153+ Best John Piper Quotes: Exclusive Selection

John Stephen Piper is an American Reformed Baptist continuationist pastor and author who is the founder and leader of desiringGod.org and is the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Profoundly inspirational John Piper quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous John Piper Quotes

Do all things without grumbling. Why? You have a sovereign God who is on your side, who works everything together for your good. – John Piper

The bloodline of Jesus is thicker, deeper, stronger than the bloodline of race, ethnicity and family. – John Piper

If you can’t see the sun you will be impressed with a street light. If you’ve never felt thunder and lightning you’ll be impressed with fireworks. And if you turn your back on the greatness and majesty of God you’ll fall in love with a world of shadows and short-lived pleasures. – John Piper

What is sin? It is the glory of God not honored. The holiness of God not reverenced. The greatness of God not admired. The power of God not praised. The truth of God not sought. The wisdom of God not esteemed. The beauty of God not treasured. The goodness of God not savored. The faithfulness of God not trusted. The commandments of God not obeyed. The justice of God not respected. The wrath of God not feared. The grace of God not cherished. The presence of God not prized. The person of God not loved. That is sin. – John Piper

There are only three kinds of Christians when it comes to world missions: zealous goers, zealous senders, and disobedient. – John Piper

Treasuring life above Christ is a tragedy. – John Piper

If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great. – John Piper

So, you have three possibilities in world missions. You can be a goer, a sender, or disobedient. The Bible does not assume that everyone goes. But it does assume that the ones who do not go care about goers and support goers and pray for goers and hold the rope of the goers. – John Piper

Your mind was made to know and love God. – John Piper

You ought to marry someone who’s willing to go anywhere for God. If they’re not, they’re out. – John Piper

Books don’t change people; paragraphs do, Sometimes even sentences. – John Piper

Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don’t. You are in good company… You will argue with yourself that there is no way forward. But with God, nothing is impossible. He has more ropes and ladders and tunnels out of pits than you can conceive. Wait. Pray without ceasing. Hope. – John Piper

Suffering in the path of Christian obedience, with joy – because the steadfast love of the Lord is better than life (Psalm 63:3) – is the clearest display of the worth of God in our lives. Therefore, faith-filled suffering is essential in this world for the most intense, authentic worship. When we are most satisfied with God in suffering, he will be most glorified in us in worship. Our problem is not styles of music. Our problem is styles of life. When we embrace more affliction for the worth of Christ, there will be more fruit in the worship of Christ. – John Piper

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

That’s who Jesus Christ is. He became the final Priest and the final Sacrifice. Sinless, he did not offer sacrifices for himself. Immortal, he never has to be replaced. Human, he could bear human sins. Therefore he did not offer sacrifices for himself; he offered himself as the final sacrifice. There will never be the need for another. There is one mediator between us and God. One priest. We need no other. Oh, how happy are those who draw near to God through Christ alone. – John Piper

Not going to God because your faith is weak is like not going to the doctor because you feel sick. – John Piper

Marriage is not mainly about prospering economically; it is mainly about displaying the covenant-keepin g love between Christ and his church. Knowing Christ is more important than making a living. Treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children. Being united to Christ by faith is a greater source of marital success than perfect sex and double-income prosperity. – John Piper

Worship is a way of gladly reflecting back to God the radiance of His worth. – John Piper

‘Worship’ is the term we use to cover all the acts of the heart and mind and body that intentionally express the infinite worth of God. This is what we were created for, as God says in Isaiah 43:7, Everyone who is called by my name, and whom I have created for my glory. That means that we were all created for the purpose of expressing the infinite worth of God’s glory. We were created to worship. – John Piper

If we cannot claim to live sinless lives, then the only thing that can keep us from despairing before a holy God is that we have an Advocate in heaven and He pleads our case not on the basis of our perfection but of His propitiation. – John Piper

One of the most important discoveries I have ever made is this truth: God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in him. This is the motor that drives my ministry as a pastor. It affects everything I do. – John Piper

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

To be a Christian is to move toward need, not comfort. – John Piper

Journaling is a way to be a good steward of the Spirit’s illuminations. – 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. – John Piper

