In a recent post on his website, John Piper shares his answer to a tough question about our motivation for studying the Scriptures. Is it for our own authentic, personal enjoyment or are we studying with the sole motive of sharing with others? Piper wisely responds to the question, first stressing the importance of an authentic communion with God, then highlighting the dangers of the impulse to make a discovery and share it for our own glory. The impulse to share may reveal that we are more concerned with making a discovery that we can share with others than we are with intimately communing with the Lord, Piper suggests. Though there are dangers in the driving desire to share what we study, there are also benefits, such as the desire to find words to bring greater clarity to the first-blush impression of the Word. “Authentic teaching should be merely the extension of the enjoyment we find in communion with God,” Piper emphasizes in this interview. He concludes with some practical steps of how we, as leaders, can minimize the dangers and maximize the benefits of sharing the Word of God with others.
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