John Piper – If I Could Start Over Again: Six lessons for Your Twenties

In this post, I have shared my personal notes and jottings from listening to John Piper’s message with the above title.

1. Marry a radical risk-taking-go-anywhere-with-Jesus woman;

2. Take your partner to a bible believing church every Sunday and be in service;

3. Go to the Seminary. Use between 3-4 years learning about Hebrew/Greek on discovery of the glories of Christ.

Lessons to you:
– Become as Bible-saturated as you can
– Put yourself under the influence of a Bible-believing teacher; dead/alive

4. Resolve to read my Bible everyday as more important as eating/kissing my wife/doing exercise not settling for some hazy understand of the text itself.

Lessons to you:
– Push through the intention of the writers to the reality of the text itself.
– Read the Bible because of the encounter you expect

5. Become a Christian hedonist.

Lessons to you:
– Seek to find more joy in God than anything else in the world.
– Being satisfied in God…savouring the sweetness in the Bible.
– Putting to death every pride, fear and seek to kill the sins in me.
– Unless they die, you will be dogged by the fruitlessness sins brings from 22 to 70 years.
– Don’t aim for pleasures …recognize you are not your own.

6. Memorise psalm 25…

Lessons to you:
– Trust the amazing promises of guidance therein…
– You will be for God anything He chooses.
– Give yourself wholly up to God and trust Him!

Psalm 25
1 To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, I trust in You;
Let me not be ashamed;
Let not my enemies triumph over me.
3 Indeed, let no one who [a]waits on You be ashamed;
Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.
4 Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.
6 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;
According to Your mercy remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.
9 The humble He guides in justice,
And the humble He teaches His way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth,
To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For Your name’s sake, O Lord,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
12 Who is the man that fears the Lord?
Him shall [b]He teach in the way He chooses.
13 He himself shall dwell in [c]prosperity,
And his descendants shall inherit the earth.
14 The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
For He shall [d]pluck my feet out of the net.
16 Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me,
For I am [e]desolate and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart have enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses!
18 Look on my affliction and my pain,
And forgive all my sins.
19 Consider my enemies, for they are many;
And they hate me with [f]cruel hatred.
20 Keep my soul, and deliver me;
Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
For I wait for You.
22 Redeem Israel, O God,
Out of all their troubles!

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