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

Famous As: American pastor
Born On: January 11, 1946
Born In: Chattanooga
Age: 76 Years

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 most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him

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

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.

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
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.

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

John Piper
All heroes are shadows of Christ

All heroes are shadows of Christ

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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?

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

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

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.

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

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

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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.

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.

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Reading is more important to me than eating.

Reading is more important to me than eating.

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

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

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

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

John Piper
There is hope in forgiveness

There is hope in forgiveness

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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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

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God without Christ is no God.

God without Christ is no God.

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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

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

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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)

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)

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

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

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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?

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?

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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.

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.

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

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

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Your mind was made to know and love God.

Your mind was made to know and love God.

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.

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.

John Piper
Ignatius, when he heard the clock strike, would say,

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

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

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

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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.

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.

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

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

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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.

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

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

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Go, send, or disobey.

Go, send, or disobey.

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

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

John Piper
Heaven is a place of unparalleled and indescribable joy

Heaven is a place of unparalleled and indescribable joy

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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Christians do not just go to work. They go to work

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".

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

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

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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.

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.

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

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

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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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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...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.

...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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

John Piper
Racial and ethnic segragtion is a gospel issue! Cephas' fear and wihdrawal from fellowship across ethnic lines was

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.

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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

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But we also need stories. Great stories.

But we also need stories. Great stories.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Piper
He came to destroy sin because it is fatal.

He came to destroy sin because it is fatal.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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