The Dangerous Duty of Delight -- Good Questions Bible Study

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9 small group Bible Study Lessons on John Piper's The Dangerous Duty of Delight.

God has put eternity in man’s mind and filled the human heart with longing. But we know not what we long for until we see the breathtaking God. This is the cause of universal restlessness. Hence the famous prayer of Saint Augustine: “You made us for yourself and our hearts find no peace till they rest in you.”
The world has an inconsolable longing. It tries to satisfy the longing with scenic vacations, accomplishments of creativity, stunning cinematic productions, sexual exploits, sports extravaganzas, hallucinogenic drugs, ascetic rigors, managerial excellence, etc. But the longing remains. What does this mean? C. S. Lewis answers:
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
The tragedy of the world is that the echo is mistaken for the Original Shout. When our back is to the breathtaking beauty of God, we cast a shadow on the earth and fall in love with it. But it does not satisfy.

The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them…. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.

I have written this book because the breathtaking Beauty has visited us. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). How can I not cry, Look! Believe! Be satisfied! It may cost you your life to see it. But it will be worth it, because we know on good authority that “The steadfast love of the LORD is better than life” (Psalm 63:3, RSV). Infinite delight is a dangerous duty. But you will not regret the pursuit. I call it Christian Hedonism. -- John Piper, The Dangerous Duty of Delight (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001), 8–9.

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