107 Best John Piper Quotes from the Famous Theologian and Pastor

John Stephen Piper was born on January 11, 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee is a renowned theologian, pastor and author.

He is the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, a Reformed Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Piper’s theological stance includes “historic premillennialism” or post-tribulationalism and the Calvinistic ideas of double-predestination and the best-of-all-possible-worlds.


He completed his Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary and his doctoral work in the New Testament at the University of Munich.

His influential dissertation, “Love Your Enemies,” was published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House.

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Since 1980, Piper has been ministering as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

His unique philosophy, termed “Christian Hedonism,” encapsulates the idea that “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him”, emphasizing the ultimate fulfillment of happiness in God.

I have noted below the top quotes from John Piper.

Best John Piper Quotes


Blind people don’t decide to see. Jesus says, ‘See!’ and they see. ~ John Piper.


It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself. ~ John Piper.


The presence of hope in the invincible sovereignty of God drives out fear. ~ John Piper.


The key that unlocks the treasure chest of God’s peace is faith in the promises of God. ~ John Piper.


We cannot know what prayer is for until we know that life is war. ~ John Piper.


You never outgrow your need to preach to yourself the gospel. ~ John Piper.


Desire that your life count for something great! Long for your life to have eternal significance. Want this! Don’t coast through life without a passion. ~ John Piper.


Grace is power, not just pardon. ~ John Piper.


Worship is an inward feeling and outward action that reflects the worth of God. ~ John Piper.


Giving in a regular, disciplined, generous way-up to and beyond the tithe-is simply good sense in view of the promises of God. ~ John Piper.


God did not just overcome evil at the cross. He made evil serve the overcoming of evil. He made evil commit suicide in doing its worst evil. ~ John Piper.


Bad theology will eventually hurt people and dishonor God in proportion to its badness. ~ John Piper.


You don’t give God authority over your life. He has it, totally. ~ John Piper.

Top John Piper Quotes

Our deeds are not the basis of our salvation, they are the evidence of our salvation. They are not foundation, they are demonstration. ~ John Piper.


Marriage. The roots are deep. The covenant is solid. The love is sweet. Life is hard. And God is good. ~ John Piper.

People don’t enjoy salt. They enjoy what is salted. We are the salt of the earth. We do not exist for ourselves. ~ John Piper.

The deepest longing of the human heart is to know and enjoy the glory of God. We were made for this. ~ John Piper.


It is better to lose your life than to waste it. ~ John Piper.

You ought to marry someone who’s willing to go anywhere for God. If they’re not, they’re out. ~ John Piper.

The more of God’s Word you know and love, the more of God’s Spirit you will experience. ~ John Piper.


God aims to look valuable in the world, and that happens when we treasure him above all else. ~ John Piper.

I don’t so much pray that my death will be without pain, but that it will be without doubt. ~ John Piper.

Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon. ~ John Piper.

Gratitude is the joy that arises in response to God’s good will toward us in all his gifts. ~ John Piper.

In EVERY situation and EVERY circumstance of your life, God is always doing a thousand different things that you cannot see and you do not know. ~ John Piper.


God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them. ~ John Piper.

Christian fasting, at its root, is the hunger of a homesickness for God. ~ John Piper.

Famous John Piper Quotes

We belittle God when we go through the outward motions of worship and take no pleasure in His person. ~ John Piper.

If created things are seen and handled as gifts of God and as mirrors of His glory, they need not be occasions of idolatry – if our delight in them is always also a delight in their Maker. ~ John Piper.


Treasuring life above Christ is a tragedy. ~ John Piper.

God doesn’t waste anything for those who are yielded to him. ~ John Piper.

The ultimate purpose of life is to show that Jesus is more precious than life. ~ John Piper.

The Gospel is not a picture of adoption, adoption is a picture of the Gospel. ~ John Piper.

Paradise will not be a hall of mirrors, it will be a display of majesty, and it won’t be ours. ~ John Piper.


There are a thousand needs in the world, and none of them compares to the global need for the gospel. ~ John Piper.

Zeal for the glory of God motivates world missions. ~ John Piper.

Christ did not die to make good works merely possible or to produce a half-hearted pursuit. He died to produce in us a passion for good deeds. Christian purity is not the mere avoidance of evil, but the pursuit of good. ~ John Piper.

You can’t praise what you don’t prize. ~ John Piper.


Every experience in life is designed to magnify the cross of Christ. ~ John Piper.

If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full. ~ John Piper.

Humble us, O God, under your mighty hand, and let us rise, not as professionals, but as witnesses and partakers of the sufferings of Christ. ~ John Piper.

If you are sufficient for your task, it’s too small. ~ John Piper.

May we catch enough of a vision of Christ that we will not be satisfied unless we know him more fully. ~ John Piper.


Life is precarious, and life is precious. Don’t presume you will have it tomorrow, and don’t waste it today. ~ John Piper.

Do we eagerly long for the coming of Christ? Or do we want him to wait while our love affair with the world runs its course? That is the question that tests the authenticity of faith. ~ John Piper.

When the heart full of God’s love can draw on the mind full of God’s word, timely blessings flow from the mouth. ~ John Piper.

It is not saving faith to confess Christ as true. Saving faith receives Christ as a Treasure. ~ John Piper.

Don’t be surprised. There is nothing new under the sun. Only endless repackagings. ~ John Piper.

