John Piper

Topics: Jesus, God in Christianity, God Pages: 34 (12359 words) Published: August 26, 2013
sanctification in the everyday
three sermons by John Piper

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Editor’s Preface I Act the Miracle Practical Help for Praying for Help Justified to Break the Power of Sin Appendix: Acronyms for Everyday Notes

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EDITOR’S PREFACE
God is great, God is good, and he can do whatever he wants. This is the starting place for any serious topical focus: to have the view of his greatness before us and to be swallowed up by it. The Lord — the triune God whose essence we can’t divide and whose persons we can’t blend. He is utterly independent, gloriously sovereign, never arbitrary. This is precisely the reason we exist, that we might enjoy him, to his glory. And that’s why sanctification matters. God has designed that the salvation of his people not only involve his unconditional election and Jesus’s redemptive triumph, but also the perfecting work of his Spirit — a work that seeps down into the nitty-gritty of our lives and wields the gospel’s victory one swing at a time. This is high-voltage power we’re talking about. Power that we find in looking back and in looking forward. John Piper writes, “The only sin that we can defeat is a forgiven sin.” A forgiven sin is something we see in light of the cross (past

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event) where Jesus bore the wrath we deserved and kicked the teeth out of our guilt. This fuels the sin-conquering power needed now, in the present. But we also look forward, to the future. The past work of Christ secures the life and joy of our future with Christ. It’s set. Done. And this also fuels the power needed now, in the present. Piper writes, “Sin can’t enslave a person who is utterly confident and sure and hope-filled in the infinite happiness of life with Christ in the future.” In God’s wisdom, he spans every tense: the past work of Jesus outside of us and the future promise of Jesus for us collide in the present to empower our wills to kill sin. To grow in grace. To be sanctified. This e-book includes three sermons by Pastor John Piper that get at the heart of this in such texts as Philippians 2:12–13 and Romans 6:5–10. There is also a more practical appendix of some acronyms that Pastor John has taught over his 30-plus-year preaching ministry. Whether fighting a specific sin or walking by faith amid stressful circumstances, the aim of this e-book is to add to your arsenal for the everyday work of sanctification, for the glory of God. —Jonathan Parnell

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I ACT THE MIRAClE1
The reason for this sermon is to give you a glimpse of how the gospel of Christ relates to the front-burner warfare with sin in our lives. These are some things that I thought about, prayed over, and began to practice during my leave of absence in 2010 and since. Perhaps the best way to start is by giving a summary diagnosis of some of my own most besetting sins. I have fought them,...
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