The deepest need that you and I have in weakness and adversity is not quick relief, but the well-grounded confidence that what is happening to us is part of the greatest purpose of God in the universe – the glorification of the grace and power of his Son – the grace and power that bore Him to the cross and kept him there until the work of love was done. – John Piper

There is no other way the world is going to see the supreme glory of Christ today, except that we break free from the Disneyland of America and begin to live lifestyles of missionary sacrifice that looks to the world like our treasure is in heaven and not on the earth. – John Piper

This is the centre of the gospel – this is what the Garden of Gethsemane and Good Friday are all about – that God has done astonishing and costly things to draw us near. – John Piper

Without the renewed mind, we will distort the Scriptures to avoid their radical commands for self-denial, and love, and purity, and supreme satisfaction in Christ alone. – John Piper

Whatever opposes prayer opposes the whole work of ministry. – John Piper

Prayer causes things to happen that wouldn’t happen if you didn’t pray. – John Piper

The Bible is the ultimate authority and infallible, not the pastor and not the elders. And it doesn’t mean that you believe everything he says without examining it. – John Piper

There is hope in forgiveness – 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. – John Piper

Whenever your heart starts to be anxious about the future, preach to your heart and say, ‘Heart, who do you think you are to be afraid of the future and nullify the promise of God? No, heart, I will not exalt myself with anxiety. I will humble myself in peace and joy as I trust this precious and great promise of God – He cares for me.’ – John Piper

The most dangerous thing in the world is the sin of self-reliance and the stupor of worldliness. – John Piper

We are all starved for the glory of God, not self. No one goes to the Grand Canyon to increase self-esteem. Why do we go? Because there is greater healing for the soul in beholding splendor than there is in beholding self. – John Piper

When you see Jesus as your Treasure, the Spirit has blown through your heart. – John Piper

It was becoming clearer and clearer that if I wanted to come to the end of my life and not say, “I’ve wasted it!” then I would need to press all the way in, and all the way up, to the ultimate purpose of God and join him in it. If my life was to have a single, all-satisfying, unifying passion, it would have to be God’s passion. – John Piper

Satan’s aim is to destroy our joy and trust and delight in God, and to make God look worthless in the world’s eyes. Everytime someone forsakes God for the world, gets angry at God when part of the world is taken away from them, they highlight the world as valuable… and everytime someone stays with God, when the world is taken away, and praises God, they highlight the value and glory of God. – John Piper

Gratitude is the joy that arises in response to God’s good will toward us in all his gifts. – John Piper

God has ordained that our preaching become deeper and more winsome as we are broken, humbled, and made low and desperately dependent on grace by the trials of our lives. – John Piper

Every good thing in the Christian life grows in the soil of humility. Without humility, every virtue and every grace withers. That’s why Calvin said humility is first, second, and third in the Christian faith. – John Piper

Bitterness about your parents’ brokenness will kill you. Be the grace-filled end of generational sin in your family. – John Piper

Every criticism or slight against you, warranted or not, received or endured humbly, is written in heaven for your reward. – John Piper

You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know the few great things that matter, perhaps just one, and then be willing to live for them and die for them. 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. – 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

Do not be more devoted to your own brain than you are to the Bible. – John Piper

When I believe in Jesus, I am united to Christ. Therefore, what he did and achieved becomes mine by this union through faith alone. His righteous life is imputed to me. What Christ achieved is counted as mine. – John Piper

Our obedience is God’s pleasure when it proves that God is our treasure. – John Piper

My feelings are not God. God is God. My feelings do not define truth. God’s word defines truth. My feelings are echoes and responses to what my mind perceives. And sometimes – many times – my feelings are out of sync with the truth. When that happens – and it happens every day in some measure – I try not to bend the truth to justify my imperfect feelings, but rather, I plead with God: Purify my perceptions of your truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth. – 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

Life is not a straight line leading from one blessing to the next and then finally to heaven. Life is a winding and troubled road. Switchback after switchback. And the point of biblical stories like Joseph and Job and Esther and Ruth is to help us feel in our bones (not just know in our heads) that God is for us in all these strange turns. God is not just showing up after the trouble and cleaning it up. He is plotting the course and managing the troubles with far-reaching purposes for our good and for the glory of Jesus Christ. – John Piper

In EVERY situation and EVERY circumstance of your life, God is always doing a thousand different things that you cannot see and you do not know. – John Piper

