John Piper

Piper on Truth and Emotion

Today's Worship Quote is another that I put in the category of "heads and hearts in worship." The author is John Piper, former pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

BIBLICAL WORSHIP: TRUTH AND EMOTION
Truth without emotion produces dead orthodoxy and a church full of artificial admirers (like people who write generic anniversary cards for a living). On the other hand, emotion without truth produces empty frenzy and cultivates shallow people who refuse the discipline of rigorous thought. But true worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine. Strong affections for God rooted in truth are the bone and marrow of Biblical worship.

-John Piper in Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, Multnomah Press, 1986.


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Piper on Worship Being Ultimate

Worship Is Ultimate

The WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK comes from the first chapter of John Piper's book LET THE NATIONS BE GLAD (Baker Books). John Piper was senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

WORSHIP IS ULTIMATE
"Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't. Worship is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever."


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

Or you could say it this way: "The purpose of the Church is not evangelism. Rather, the purpose of evangelism is to build the Church, to extend the worshipping community." Pray that God will use your church's missionaries (and us) in the important task of drawing men and women, boys and girls to the one who alone is worthy of our worship.

Have a great week,
Chip

(Originally posted on 8/6/1996)


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Piper on How Prayer is for God's Glory

Future Grace
By John Piper

We see that prayer is for God's glory. Paul says that when we pray through
Christ "our Amen [is] to the glory of God." "Amen" is the great affirmation
that God is the bountiful Giver and I am the needy receiver. Amen affirms
God's inexhaustible future grace to respond to our need in the very best way
for his glory and for our good. Prayer has the wonderful capacity to
highlight our emptiness and God's fullness at the same time. It is
wonderfully suited to express our inadequacy and God's all-sufficiency. When
prayer looks away from our flaws and deficiencies to God for his future
grace, he gets the glory he deserves and we get the good we need."

--- John Piper, from FUTURE GRACE, Chapter 7 "Looking Back for the Sake of
the Future," Multnomah Books, 1995, p. 107.


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