The Word of God Has Not Failed
Romans 9:1–5, Part 1
May 21, 2015
Romans 9 potentially creates a massive problem for the glorious promises of Romans 8. In this lab, John Piper begins a series through this difficult, but critical chapter by explaining the crisis of unbelieving Israel and the sure hope of the new people of God in the word of God.
Unending Joy and Unceasing Anguish
Romans 9:1–5, Part 2
May 26, 2015
The Christian life is an undeniably hard, yet gloriously satisfying life. How is it that we can be unbelievably heartbroken over the lost in our lives and unshakably happy in the promises of God all at the same time? In this lab, John Piper digs at the root of this emotional mystery.
Chosen by God, Cut Off from Christ
Romans 9:1–5, Part 3
May 28, 2015
The crisis in the first verses of Romans 9 is the unbelief of Israel, God’s chosen people. How can we trust God’s promises to us, if his promises to Israel did not come true? In this lab, John Piper wrestles with the tragedy of Israel turning away from God after everything they have been given.
God’s Promises Never Fail
Jun 2, 2015
God made massive promises to Israel, but much of Israel has rejected the Christ. How, then, can we trust the promises of God to us today? In this lab, John Piper looks at promises God made to Israel in the Old Testament, how they are being fulfilled, and the implications for us.
Jacob I Loved, But Esau I Hated
Romans 9:9–13, Part 1
Jun 4, 2015
In Romans 9, Paul wants to show us why we should believe in God’s unconditional election. Isaac and Ishmael were examples in the previous verses, and now Jacob and Esau are presented as better examples. In this lab, John Piper highlights the similarities and differences between these brothers.
Why God Chooses Whom He Chooses
Romans 9:9–13, Part 2
Jun 9, 2015
God’s electing love is one of the most challenging realities in the Bible. In this lab, John Piper digs down underneath the doctrine of election to try and understand why God chooses who he chooses. How do the true sons and daughters of God become his children?
The Mystery of Election
Romans 9:9–13, Part 3
Jun 11, 2015
What did it mean for God to “love” Jacob and “hate” Esau, even before they were born? How can God elect some and still be good? In this lab, John Piper narrows in on the question of election, and why it’s good news for those who will believe.
Is God Just to Choose Some?
Romans 9:14–18, Part 1
Jun 16, 2015
God’s unconditional election causes many to say that he must be unrighteous. He can’t choose some and not others, and be good and just. In this lab, John Piper begins to address this objection by studying the surface structure of Paul’s argument.
God Acts for the Sake of His Glory
Romans 9:14–18, Part 2
Jun 18, 2015
Many in Paul’s day were accusing God of being unrighteous in electing some and not others. In this lab, John Piper explains what the righteousness of God is, showing his definition from several texts. In doing so, he shows that God indeed does all he does for the glory of his own name.
Saved Not by Human Will or Effort
Romans 9:14–18, Part 3
Jun 23, 2015
If God is as big and sovereign as we have seen so far in Romans 9, that must have implications for us. In this lab, John Piper explores the question of human free will by examining the absolute sovereignty of God. He also points to a concrete example elsewhere in the New Testament.
God Has Mercy on Whom He Wills
Romans 9:14–18, Part 4
Jun 25, 2015
Principle for Bible Reading At this point in Paul’s argument, he introduces Pharaoh and the awful confrontation between God and the Egyptian leader in Exodus. He uses this history to explain God’s absolute freedom in election, and to show how…
God Exalted Him to Crush Him
Romans 9:14–18, Part 5
Jun 30, 2015
Paul defends God’s freedom to mercifully save or righteously harden in Romans 9:14–18. In this lab, John Piper looks at Pharaoh as an example from the Old Testament. Can God be just in hardening Pharaoh? And is mercy or judgment a greater goal in the mind of God?
None Can Resist God
Jul 14, 2015
If God was governing Pharaoh, how could God hold Pharaoh responsible? Isn’t God the guilty one? In this lab, John Piper begins to unfold an answer to one of the Bible’s most difficult questions. If God is sovereign over us, even our sin, why are we held accountable for it?
Who Are You to Question God?
Jul 16, 2015
Certain truths about God in the Bible are confusing and even troubling to some. In this lab, John Piper corrects one way of questioning God, and encourages another. Questions are welcome, even necessary part of the Christian life, but they must be offered to God with the right attitude.
Why Have You Made Me This Way?
Jul 21, 2015
It’s in the nature of us to question our Creator. Why did you make me like this, and not like him or him? Why did you make him like that, and not like me? Why do some believe the good news, and others reject it? In this lab, John Piper explores the relationship between the Potter and his clay.
God Wants to Show His Wrath
Romans 9:22–23, Part 1
Jul 23, 2015
John Piper says, “In all the Bible, there are no more weighty, or ultimate, or difficult words than Romans 9:22–23.” These verse tackle the issues of God’s sovereignty and God’s wrath. How can God judge those whom he has hardened?
The Ultimate Purpose of the Universe
Romans 9:22–23, Part 2
Jul 28, 2015
Why would God prepare some people for wrath and destruction? It’s one of the biggest, weightiest questions in all the Bible. In this lab, John Piper uncovers the purpose above every other purpose in the universe, and points to the role wrath plays in God’s bigger design.
Jonathan Edwards and His Angry God
Romans 9:22–23, Part 3
Jul 30, 2015
If people’s hearts are ultimately governed by God, how can God find fault with their hardness and rejection? In this lab, John Piper looks to Jonathan Edwards to understand why the judgment of God is essential for our fullest knowledge of him, and therefore our fullest enjoyment of him.
The Circumcision of the Heart
Romans 9:24–29, Part 1
Aug 4, 2015
How could God be faithful to his promises if so many in Israel have fallen away, rejected the Messiah, and not been saved? In this lab, John Piper uncovers the next progression in Paul’s argument for God’s trustworthiness: the Gentiles are included as children in God’s invincible plan and promises.
Partakers of God’s Promises
Romans 9:24–29, Part 2
Aug 6, 2015
When did God decide to include the nations in his chosen people? The apostle Paul cites Old Testament passages to show that God always intended to bring Gentiles into his family. In this lab, John Piper explores Paul’s use of the Old Testament to give us outside of Israel hope.
The Great Antidote to Shame
Aug 11, 2015
Has God’s word of promise failed because so many in Israel have failed to believe and receive it? In the last lab in this Romans 9 series, John Piper looks at a second major piece of Paul’s argument for the faithfulness of God. He also summarizes what we’ve learned from the whole chapter.