Our deeds are not the basis of our salvation, they are the evidence of our salvation. They are not foundation, they are demonstration. – John Piper

People don’t enjoy salt. They enjoy what is salted. We are the salt of the earth. We do not exist for ourselves. – John Piper

Sin is what you do when your heart is not satisfied with God. – John Piper

A Christian is not a person who believes in his head the teachings of the Bible. Satan believes in his head the teachings of the Bible! A Christian is a person who has died with Christ, whose stiff neck has been broken, whose brazen forehead has been shattered, whose stony heart has been crushed, whose pride has been slain, and whose life is now mastered by Jesus Christ. – John Piper

Prosperity cannot be a proof of God’s favor, since it is what the devil promises to those who worship him. (Matt. 4:9) – John Piper

If God’s love for his children is to be measured by our health, wealth, and comfort in this life, God hated the apostle Paul. – 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. – John Piper

Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world. – John Piper

The deepest and most enduring happiness is found only in God. Not from God, but in God. – John Piper

The Gospel is not how people get to heaven. The Gospel is how people get to God. – John Piper

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

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. – John Piper

I’ve never heard anyone say the really deep lessons of life have come in times of ease and comfort. But, I have heard many saints say every significant advance I’ve ever made in grasping in the depth of God’s love and growing deep with Him, have come through suffering. – John Piper

God will not turn away from doing you good. He will keep on doing good. He doesn’t do good to His children sometimes and bad to them other times. He keeps on doing good and He never will stop doing good for ten thousand ages of ages. When things are going bad that does not mean God has stopped doing good. It means He is shifting things around to get them in place for more good, if you will go on loving Him. – John Piper

God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them. – John Piper

But whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life. – John Piper

There is a great gulf between the Christianity that wrestles with whether to worship at the cost of imprisonment and death, and the Christianity that wrestles with whether the kids should play soccer on Sunday morning. – 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. – John Piper

The critical question for our generation—and for every generation— is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there? – John Piper

Redemption is not perfection. The redeemed must realize their imperfections. – John Piper

Not all single women want to be married. Not all boys like football. Not all homemakers like to cook. Not all messy people are lazy. And not all the obese are gluttons. There are glands and diabetes and a dozen conditions you never heard of that may account for things. Put your sermon through the counter-stereotype sieve. – John Piper

The best news of the Christian gospel is that the supremely glorious Creator of the universe has acted in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection to remove every obstacle between us and himself so that we may find everlasting joy in seeing and savoring his infinite beauty. – John Piper

Woe to us if we get our satisfaction from the food in the kitchen and the TV in the den and the sex in the bedroom with an occasional tribute to the cement blocks in the basement! – John Piper

My mother, who grew up in Pennsylvania, literally washed my mouth out with soap once for saying, ‘Shut up!’ to my sister. She would have washed my mouth out with gasoline if she knew how foul my mouth was racially when she wasn’t around. – John Piper

Don’t assume that all fat people are gluttons. And don’t use the word ‘fat.’ There is a principle here. Learn from logic and experience not to associate things – especially in preaching – that don’t necessarily go together. – John Piper

We look at life from the back side of the tapestry. And most of the time, what we see is loose threads, tangled knots and the like. But occasionally, God’s light shines through the tapestry, and we get a glimpse of the larger design with God weaving together the darks and lights of existence. – John Piper

God has ordained that Satan have a long leash with God holding on to the leash because he knows that when we walk in and out of those temptations, struggling with both the physical effects that they bring and the moral effects that they bring, more of God’s glory will shine. – John Piper

Human beings were put on the planet to depend upon their Creator and to worship their Creator at every point in every sphere of culture. – John Piper

Neither Muslims nor anyone else truly worships the true God if they reject Jesus as he really is in the Gospels. – John Piper

When people think about ‘thinking,’ they often think ‘academia;’ they think ‘threat.’ They think ‘coldness.’ I want to reverse all those images and say, ‘No, the brain God gave you is intended to throw fuel on the fire of your affections for God. It’s really good at it if you let it.’ – John Piper

As a child and a teenager, my attitudes and actions assumed the superiority of my race in almost every way without knowing or wanting to know anybody who was black, except Lucy. Lucy came to our house on Saturdays to help my mother clean. I liked Lucy, but the whole structure of the relationship was demeaning. – John Piper

