 pm
Christian unity is not Christian uniformity. It is a beautiful painting comprised of various colors.
Author: John Piper
Posted: March 2, 2018, 6:00 pm
Jesus did not die so that we could merely tolerate one another. He died so that we would cherish one another.
Author: John Piper
Posted: February 26, 2018, 6:00 pm
It is biblically illogical to think we can live a life worthy of the gospel and be indifferent to Christian unity.
Author: John Piper
Posted: February 23, 2018, 6:00 pm
It is not for lack of compassion that men perish, but for lack of a heart that delights in the God of all compassion because of hard and rebellious hearts.
Author: John Piper
Posted: February 19, 2018, 6:00 pm
Christ’s blood is the great adhesive that unites the church together across time, racial divides, and class distinctions.
Author: John Piper
Posted: February 16, 2018, 6:01 pm
Unity among believers is not just a good thing or a normal thing. It is a God-given and sacred thing.
Author: John Piper
Posted: February 12, 2018, 6:00 pm
The church is crowned with love, clothed in Christ’s righteousness, and perfumed with Trinitarian unity.
Author: John Piper
Posted: February 9, 2018, 6:00 pm
Many of us read that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God and think of millionaires. The rest of the world reads it and thinks of us.
Author: John Piper
Posted: February 5, 2018, 6:00 pm
Satan tells us that all suffering is a curse and proof that we are not loved by God. But God tells us it is a gift to show us our salvation.
Author: John Piper
Posted: February 2, 2018, 6:00 pm
Our love for one another in the face of persecution warns our opponents of the judgment to come.
Author: John Piper
Posted: January 29, 2018, 6:00 pm
Standing firm in fearful days shows that you have promises in the gospel that death, nor loss, nor prison can steal.
Author: John Piper
Posted: January 26, 2018, 6:00 pm
If Jesus “learned obedience” and “was made perfect” does that mean he was ever disobedient and imperfect?
Author: John Piper
Posted: January 22, 2018, 6:02 pm