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A collection of quotes by John Piper on theology, Christian, living, truth, belief, faith, hunger, desire, reformed, religion, missions, life, sin, books and God.

100 Inspiring Quotes By John Piper On Worship, God, Life And More

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John Stephen Piper is a Calvinist Baptist preacher and Chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He served as the Pastor for Preaching and Vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota for 33 years before becoming a founder and teacher of desiringGod.org. The evangelical organization serves as the primary domain for Piper’s sermons and teachings. He listens to the queries of his web audience and helps them solve it through his guidance and religious stance. Other than being a pastor and teacher, John Piper is a famous author who has authored more than 50 books till date. He is also an ‘ECPA Christian Book Award’ winner for his books, ‘Pierced by the Word’, ‘Spectacular Sins’, ‘Don't Waste Your Life’, ‘What Jesus Demands from the World’, ‘God's Passion for His Glory’, and ‘The Passion of Jesus Christ’. Piper’s evangelical preaching and beliefs are also apparent in his quotes and sayings that give readers a new perspective to life and situations. Read this section and find some of the meaningful quotes and thoughts by John Piper.

God is the greatest thing that exists, ever has existed or ever will…for us to glory in anything else, would be sin, as there is nothing greater than God, there is no calling greater than praising God.

- John Piper

The wasted life is the life without a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

The really wonderful moments of joy in this world are not moments of self-satisfaction, but self-forgetfulness.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

God did not just overcome evil at the cross. He made evil serve the overcoming of evil. He made evil commit suicide in doing its worst evil.

- Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ, John Piper

Enjoying and displaying are both crucial. The wasted life is the life without a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

In the end, the only 'good name' that matters is not how men feel about us, but how God feels about us.

- Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, John Piper

The only person in history who did not deserve to suffer, suffered most.

- Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, John Piper

Most of your unhappiness in life comes from the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself.

- When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy, John Piper

Adjust your doctrine - or just minimize doctrine - to attract the world, and in the very process of attracting them, lose the radical truth that alone can set them free.

- John Piper

He came to destroy sin because it is fatal.

- Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent, John Piper

The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God’s delight in being God.

- John Piper

Be glad in the Lord and receive willingly from His Hand all that he designs for my holiness - both painful and pleasant.

- A Godward Life: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life, John Piper

Imagination is the faculty of the mind that God has given us to make the communication of his beauty beautiful.

- John Piper

Without a spiritual wakefulness to divine purposes and connections in all things, we will not know things for what they truly are.

- The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God's Delight in Being God, John Piper

The apex of glorifying God is enjoying Him with the heart. But this is empty emotionalism where that joy is not awakened and sustained by true views of God for who He really is

- Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Piper

Not to aim to show God is not to love, because God is what we need the most deeply. And to have all else without Him is to perish in the end.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

God is willing and able to turn his judgements into joys . . . Don't ever think that the sin of your past means there is no hope for your future.

- A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, John Piper

...childlike wonder and awe have died. The scenery and poetry and music of the majesty of God have dried up like a forgotten peach at the back of the refrigerator.

- Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, John Piper

It isn't the size of the window that determines how much you see. It's which way the window is facing, and how close you are, and whether the glass is clear.

- Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ, John Piper

The horror of Hell is an echo of the infinite worth of God's glory.

- John Piper

The humility of wisdom is the happy consciousness that all things come from God, are sustained by God, and exist for God. This wisdom is rooted in the pride-destroying, joy-giving cross of Christ.

- Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Piper

God is most glorified when you are most satisfied in Him.

- Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, John Piper

Pride is no respecter of persons. The serious thinkers may be humble, and the careless mystics may be arrogant.

- Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Piper

The one God has chosen unconditionally he keeps invincibly. Being and staying a believer is decisively of sovereign grace.

- John Piper

Christmas is an indictment before it becomes a delight. It will not have its intended effect until we feel desperately the need for a Savior.

- John Piper

God has made us to be conduits of his grace. The danger is in thinking the conduit should be lined with gold. It shouldn't. Copper will do.

- Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, John Piper

God is the one being in the universe for whom self-exaltation is the most loving thing. Anyone else who exalts himself distracts us from what we need, namely, God.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

Are you able—theologically, personally, and resource-wise—to be harmoniously, sweetly, and deeply in love with Jesus together in marriage?

- John Piper

But we also need stories. Great stories.

- A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, John Piper

On the other hand, emotion without truth produces empty frenzy and cultivates shallow people who refuse the discipline of rigorous thought.

- Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, John Piper

The end of the creation is that God may communicate happiness to the creature

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

Once upon a time, there was a safe, private place to take your controversial stand for Jesus. No more. If you are going to stand, you will be shot at—either figuratively or literally.

- Jesus: The Only Way to God: Must You Hear the Gospel to Be Saved?, John Piper

To make them feel good about themselves when they were made to feel good about seeing God is like taking someone to the Alps and locking them in a room full of mirrors.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

You cannot know what prayer is for, until you know that life is war.

- John Piper

Christians do not just go to work. They go to work "with God". They do not just do a job. They do their job "with God".

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

Racial and ethnic segragtion is a gospel issue! Cephas' fear and wihdrawal from fellowship across ethnic lines was "not in step with the truth of the gospel." Christ had died to tear down this wall.

- The Passion of Jesus Christ, John Piper

I know of no other way to triumph over sin long-term than to gain a distaste for it because of a superior satisfaction in God.

- Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, John Piper

If death is no longer a fear, we're really free. Free to take any risk under the sun for Christ and for love.

- Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent, John Piper

Let the freedom to fail give you the hope to fight.

- Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent, John Piper

Life is precarious, and life is precious. Don’t presume you will have it tomorrow, and don’t waste it today.

- John Piper

Preferring anything above Christ is the very essence of sin. It must be fought.

- When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight For Joy, John Piper

Hold your possessions so loosely that when they are lost in the sacrifices of love, your confidence in a supreme Treasure in heaven will fill you with joy.

- Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology, John Piper

At one level, the message of the book of Ruth is that the life of the godly is not a straight line to glory, but they do get there.

- A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, John Piper

We will wait. We will wait till all is made righteous (glorious) according to the word of God.

- A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, John Piper

Will I find spiritual communion with God sweet enough, and hope in his promises deep enough, not just to cope, but to flourish and rejoice in him?

- A Hunger for God, John Piper

Our lives become trivial. And our capacity for magnificent causes and great worship dies.

- A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, John Piper

Humility is the flip side of giving God all the glory. Humility means reveling in his grace, not our goodness.

- Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions, John Piper

If we are cut loose from the anchor of God's Word, we will not be free. We will be slaves of personal passions and popular trends.

- Jesus: The Only Way to God: Must You Hear the Gospel to Be Saved?, John Piper

In all the setbacks of your life as a believer, God is plotting for your joy.

- John Piper

I count myself as one of the number of those who learn as they write and write as they learn.

- Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Piper

Heaven is a place of unparalleled and indescribable joy

- John Piper

We have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.' There are no U-Hauls behind hearses.

- John Piper

A prayerless Christian is like a bus driver trying alone to push his bus out of a rut because he doesn't know Clark Kent is on board.

- Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, John Piper

If truth does not lead to falling in love, it fails.

- John Piper

The evil and suffering in this world are greater than any of us can comprehend. But evil and suffering are not ultimate. God is. Satan, the great lover of evil and suffering, is not sovereign. God is.

- Suffering and the Sovereignty of God, John Piper

The only people who soul can truly magnify the Lord are...people who acknowledge their lowly estate and are overwhelmed by the condescension of the magnificent God.

- Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent, John Piper

Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon.

- The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God's Delight in Being God, John Piper

Faith is born and sustained by the Word of God, and out of faith grows the flower of joy.

- Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, John Piper

Life is too short, too precious, too painful to waste on worldly bubbles that burst

- Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, John Piper

A mind fed daily on TV diminishes. Your mind was made to know and love God.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

The Lord is kind. He is good to all who take refuge under his wings.

- A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, John Piper

Go, send, or disobey.

- John Piper

We are more than a collection of appetites - we are of God.

- A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, John Piper

It has to do with seeing God. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).

- A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, John Piper

All that looks like reality to us is dependent on God. There is creation and Creator, nothing more. And creation gets all its meaning and purpose from God.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

What defines us as Christians is not most profoundly that we have come to know him but that he took note of us and made us his own.

- Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Piper

Humility is beyond our reach. if it were a product of reaching, we would instinctively be proud of reaching it. it is a gift.

- John Piper

Ignatius, when he heard the clock strike, would say, "Now I have another hour to answer for." (Eph. 5:16)

- John Piper

God seldom calls us for an easier life, but always calls us to know more of him and drink more deeply of His sustaining grace.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

Your mind was made to know and love God.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don't get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism, but deception.

- John Piper

Don’t be surprised. There is nothing new under the sun. Only endless repackagings

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

Do you love the cross because it makes much of you? Or do you love it because it enables you to enjoy and eternity of making much of God?

- John Piper

You get one pass at life. That’s all. Only one. And the lasting measure of that life is Jesus Christ.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

He shook my dozing soul and threw the cold water of reality in my face, so that life and God and heaven and hell broke into my world with glory and horror. (on CS Lewis)

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

God without Christ is no God.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

I will not waste my life! I will finish my course and finish it well. I will display the Gospel of the grace of God in all I do. I will run my race to the end.” - Paul

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

America is the first culture in jeopardy of amusing itself to death.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

My joy grows with every soul that seeks the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Remember, you have one life. That’s all. You were made for God. Don’t waste it.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

Don't follow a defeated foe. Follow Christ. It is costly. You will be an exile in this age. But you will be free.

- The Passion of Jesus Christ, John Piper

There is hope in forgiveness

- A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, John Piper

He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

Death is like my car. It takes me where I want to go.

- John Piper

Reading is more important to me than eating.

- John Piper

Desire that your life count for something great! Long for your life to have eternal significance. Want this! Don’t coast through life without a passion.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

Books don't change people; paragraphs do, Sometimes even sentences.

- A Godward Life: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life, John Piper

God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that he really is. This is what it means to be created in the image of God.

- John Piper

We weren't meant to be somebody--we were meant to know Somebody

- John Piper

Do you feel loved by God because you believe he makes much of you, or because you believe he frees you and empowers you to enjoy making much of him?

- John Piper

The wisdom of God devised a way for the love of God to deliver sinners from the wrath of God while not compromising the righteousness of God.

- Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, John Piper

It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself.

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

All heroes are shadows of Christ

- Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

The strength of patience hangs on our capacity to believe that God is up to something good for us in all our delays and detours.

- Battling Unbelief: Defeating Sin with Superior Pleasure, John Piper

Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't.

- John Piper

It is better to lose your life than to waste it.

- John Piper

Grace is the pleasure of God to magnify the worth of God by giving sinners the right and power to delight in God without obscuring the glory of God.

- John Piper

If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full.

- Don't Waste Your Life Study Guide, John Piper

One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.

- John Piper

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him

- John Piper