Finding Complete Satisfaction and Joy in God
by: John Piper
In this DVD series, John Piper teaches about Christian hedonism in ten sessions (2 DVDs). Hedonism is the doctrine that pleasure is the chief good; so Christian hedonism would mean that obtaining pleasure through Christ is the ultimate goal for the Christian, and that it is okay to pursue your heart’s desire because if you are in Christ your desires would be of Christ.
I think this is a great message for today because I feel that a lot of Christians are to focused on “doing what’s right” than in pursing what should be their heart’s desire; wanting more of Jesus in their life. When we make this our one main focus then true joy is found no matter what the circumstances we might find ourselves in. Great message…
However, upon viewing the DVD I was a bit disappointed in the sermons presented. Although John Piper continuously referred to the Bible, which was a BIG plus, I felt he often became side tracked from the original thought or message he was trying to support or convey. During these moments I found myself wondering where he was going or what point he was trying to make.
The overall message of the sermon series was good and I liked how he used the overhead to help with the study notes – none were provided with the DVD, but to see him use them helped me to stay focused on the message a bit more than if he was just preaching alone. I just felt some of his message was lost or made a bit confusing by these tendrils of thought.
The DVD had 10 parts to the study and it can be viewed alone or used as a group study. If using for a group, I would recommend the leader view the session first so, if needed, they can edit the session or pull what is needed from the session.
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