John Piper – Why do Christians preach and sing?


There is an excellent sermon by John Piper that explains why Christians preach and sing.

Here are some quotables:

  • “There is not another religion or another movement on planet earth that does this—gathers together to hear preaching and respond with singing. Preach and sing. Preach and sing. Muslims don’t do this. Hindus don’t do this. Buddhists don’t do this. Sikhs don’t do this. Judaism doesn’t do this. Confucianism doesn’t do this. When Apple unveils a new image of techno-religion, Tim Cook may preach. But the audience doesn’t sing. Only Christianity does this.”
  • “I don’t like to do things without a reason. I don’t like to do things just because they’ve always been done. I don’t like to do things just because other people are doing them. I don’t like to do things just because they’re fun. I like to do things that make sense in connection with ultimate reality.”
  • “When I think about how very, very short this life is, and how long eternity is with God in everlasting, ever-increasing joy, or without him in everlasting misery, the thought using this life to just do stuff seems to me to be insane.”
  • “Christianity—with its roots in true Old Testament promises—is the only religion in the world that was created by and sustained by news.”
  • “There was a sudden, unstoppable, unilateral thunderclap of divine action in history. And suddenly, as never before, there was news.”
  • “For two thousand years the church has proven over and over again that the truth of Christianity cannot simply be taught, or lectured, or analyzed, or explored, or discussed or debated or shared—it must be heralded. It must be preached.”
  • “All other religions are summed up in this: Do your best for God. Name your prophet, pray your prayers, give your alms, keep your fast, make your pilgrimage. And God may look with favor on you. That is not good news. And it is not true.”
  • “We preach and we sing, we preach and we sing, because the greatest good of the Good News is God’s gift of the beauty of God himself in Jesus Christ.”
  • “The gospel is the good news of the beauty of Christ because Christ is the very image of God. And the gospel is the good news of the beauty of God because God himself shines forth in face of Jesus Christ.”
  • “The deepest problem every human has is that our bentness against God is also a blindness to his glory.”
  • “You are walking miracles of divine illumination. You were blind to the beauty of Christ. And now you see.”
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