50 John Piper Quotes

Piper has written many popular books and was a preacher at Bethlehem Baptist Church for over 30 years. Many of his influences as a pastor came from famous authors and Christians that can be found here on this site. He formed a ministry (Desiring God Ministries), where anyone can download any of his sermons, articles, and many books for free.

  • "The abortion industry kills as many Black people every four days as the Klan killed in 150 years."

    - John Piper
    Topics: Abortion


  • "Christ died that we might live. This is the opposite of abortion. Abortion kills that someone might live differently."

    - John Piper
    Topics: Abortion


  • "To love God does not mean to meet His needs, but rather to delight in Him and to be captivated by His glorious power and grace, and to value Him above all other things on earth. All the rest of the commandments are the kinds of things that we will do from our hearts, if our hearts are truly delighted with and resting in the glory of God's grace."

    - John Piper
    Topics: Love, God


  • "Money exerts a certain control over us because it seems to hold out so much (false) promise of happiness. It whispers with great force, "Think and act so as to get into a position to enjoy my benefits." This may include stealing, borrowing, or working. Money promises happiness, and we serve it by believing the promise and walking by that faith."

    - John Piper
    Topics: Money


  • "The cross is not a mere event in history; it's a way of life! Take up your cross DAILY, Jesus said!"

    - John Piper
    Topics: The Cross


  • "Exultation that does not flow from education, affections that do not flow from knowing, savoring that does not flow from seeing, feeling that does not flow from thinking - are hollow and rootless - noisy gongs and clanging cymbals. And God is not glorified by artificial and empty passions. True delight is rooted in true doctrine. God-centered Exultation is rooted in God-centered Education."

    - John Piper
    Topics: Education


  • "If we walk away from risk to keep ourselves safe, we will waste our lives."

    - John Piper
    Topics: Risk, Life


  • "The happiest and holiest children in the world are the children whose fathers succeed in winning both their tender affection and their reverential and loving fear. And they are the children who will come to understand most easily the mystery of the fatherhood of God."

    - John Piper
    Topics: Children


  • "God would be unrighteous (just as we would) if He valued anything more than what is supremely valuable. But He Himself is supremely valuable. If He did not take infinite delight in the worth of His own glory He would be unrighteous. For it is right to take delight in a person in proportion to the excellence of that person's glory."

    - John Piper
    Topics: Righteousness


  • "Sin gets its power by persuading me to believe that I will be happier if I follow it. The power of all temptation is the prospect that it will make me happier."

    - John Piper
    Topics: Temptation


  • "The Spirit inspired the Word and therefore He goes where the Word goes. The more of God's Word you know and love, the more of God's Spirit you will experience."

    - John Piper
    Topics: Holy Spirit


  • "When people cast fear to the wind and spend themselves and risk their lives and fortune in the cause of God's truth, and in love for other people, then God is revealed for who He really is: infinitely valuable and satisfying--so much so that His people don't need the fleeting pleasures of sin in order to be content."

    - John Piper
    Topics: Contentment


  • "Love is the overflow of joy in God! It is not duty for duty's sake, or right for right's sake. It is not a resolute abandoning of one's own good with a view solely to the good of the other person. It is first a deeply satisfying experience of the fullness of God's grace, and then a doubly satisfying experience of sharing that grace with another person."

    - John Piper
    Topics: Love


  • "God's family, which comes into being by regeneration, is more central and more lasting than the human family that comes into being by procreation."

    - John Piper
    Topics: Unity


  • "I don't so much pray that my death will be without pain, but that it will be without doubt."

    - John Piper
    Topics: Death, Pain, Doubt



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