What is the Joy of all Joys?
Do you feel more loved by God when he makes much of you or when at great cost to himself frees you to enjoy making much of him forever? Thinking and preaching through this question has been one of Dr. John Piper’s life passions. Yet it is a question that is prone to misunderstanding, especially by believers struggling to feel God’s love. In this chapel address, Dr. Piper approaches the question from a different angle by showing how God does, in fact, make much of those who are in Christ. In doing so, God demonstrates an even greater love by making much of us not for our own sake but for his glory, because the self will never satisfy a heart made for God.
John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, MN, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of preaching and teaching.