Just 3 Questions about Leadership with John Piper

Who is the best leader you have ever sat under and why were they so good?


John Piper is Founder/Teacher of desiringGod.org and Chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. For 33 years, John served as Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God and When I Don't Desire God. In this first video, he answers, “Who is the best leader you have ever sat under and why were they so good?”


John talked about how his seminary professor, Dan Fuller, led him into a way of seeing God in the Bible—how to read the Bible and put the pieces together. He taught John and other students how to think for themselves. How is your understanding of who God is, shaped by your familiarity and knowledge of Scripture?
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John also mentioned Dan's "un-coolness," which really spoke about his vulnerability. Dan's humble demeanor empowered, strengthened and motivated others. How do you lead? Do people follow you or your flashiness? How are you leading with substance and vulnerability? When do you rely on flash?
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What is the most important thing you do to develop leaders?


In this next clip, John Piper answers the question, "What is the most important thing you do to develop leaders?"



John gave 4 ways that he preaches and teaches in order to awaken other leaders who will do the same.
  1. Inspiration - awaken a big vision of God and his ways
  2. Explanation - show people I get my points from the Bible
  3. Meditation - leaders out think followers
  4. Application - take the truth and show how to apply it 

How are you communicating God's plan? Is it a big vision or have you watered it down in any way? How are you showing people how they fit into God's big plan?
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How do you point people back to Scripture through your preaching or teaching?
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How do you show people how to apply the truth of the Bible in their everyday lives?
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What is the most important thing you do to develop yourself as a leader?


In this next clip, John Piper answers the question, "What is the most important thing you do to develop yourself as a leader?"



John said that influence is not a strategy, but a reflex of the type of person you are. He gave three ways that he strives to improve the quality of his own character.
  1. To know more and more of God
  2. To love more and more of God
  3. To say more and more compellingly the message of God

As you seek to bring people to God, how do you know, love and communicate the message of God? Are you "brooding" over the meaning of texts? Where do you struggle? What changes can you make?
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Psalm 1:3 (ESV)

3He is like a tree

planted by streams of water

that yields its fruit in its season,

and its leaf does not wither.

In all that he does, he prospers.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


John talked about how he prays and begs God not to let him "become blank" and labors to say things in a new way to yield fruit. Are there times when you feel blank as you study Scripture? What can you use from John's encouragement to make things fresh in your own life and as you communicate?
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What is the most important thing you do to strengthen your Christian faith on a daily basis?


In this bonus clip, John Piper answers the question, "What is the most important thing you do to strengthen your Christian faith on a daily basis?"



John quoted Ralph Ritter who said "you're not effected by anything if you don't do it every day" as he explained what he does every single day to strengthen his  faith.
  1. Reads the Bible
  2. Meditates on the law of the Lord
  3. Prays without ceasing
  4. Memorizes Scripture
  5. Looks for promises

Psalm 39:3 (ESV)

3My heart became hot within me.

As I mused, the fire burned;

then I spoke with my tongue:

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Does your heart "grow hot" when you "muse" (read and meditate) on the law of the Lord? Why do you think that is? How does your preaching or teaching come out of that musing?
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John talked about praying in the Word, making Scripture his actual prayer. How do you pray? Do you struggle with distractions?
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Is your devotional time transforming or is it something to check off your "to do" list? What can you use from John's encouragement to keep your prayers fresh and transforming?
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No two people lead exactly the same way, but there are sound leadership principles that can help you become all the leader God has planned you to be. May God grant you wisdom and grace as you lead others in His service.