God makes persecution a launching pad for missions

John Piper concludes a message from Acts 13:1-12 this way: God is a searching and saving God; that he is a God on a mission; he has straight paths that lead to faith; he is still sending us “to seek and to save the lost.” He is not aloof or passive or indecisive. He is … More God makes persecution a launching pad for missions

God’s grace becomes visible when it makes the anguish of persecution a means of spreading the good news of Jesus.

John Piper preached a sermon, “He Saw the Grace of God and Was Glad,” from Acts 11:23. Here is an excerpt; please read or listen to the entire sermon at DesiringGod.org The Grace of God Uses Suffering In other words, the good news about Jesus Christ came to Antioch because of persecution. Barnabas saw this … More God’s grace becomes visible when it makes the anguish of persecution a means of spreading the good news of Jesus.

Piper: God Is Turning Things Around All Over the World

John Piper in a sermon, “Jesus Still Turns Things Around” brings this encouragement from Acts 9, our reading for today: Luke drives this home by showing the persecutor becoming the persecuted. First, in verse 23 Luke tells us that the Jews in Damascus plotted to kill him. The hunter becomes the hunted. And he escapes … More Piper: God Is Turning Things Around All Over the World

Risk for the Cause of God

In America, generally, Christians have not had to face the kind of risk and persecution that is common in other parts of the world. Let’s pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, around the globe, and ask ourselves how we would handle intense persecution. John Piper preached on the passage from Luke that we … More Risk for the Cause of God

“I think I’m still surviving today because our God is great”

Acts 8:1-4   And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. 3 But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off … More “I think I’m still surviving today because our God is great”

The Costs and Blessings of Frontier Missons…John Piper on Matthew 10

As someone passionately active in missions (vvmi.org), I am still NOT on the frontlines.  I experience the joys of being involved and seeing God at work, but I do not yet personally suffer any of the costs of frontier missions.  John Piper explains the COSTS and the BLESSINGS of frontier missions, in his sermon, “I … More The Costs and Blessings of Frontier Missons…John Piper on Matthew 10