See and Savor the Supremacy of Christ

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Dr. John Piper is a pastor, the author of Desiring God, and the Chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. In this message, Dr. Piper teaches that the way to true freedom is in understanding and enjoying the supremacy of Christ. This kind of freedom opens us to up to the ability to sacrifice ourselves in the cause of love.




It is clear that God intends that your life bring Him glory. In everything you do, you are supposed to be working to make Him look great. Dr. Piper expressed the point of this message like this: "Seeing and savoring the supremacy of Jesus Christ frees you from the slavery of sin for the sacrifices of love."


John 6:35 (ESV)

35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

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John 1:12 (ESV)

12But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

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Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)

6And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

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Thinking about Dr. Piper's words and the combined truth of these three Scriptures, how would you define saving grace? Or if you prefer, what does saving grace look like in the life of a believer?
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There are only two types of people in this world - those enslaved by sin and others enslaved by righteousness. 


How do "slaves to righteousness" experience incomparable freedom?
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What does understanding the supremacy of Christ do for your life as a Christ follower?
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2 Corinthians 3:18 (ESV)

18And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

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What little lusts have you given big power to? How does this verse from 2 Corinthians inform the way you think about our struggle against sin and temptation?
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Hebrews 10:34 (ESV)

34For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.

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How have you experienced freedom for service? When have you sacrifices for the good of others, and what led you to choose suffering?
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“Freedom is being so in love with Christ that you do exactly what you want to do and it accords with his will. Freedom is seeing and savoring the supremacy of Christ so intensely that you are his totally.”



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