What Do You Revolve Around?
All the planets of your life—from your labor and leisure to your thinking and feeling—are held in orbit by the greatness, gravity, and blazing brightness of Jesus Christ at the center of your life. When He ceases to be the center, the planets of your life fly into confusion, sending a hundred things out of control. Pastor John Piper’s powerful teaching is recorded during an intimate retreat for youth leaders and students onto three The Blazing Center DVDs. With the study guide, this is an ideal package for adult and youth Sunday school classes, small groups, retreats, classrooms, and families. Discover surprising insights about the reality of sin, how your love for God is really revealed, and how only joy in Him will sustain you through times of suffering.
God Is the Blazing Sun
at the Center of Reality
Everything revolves around Him. And as the most valuable and glorious person who exists, God is loving, not conceited, when he calls us to worship Him. His pursuit of glory and our pursuit of joy are not at odds—because God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.
In these eight 30-minute sessions on three DVDs, John Piper explains from the Bible:
-Why God is so passionate about His glory
-Why our happiness depends on God’s pursuit of His glory
-That God actually commands us to pursue our happiness
-That sin is when we abandon God and pursue our happiness in lesser things
-How our love for God is revealed by our delight in Him, not our labors for Him
-How joy in God overflows in love to meet the needs of others
-How only joy in God can sustain us in times of profound suffering
Recorded in the intimate setting of a retreat for youth leaders and students, these sessions are ideal for use in adult and youth Sunday school classes, small groups, retreats, classrooms, and families. To get the most from this resource, use it along with The Blazing Center Study Guide.
Includes subtitles in English or Spanish!
3 Disc DVD Set Includes:
Session 1 The Blazing Center: A Personal Story
Session 2 The Blazing Center: Is God Vain?
Session 3 Pursue Your Joy: Isn’t That Hedonism?
Session 4 Pursue Your Joy: God Commands It!
Session 5 True Love: Duty or Delight? (Part 1)
Session 6 True Love: Duty or Delight? (Part 2)
Session 7 Suffering: For the Joy Set Before You (Part 1)
Session 8 Suffering: For the Joy Set Before You (Part 2)
Story Behind the Book
“The greatest news in all the world is that there is no final conflict between my passion for joy and God’s passion for His glory. The knot that ties these together is the truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. Jesus Christ died and rose again to forgive the treason of our souls, which have turned from savoring God to savoring self. In the cross of Christ, God rescues us from the house of mirrors and leads us out to the mountains and canyons of His majesty. Nothing satisfies us—or magnifies Him—more.”
About John Piper
JOHN PIPER is founder and teacher of DesiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For thirty-three years he served as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. He is the author of more than fifty books, including the contemporary classic, Desiring God. He and his wife, Noel, have five children and twelve grandchildren.