Following up on yesterday’s post about heros, this is a message on the life of John Owen delivered by John Piper at the 1994 Bethlehem Conference for Pastors.
So many men that I admire (John Piper, Sinclair Ferguson, R.C. Sproul, J.I. Packer, Jerry Bridges etc.) have listed John Owen as an influence on their lives that I can’t help but want to learn more about the man. Sadly, I’ve read more books about John Owen than I have books by John Owen. His writing style is difficult to be sure, but what a reward for those who engage the man and his words and persevere.
I am truly blessed. My home is full of family and loved ones and I’m in a reflective mood this Thanksgiving weekend. One of the things I’m most thankful for is Desiring God, the ministry of John Piper. His books and sermons have been instrumental in shaping my doctrinal mindset and for that I am eternally grateful. I absolutely love Desiring God’s mission statement and have adopted it as my own. I keep these words posted on my desk and in my bible to remind me of my true purpose in life. I exist to…
Spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things, for the joy of all peoples, through Jesus Christ.
I’ve heard Dr. Piper mention Hebrews 13:7 in several messages and how this verse declares that it is good to have heros and to imitate their way of life and their faith. He usually mentions that it is better to have dead heros like John Owen or Jonathan Edwards since they have stood the test of time. There is of course a great deal of truth in that, but I can’t help but respect and admire Dr. Piper for his Bible-saturated, God-centered, Christ-exalting ministry. He is truly an inspiration to me and I thank God for his life and his teaching.
Related: You can read or listen to John Piper explaining the biblical foundation of the mission statement in thesetwo messages.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:4-7, ESV
We have so much to be thankful for — most of all a gracious and loving savior.