Don't Waste Your Life (Dvd)
This 14 session DVD curriculum is a passionate call for this generation to make their lives count for eternity. John Piper acknowledges the risks for those who seek to accomplish something in life - risks in relationships for the sake...
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This 14 session DVD curriculum is a passionate call for this generation to make their lives count for eternity. John Piper acknowledges the risks for those who seek to accomplish something in life - risks in relationships for the sake of righteousness and authenticity, risks with money for the cause of the gospel, and risks in witnessing to the truth and beauty of Christ. Participants will find their passion for the cross of Christ enlarged.
^In this fourteen-session, triple-DVD set, John Piper instructs conference organizers, small groups, churches, and classes in the essentials of making one's life count for eternity. ^For many people, the ideal life is summed up in the American dream: College. Job. Marriage. House. Kids. Comfortable income. Cushy retirement. But God has designed us for far more than this. Rather than wasting life on lesser pursuits, the members of a conference event, church, ministry, or small group can, with this high-impact resource, awaken to the soul-saving reality that "to live is Christ, and to die is gain." ^Each component of this triple-DVD set features John Piper speaking directly to viewers: ^- Disc 1: Book Study Edition DVD with ten 15-minute teaching sessions; ^- Discs 2-3: Don't Waste Your Life Conference Edition DVDs with four new, hour-long messages. ^The Conference Edition discs allow organizers to conduct their own Don't Waste Your Life event or class, while the Book Study
A key component of the Don't Waste Your Life Group Study Kit, this ten-session DVD features the teaching of Pastor John Piper to assist small groups and classes in maximizing Piper's critical and timely message.
John Stephen Piper was born 11 January 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper. The Pipers soon moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. His father was an itinerant evangelist who also ministered through international radio and Bible courses. John has written a tribute to his mother, who died in 1974, in the booklet, What's the Difference (Crossway Books, 1990) which is also chapter one of the book, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Crossway Books, 1991).
At Wheaton College (1964-68), John majored in Literature and minored in Philosophy. Studying Romantic Literature with Clyde Kilby stimulated the poetic side of his nature and today he regularly writes poems to celebrate special family occasions and rich, biblical truths. At Wheaton John also met Noel Henry whom he married in 1968.
Following college, John completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (1968-71). While at Fuller, John discovered the writings of Jonathan Edwards.
John did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, Munich, West Germany (1971-74). His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House (and is now available through Crossway). Upon completion of his doctorate, he went on to teach Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota for six years (1974-80).
In 1980, sensing an irresistible call to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for 33 years, until 2013. Together with his people, John was dedicated to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ - a mission he continues now for the wider church through the ministry of desiringGod.org. John says of his ministry:
"The ministry of preaching is the central labor of my life. My prayer is that through that ministry and everything else I do the great glory of our God and Savior Jesus Christ would be magnified as more and more people come to live out the obedience of faith more and more deeply."
John is the author of over 50 books and now frequently travels to speak, and writes regularly, through Desiring God.
John and Noel have four sons, a daughter, and twelve grandchildren.