Theologian and retired pastor, John Piper, is perhaps the best known and most influential contemporary figure in the realm of Reformed Christianity. Very few pastors or Christian professors of any persuasion have had the kind of diverse reach as seen in Piper’s career and calling. Millions of Christians have benefitted from his sermons, classroom instruction, books, and personal ministry.
Influence on Piper’s life began in his home in Greenville, South Carolina, where his father served as an itinerant evangelist reaching tens of thousands through preaching, radio, and correspondence Bible courses. Not only did Piper gain an appreciation of Christian values at an early age, he also learned how to communicate these values and the message of the Gospel from his father.
Piper’s Christian home environment and example of his father sparked a fire in his heart to study the Bible at an academic level, but not one divorced from his faith. Even now when reading his sermons and books, one can see the well-rounded approach of Piper’s exegesis, owing no doubt to his undergrad degree in Literature and Philosophy from Wheaton. Afterwards, Piper completed a Divinity degree at Fuller and a doctorate in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich.
With his formal academic preparation behind him, John Piper naturally felt the desire to teach, and he became an increasingly popular professor of Biblical Studies at Bethel College where he taught for six years. Despite his academic background and success in the classroom, Piper’s sensitivity to God’s calling in his life made him realize that he was not destined to spend his entire vocational life in a lecture hall.
God had called Piper to preach the Gospel. In this phase of Piper’s life, God used him mightily and gave him influence not just in Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, where he served for over three decades, but to an audience of millions around the globe. Piper preached his last sermon at Bethlehem Baptist in 2013, but he continues to write, speak, and invest in the lives of young pastors.
As well known as John Piper is, he has remained humble about his accomplishments. He always admonishes his hearers to point to God’s glory instead of themselves in any area of Christian service.
The John Piper Sermon Manuscript Library presents 1,300 sermon manuscripts preached over more than 30 years, from 1980 into 2010.
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Christmas is a season of story, song, artistry, and devotion. At its heart is the story of Jesus' birth, narrated in the Gospels and linked with a rich web of Old Testament prophecies and later New Testament reflections. Over the centuries, Christian preachers, poets, storytellers, and artists have reflected on the significance of the Christmas story in their own way, so that a rich body of Christmas literature and art now exists. We're excited to bring some of the best of that material together in a new Accordance module of Christmas Classics.
Christmas Classics begins with the Christmas story itself by providing Scripture readings for each day of Advent. These are followed by a selection of Christmas sermons by great preachers like Leo the Great, Martin Luther, George Whitefield, and Charles Spurgeon. Those who own John Piper's Sermon Manuscript Library can also follow links to his various Christmas sermons.
The next two sections include Christmas Carols and Christmas Poetry. The Carols section includes the lyrics to each carol along with a link to the iTunes store. Looking for just the right version of Silent Night to play this Christmas? Just click the link to sample recordings by Faith Hill, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Ray Coniff, even Willie Nelson!
The next section of Christmas Classics is called "Stories and Legends." It includes richly illustrated versions of Clement Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl, and O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi. You'll also find the famous newspaper column, "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus."
The final section of Christmas Classics contains images of the birth of Jesus by great artists like Rembrandt, Rubens, and Doré, along with an index to the illustrations from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, A Christmas Carol, and The Gift of the Magi. If you're looking for the right image to include in a Keynote slide show or Christmas letter, Christmas Classics is a rich source to mine.
In addition to mining this module for images, you can also use Accordance's search capabilities to find quotations and excerpts with which to illustrate your own sermons and lessons. Search for a word or phrase like "peace on earth" or "Christ is born," and you may find a useful illustration from a lesser known verse of a carol or a bit of dialogue in the middle of a story.
This treasure trove of Christmas literature and art is on sale through December 24 for just ten dollars—a savings of 66% off the list price. Best of all, you can download and install Christmas Classics right away through Easy Install.