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.
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
We need the word of God to correct our passions, rebuke our passions, and shape our passions.
Posted: March 30, 2019, 10:02 am
Good preaching says hard things, calls out sin, and makes us uncomfortable, because good preaching heralds God’s word.
Posted: March 26, 2019, 7:02 am
What the church needs this Sunday is God’s word — not laugh-out-loud humor, not moving stories, not news updates — God’s word.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 10:02 am
Faith is the experience of Christ as our surpassing worth and all else as rubbish by comparison.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 7:02 am
When we gain Christ, we get a right standing before God that depends upon Christ and not ourselves.
Posted: March 16, 2019, 10:03 am
A Christianity that never inconveniences us, never discomforts us, never costs anything, is not Christianity.
Posted: March 12, 2019, 7:02 am
We can feel safe before a holy God and boast of a sure eternity. But we cannot do that by looking to ourselves.
Posted: March 9, 2019, 9:02 am
The right parents, religious fervor, even good deeds will not save. We could have thousands of confidences, but all will fail unless it is Christ.
Posted: March 5, 2019, 6:02 am
We act out miracles when we do ordinary tasks — attending a work meeting, eating dinner with our family, talking to a neighbor — relying on Christ.
Posted: March 2, 2019, 9:02 am
Paul had an impressive résumé and a lifetime’s worth of accolades — but none of them could save him, and none of them could compete with gaining Christ.
Posted: February 26, 2019, 6:02 am
A longing for heaven can’t help but eclipse longings for worldly pursuits because a longing for future glory produces in us a pursuit of glory today.
Posted: February 23, 2019, 9:02 am
Our hope does not rest on ourselves, our neighbors, our politicians, or our kings, but on the one and only true and coming King.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 6:02 am
Those who say they know grace while refusing to pursue holiness do not know God’s grace as taught by Paul.
Posted: February 16, 2019, 9:02 am
God’s grace didn’t appear in a note from heaven telling sinners not to worry about it. God’s grace came in the person of Jesus Christ.
Posted: February 12, 2019, 6:02 am
God rules over sin, but never sins. This truth does not come from John Piper’s ideals, but from the Bible.
Posted: February 9, 2019, 9:02 am
Where was God when the worst evil in history took place? Right where he’s always been: seated on his throne, ruling over all.
Posted: February 5, 2019, 6:02 am
The silent begin to speak, the timid become courageous, the army begins to march when the church prays for boldness.
Posted: February 2, 2019, 9:02 am