The saving love of God is his doing whatever must be done, at great cost to himself, and for the least deserving, so that he might enthrall them with what will make them supremely happy forever, namely, himself. – John Piper

We are all responsible to Jesus first, and then, under him, to various other persons and offices. Discerning the path of love and obedience when two or more of these submissive relationships collide is a call to humble, Bible-saturated, spiritual wisdom. – John Piper

Whether sexual orientation can change or not, hearts can change and turn any sexual orientation into an occasion for the glory of Christ. Those with same-sex attraction glorify Christ through sexual abstinence and through the enrichment of significant Christ-exalting relationships in other ways. – John Piper

My prayer is that the good news of Jesus, the crucified and risen Messiah, would flood Jewish communities around the world, that the veil would be lifted, and that we would see a massive turning of Israel to the Lord Jesus. – John Piper

God created a good world that was subjected to futility because of the sinful, treasonous choice of the first human beings. – John Piper

Every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. – John Piper

God revealed himself through the Law, which pointed to Christ as its end and goal, commanded the obedience that comes from faith, increased transgressions, and shut the mouths of all humans because no one has performed the righteousness of the Law so as not to need a substitute. – John Piper

It’s amazing how many introverts go into the ministry. – John Piper

If a tornado twists at 175 miles an hour and stays on the ground like a massive lawnmower for 50 miles, God gave the command. – John Piper

The Bible does not oppose or forbid interracial marriages but sees them as a positive good for the glory of Christ. – John Piper

The essence of faith is being satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus. – John Piper

I know God’s voice. I’ve seen God’s hand. If the Lord is my helper, why should I be afraid? – John Piper

You don’t give God authority over your life. He has it, totally. – John Piper

As much as we can, let’s defend the truth by pointing to what the apostles taught, and let’s call out sin by pointing to the inconsistencies between what we say we believe and what we do. – John Piper

You can’t make yourself saved. This is very threatening to people, even Christians, because of what it seems to say about freedom. – John Piper

The absence of God in most spheres of life is perceived to be normal, and even Christians feel it as normal – which is why absorbing the culture all around us and its priorities is so dangerous. – John Piper

I can be poor, I can lose a job, I can have a hospital bill that I don’t know how to pay, for I can do all these things through Him who strengthens me. – John Piper

God gives life and he takes life. Everybody who dies, dies because God wills that they die. – John Piper

I have tried to devote my life – with all my husband failures, father failures, pastor failures, friend failures, any other possible failures I’m sure I’ve done them – to the God-centeredness of God and my aspiring, yearning to join Him in that activity. God is passionate about hallowing the name of God. – John Piper

The Gospel is not a theory; the Gospel is not a philosophy or an idea; the Gospel is not a way of thinking or feeling. The Gospel is an event in history. – John Piper

Blind people don’t decide to see. Jesus says, ‘See!’ and they see. – John Piper

God is infinitely valuable. I can’t think of anything that would have a greater impact on your life than for you to believe that. – John Piper

Whenever the strength of God is not recognized as the source of our strength, we are breaking the First Commandment: Do not have any gods before me. – John Piper

God has levels of willing and delighting. He wills and delights in things in different ways so that approval and disapproval can coexist without being contradictory, without canceling each other out. I am making the case here for infinite complexity. – John Piper

Jesus Christ… came into the world to vindicate the infinite worth of God’s holiness which had been desecrated by our sin and which seemed… to be taken lightly because it was being passed over for nothing more than the blood of bulls. – John Piper

Early on, you talk about God because you consider Him to be most important. But later, you realize there are means by which God is known and portrayed. – John Piper

Reading and understanding the Bible involves lots and lots of interpretation. Not just in light of the world and culture around us, but in reference to other parts of the Bible. – John Piper

There are two basic restrictions on marriage in the Bible: Number one, she should marry a man. Number two, he should be a Christian. – John Piper

God is not beholden to us at all. He doesn’t owe us anything. – John Piper

Homosexual behavior has been exploited, and reveled in, and celebrated in art, for millennia. – John Piper

Few things give rise to imprecise rhetoric like the issue of race. It’s understandable, but damaging. – John Piper

God wills to be displayed and known and loved and cherished and worshiped. – John Piper

