Monthly Archives: July 2007

Some Favorite John Piper Talks

Periodically, I’ll post some good (and free) resources that I’ve found helpful on the net.

 

Favorite John Piper talks (no particular order):

  • The Whole Glory of God: The Imputation and the Impartation of His Righteousness (Part 1 and Part 2)
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Gospel Implications for Dating, part 6

Sixth, the Gospel reminds us that the ultimate reason that we need to be saved from God’s wrath is because we have placed other realities in our life ahead of Him. In turn, we must continually be smashing the idols in our lives that we place above Christ—including our boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancé, or spouse.

In Romans 3:23 we get a definition of sin: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Basically, sin is the continuing falling short of God’s glory (i.e. God’s goodness and wondrous attributes as it is the majesty, honor, beauty and perfection of who God is).

As John Piper says, “sin is essentially rejection of God and his glory as the supreme value of our lives. Sin considers God and his glory, and instead of loving God’s glory and treasuring God’s glory, sin exchanges God’s glory for something else.” Sin is the exchanging of, and then desecration of, something of infinite value (namely God) to created things that are penultimate and of finite value (i.e. infinitely worthless in comparison to God and His glory. Sin is intensely personal).

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Gospel Implications for Dating, Part 5

Fifth, the Gospel must enable couples to realize that each person is not perfect, as their forgiveness in Christ propels them to forgive each other (Eph. 4:32; Col 3:13). Grudges must never be held. There must be a continual focus on how much we have been forgiven in Christ and in turn must reciprocate to the other person.

As one looks towards marriage, each person needs to early on learn to forgive the other (as much as the other person repents), because a life long covenant will rapidly decay from the inside if the forgiveness of Christ is not centrally practiced.


Gospel Implications for Dating, Part 4

Fourth, the Gospel continues to call us back to repentance and confession of our sins (cf. Ps. 51, 1 John 1:8-9, James 5:16). Mistakes and sin will be inevitable in such a dating relationship. Now egregious sin, in particular sexual, will more often than not call forth the dissolving of the relationship.

But on a more practical, day to day level, couples will sin against God and each other. These sins must be dealt with and repented of on a consistent basis in order to have and maintain a God glorifying relationship.

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Gospel Implications for Dating, Part 3

Third, the Gospel ever points to the fact of our sinfulness and imperfection. We are sinners and therefore proper precautions must be taken in the relationship.

One must never think that they are strong enough (whether emotionally, physically, spiritually, etc. in a given situation) that boundaries and accountability are not needed. Hence, as we continue to understand our sinful nature in light of God’s perfect glory and holiness, we will not be as arrogant to make such foolish assertions.

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Gospel Implications for Dating, Part 2

Second, if true love is to be cultivated eventually within the covenant of marriage, the couple needs to begin to demonstrate the selfless, sacrificial, supernatural and efficacious nature of love—in proper measures.

Thus, selfishness in light of what Christ did for us must continually be eradicated in a dating relationship. Each person must ever be looking to Jesus and the Cross in order to place the other person’s needs and desires above their own. There must be a Christ-like mentality of absorbing more pain then one inflicts in the relationship. One must be thinking of how much one can serve and give to the person for the primary motivation of looking to that person’s highest interest instead of attempting to focus on what one is getting out of the relationship.


Gospel Implications for Dating, Part 1

Here is an excerpt of a paper on dating I recently completed. This particular section is by far the most important concept that I laid forth. I’ll post it in six different posts because of its length.

 

The centrality of the Gospel in a Biblical dating relationship can be demonstrated and practiced in an innumerable ways, as every Christian should be open to every aspect of their lives to increasing exposure and delight of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thus, the following examples should be seen as just a primer, as each couple will have to have the Gospel compel their relationship in hundreds of unique ways that cannot possibly be broached at this time.

1. First, in multiple greetings of Paul’s letters (Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Philippians, etc.) he addresses his audience as “brothers,” which is adelphoi in the Greek. Adelphoi refers to siblings in a family, particularly God’s family. As it says in 1 John 3:1 “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” As Christians we are all now children of God with one Father. “Everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him” (1 John 5:1).

Thus, as the Gospel has brought every Christian into the family of God who were by nature objects of wrath (Eph. 2:3), we all are to treat younger men as brothers and younger women as sisters in all purity (1 Tim. 5:1-2), as singles need to particularly renew and remember such a reality.

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