The strength of patience hangs on our capacity to believe that God is up to something good for us in all our delays and detours. ~ John Piper.

If you don’t know God as beautiful and satisfying, you don’t know him. ~ John Piper.


God is not a killjoy; he just opposes what kills joy. ~ John Piper.

If God’s love for his children is to be measured by our health, wealth, and comfort in this life, God hated the apostle Paul. ~ John Piper.

Prayer causes things to happen that wouldn’t happen if you didn’t pray. ~ John Piper.

God is at work in the worst of times. He is at work doing a thousand things no one can see but him. ~ John Piper.

The gospel is the good news that the everlasting and ever-increasing joy of the never-boring, ever-satisfying Christ is ours freely and eternally by faith in the sin-forgiving death and hope-giving resurrection of Jesus Christ. ~ John Piper.

The essence of faith is being satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus. ~ John Piper.

God is infinitely valuable. I can’t think of anything that would have a greater impact on your life than for you to believe that. ~ John Piper.

God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that he really is. This is what it means to be created in the image of God. ~ John Piper.


The great danger of riches is that our affections will be carried away from God to His gifts. ~ John Piper.

The deepest and most enduring happiness is found only in God. Not from God, but in God. ~ John Piper.

If we walk away from risk to keep ourselves safe, we will waste our lives. ~ John Piper.

The gospel is not a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God. ~ John Piper.

Books don’t change people; paragraphs do, Sometimes even sentences. ~ John Piper.

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. ~ John Piper.

I know of no other way to triumph over sin long-term than to gain a distaste for it because of a superior satisfaction in God. ~ John Piper.

Spiritual leadership is knowing where God wants people to be and taking the initiative to get them there by God’s means in reliance on God’s power. ~ John Piper.

Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. ~ John Piper.

Giving is a way of having what you need. ~ John Piper.

God tests His people through hardship. ~ John Piper.

The purpose of the Lord’s Supper is to receive from Christ the nourishment and strength and hope and joy that come from feasting our souls on all that He purchased for us on the cross, especially His own fellowship. ~ John Piper.

Suffering for Jesus is temporary. Pleasure in Jesus is eternal. ~ John Piper.

We make a god out of whatever we find most joy in. So find your joy in God and be done with all idolatry. ~ John Piper.

The cost of food in the kingdom is hunger for the Bread of Life. ~ John Piper.

Go, send, or disobey. ~ John Piper.

Great John Piper Quotes

The call of God does what the call of man cannot. It raises the dead. ~ John Piper.

This is God’s universal purpose for all Christian suffering: more contentment in God and less satisfaction in the world. ~ John Piper.

But whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life. ~ John Piper.

We weren’t meant to be somebody – we were meant to know Somebody. ~ John Piper.

Every good thing in the Christian life grows in the soil of humility. Without humility, every virtue and every grace withers. That’s why Calvin said humility is first, second, and third in the Christian faith. ~ John Piper.

Journaling is a way to be a good steward of the Spirit’s illuminations. ~ John Piper.

One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time. ~ John Piper.

One of the great enemies of hope is forgetting God’s promises. ~ John Piper.

A God-centered theology has to be a missionary theology. ~ John Piper.

Prayer is the open admission that without Christ we can do nothing. And prayer is the turning away from ourselves to God in the confidence that He will provide the help we need. Prayer humbles us as needy, and exalts God as wealthy. ~ John Piper.

Servanthood does not nullify leadership; it defines it. Jesus does not cease to be the Lion of Judah when He becomes the lamblike servant of the church. ~ John Piper.

Our obedience is God’s pleasure when it proves that God is our treasure. ~ John Piper.

Love is the overflow of joy in God that meets the needs of others. ~ John Piper.

Oh, how rare are the Christians who speak with a tender heart and have a theological backbone of steel. ~ John Piper.

Put your ear to the ground of God’s word and listen to the rumble of His faithfulness coming. ~ John Piper.

Christ is glorified in you when he is more precious to you than all that life can give or death can take. ~ John Piper.

We are all starved for the glory of God, not self. No one goes to the Grand Canyon to increase self-esteem. Why do we go? Because there is greater healing for the soul in beholding splendor than there is in beholding self. ~ John Piper.

Thought-Provoking John Piper Quotes

Don’t ever think that the sin of your past means there is no hope for your future. ~ John Piper.

The greatest threat to your ministry, dear brothers, is that you lose your joy in God. ~ John Piper.

One day America and all its presidents will be a footnote in history, but the kingdom of Jesus will never end. ~ John Piper.

The climax of God’s happiness is the delight He takes in the echoes of His excellence in the praises of His people. ~ John Piper.

If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism, but deception. ~ John Piper.

The cross is not a mere event in history; it’s a way of life! Take up your cross DAILY, Jesus said! ~ John Piper.

Seek to see and feel the gospel as bigger as years go by rather than smaller. Never let the gospel get smaller in your heart. ~ John Piper.

Faith begins with a backward look at the cross, but it lives with a forward look at the promises. ~ John Piper.


Sin is what you do when your heart is not satisfied with God. ~ John Piper.

The evil and suffering in this world are greater than any of us can comprehend. But evil and suffering are not ultimate. God is. Satan, the great lover of evil and suffering, is not sovereign. God is. ~ John Piper.

There will be no people in heaven who want to be around their things more than Jesus. ~ John Piper.

So these were the 107 top John Piper quotes and sayings on faith, prayer, worship, life, God and marriage.

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