Lately, the College of Theology had the honor and pleasure to host recognized author John Piper. Piper spoke in the GCU Arena on October 28 and 29 for a particular two-component occasion. His messages have been difficult and insightful, but he spoke from a location of humility, authority and wisdom, and strongly challenged his listeners to respond in connection with the Lord.
The 1st evening of this occasion started with students, parents, professors and the neighborhood streaming in for a time of worship led by some of GCU’s incredibly personal students. This time was followed by a quick video clip of a message Piper taught to more than 30,000 college students back in 2000. Immediately after the video, Piper chuckled a bit, since in the course of that message he had believed to himself, “I am old adequate to be your dad.” Now, searching out more than the GCU Arena 20 years later, he smiled and mentioned, “I am old adequate to be your grandfather.” With that, the energy of his message and conviction have not changed at all!
Piper opened with a clear intent, “I would like to persuade you or at least open you to the truth that it is superior to shed your life than to waste it.” Functioning via Acts 20, Piper challenged absolutely everyone not to acquire the American dream. He demonstrated via the Word that the Christian life is not moving towards an finish, but rather an ever brighter noon day sun. “My objective in life is not to remain alive, but rather to remain on course!” Piper explained.
In a equivalent style, the subsequent morning was set into motion as students, professors and the neighborhood assembled with each other in the Arena to share in worship ahead of diving into the Bible once more. As Piper opened, he explained that the “chief finish of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.” With his message on how to naturally study the Bible supernaturally, Piper demonstrated how to comprehend the glory of God and its foundation as our information of God, or as he puts it, “Glory and certainty that the Bible is the Word of God.”
Following this message, Piper shared a workshop of how to dissect and understand from God’s Word, focusing especially on two Timothy two:1-7 and Paul’s message to Timothy. He closed with a time referred to as “Ask Pastor John,” exactly where he answered student queries on subjects like how to pick out a main, what to do with persecution as a speaker in a contemporary globe and how to want reading the Word faithfully.
Via the weekend, Piper’s teaching was authoritative, resourceful and fluid. He regularly tied with each other the 1st night’s message of how not to waste your life with the following morning’s message on realizing the glory of God with certainty.
Watch a quick recap of these teachings right here:
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Written by Breanna Alverson, a senior earning a company administration degree at GCU.