The Search for Joy and the Supremacy of God

2012 The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference

In this 45-minute session from the 2012 TGC Women’s Conference, John Piper describes the goal of the gospel, challenging believers to find their fullest joy in Jesus.

John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as Senior Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. John has authored over 50 books, including Desiring God and Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ

John said, “The life that drinks most deeply at the well of the gospel, the life that displays most clearly the worth of Christ in the gospel, the life that glorifies God's work most fully in the gospel is a life of unremitting pursuit of Jesus as your all-satisfying treasure.” How would you describe your pursuit of Christ?
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John described seven obstacles to joy that God destroyed though the death and resurrection of Jesus:

  1. The wrath of God (Romans 5:9, Galatians 3:13, Romans 2:35)
  2. Alienation from God (Ephesians 2:13, Romans 5:10)
  3. Guilt and sin (Ephesians 1:7, 1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:6)
  4. The absence of righteousness (Romans 3:10, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:19)
  5. Death (Hebrews 9:27, Romans 8:11)
  6. Spiritual deadness (Ephesians 2:4) 
  7. Satan (Colossians 2:15, Hebrews 2:14) 

Which of these defeated obstacles do you struggle to accept or believe, and why? Which encourage you the most, and in what ways?
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John explained that though there are no more obstacles that can stop our everlasting joy in Christ, that was not the goal of the gospel. He said that the ultimate goal is that “we see and savor the glory of Christ in the gospel, show His worth by how much we treasure Him, and display His beauty by how much we delight in it.” 

How would you have described the gospel before hearing this teaching? How does this change your perspective and challenge you?
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How has seeing the glory of Christ changed you? How has it re-prioritized your life and affections? How might others see the infinite value and worth of Christ when they look at your life?
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John said, “The Christian life becomes a lifelong quest to make Jesus the lifeblood of all of your pleasures.” Practically speaking, how can you grow in your pursuit of Christ so that He is your ultimate joy and treasure? Who could help you and encourage you in this pursuit?
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John concluded, “Do not rest until you find yourself sweetly, deeply resting in the all-satisfying grace and glory of our Lord Jesus.”  

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