Technology has changed the way that we live as Christians, and it continually surprises me how technology evolves, particularly how we interact with sermons. In just the past few years, it has gone from a person being able to throw tapes or CDs into their car all the way to having instant access to every sermon a pastor has ever preached on your phone.
Since high school, I have enjoyed listening to sermons while I work around the house, workout or drive. It has been a significant source of encouragement and edification, which is why I was so excited last week when Desiring God introduced their new app.
This application gives instant access to all of John Piper’s sermons and Desiring God conferences. Already this week, I have listened to Piper’s biographies of John Owen and JC Ryle. Both have encouraged me and motivated me to excellence and faithfulness in ministry.
Piper had and currently has a profound affect on my ministry. I was privileged to attend his church for a short stint in college. His unbroken note that trumpets the sovereignty of God and our delight in Him changed the way I viewed every facet of my Christian life in college. And his emphasis on Jonathan Edwards and church leaders through history deepened my reading of the great theologians. So, having instant access to everything he has every preached is a great personal blessing to me.
Ministries like Desiring God are rich resources for every believer but especially for pastors. They are usually the one’s behind the pulpit and not soaking in truths from other godly and gifted preachers on a weekly basis. Here are ten reasons that I came up with for why pastors should download the Desiring God app and sermons in general:
1) It increases your love for God’s Word.
2) It gives you opportunity to delight in Christ and be encouraged by other preachers that likewise delight in Him.
3) It stirs your affections towards heavenly things.
4) It encourages you that there are other faithful pastors.
6) It humbles and reminds you of the nature of preaching.
7) It motivates you to excellence and faithfulness.
8 ) It allows the Spirit and the Word to minister to your soul in a different way than when you preach.
9) It broadens the scope of what you are learning on a week to week basis.
10) It makes you a better preacher.