Little hearts, little souls give little lusts big power. Big hearts give little lusts little power. – John Piper

The Christian – the biblical – concept of mercy toward wrongdoers only exists in relation to justice. Showing mercy, in relation to wrongdoing, means treating someone better than they deserve. – John Piper

I am not a good example of an urban pastor. Because of the way I believe God calls me to use my time, I don’t have significant relationships with most of my neighbors. – John Piper

There are many pointers in the Bible concerning the rightness, the goodness, the beauty, the justice, the preciousness of racial harmony and diversity. – John Piper

God was alive when this universe exploded into existence. He was alive when Socrates drank his poison. He was the living God when William Bradford governed Plymouth Colony. He was the living God in 1966 when Thomas Altizer proclaimed him dead and Time magazine absolutely absurdly put it on the front cover. – John Piper

The giving of the Quran is in Islam what the incarnation of Christ is to Christianity. If this is so, then Quran-burning is parallel to Christ-crucifying. – John Piper

You do the hundreds of things that a Christward heart does in the hope that God will put a match to those little sparks to cause it to become a conflagration in a community or in a nation. – John Piper

I owe my life and hope to the gospel. Without it I would still be strutting with racist pride, or I would be suffering the moral paralysis of ‘white guilt.’ But the gospel has an answer to both pride and guilt. – John Piper

I just want to preach so bad I can hardly stand it. I love what I do. – John Piper

I believe God has a future for ethnic Israel. – John Piper

I’ve always wondered, am I a writer who preaches or a preacher who writes? I don’t know. I love them both. – John Piper

One way to appreciate C.S. Lewis is to see how his Christian humility shaped his life and work. – John Piper

The astonishing thing is that people can become religious without being converted. That is, they join churches and start reading the Bible and doing religious things with no change in the foundation of their happiness: It is still themselves. They are the ground of their joy. – John Piper

We send out mass e-mails to the handlers we have signed up, and we include in our mailings to them the dates of our training, … We make sure that there is a mixture of veteran handlers and new handlers. – John Piper

We want to warn boaters that they are not licensed in the state of Oregon to do business in the state of Oregon. – John Piper

The training is more extensive, the training has been upgraded, the training is very successful, and the training is monitored by the police department of New York City, – John Piper

Being happy in God is the way we glorify Him. This is the reason we were created. Delighting in God is not a mere preference or option of life; it is our joyful duty and should be the single passion of our lives. – John Piper

Reading is more important to me than eating. – John Piper

The suffering of sickness and the suffering of persecution have this in common: they are both intended by Satan for the destruction of our faith, and governed by God for the purifying of our faith… Christ sovereignly accomplishes His loving, purifying purpose, by overruling Satan’s destructive attempts. Satan is always aiming to destroy our faith; but Christ magnifies His power in weakness. – John Piper

The main reason God has given us minds is that we might seek out and find all the reasons that exist for treasuring him in all things and above all things. – John Piper

God is not an employer looking for employees. He is an Eagle looking for people who will take refuge under his wings. He is looking for people who will leave father and mother and homeland or anything else that may hold them back from a life of love under the wings of Jesus. – John Piper

God without Christ is no God. – 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

You may be going through things right now that are painfully preparing you for some precious service to Jesus and to his people. When a person strikes rock bottom with a sense of nothingness or helplessness, he may find that he has struck the Rock of Ages – John Piper

The ministry and mission of the church is at the center of Christian giving. – John Piper

Where passion for God is weak, zeal for missions will be weak. – John Piper

The greatest act of freeing happened when Jesus died in our place and paid our debt. – John Piper

All heroes are shadows of Christ – 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. – 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? – John Piper

We weren’t meant to be somebody–we were meant to know Somebody – John Piper

You never outgrow your need to preach to yourself the gospel. – John Piper

Why Christians do what they do is just as important as what they do. Bad motives ruin good acts. – John Piper

So the main question is not, Which humans brought about the death of Jesus but, What did the death of Jesus bring about for humans – including Jews and Muslims and Buddhists and Hindus and nonreligious secularists – and all people everywhere?When it is all said and done, the most crucial question is: Why? Why did Christ suffer and die? Not why in the sense of cause, but why in the sense of purpose? – 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

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

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