225 Sermons: Romans: The Greatest Letter Ever Written

The Treasure of Faith in the Life of the Church

Romans 1:8-15

by John Piper

The great aim of our ministry should be the same as Paul's: to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of God's glory.

The Gospel in the Church for the Obedience of Faith through Spiritual Gifts

Romans 1:8-15

by John Piper

Grace makes you a debtor, not to God, but to others who need grace.

Not Ashamed of the Gospel

Romans 1:16

by John Piper

The gospel elicits shaming behavior in those who will not believe it and it gives freedom from shame to those who do.

The Wrath of God Against Ungodliness and Unrighteousness

Romans 1:18

by John Piper

How is the wrath of God being revealed in this present age?

The Wrath of God Against Holding Down the Truth

Romans 1:18

by John Piper

The reason the mind evades, distorts, and suppresses the truth of God is mainly because of our moral, not mental, deficiency.

The First Dark Exchange: Idolatry

Romans 1:21-23

by John Piper

The Other Dark Exchange: Homosexuality, Part 1

Romans 1:24-28

by John Piper

God means for the beauty of worship to be dramatized in the right ordering of our sexual lives.

The Other Dark Exchange: Homosexuality, Part 2

Romans 1:24-28

by John Piper

John Piper offers seven points of counsel to those with homosexual desires, and five to their parents.

The Perils of Disapproving God

Romans 1:28-32

by John Piper

Every form of evil ultimately comes from failing to know, approve, and love God above all things.

Doing and Endorsing Evil

Romans 1:28-32

by John Piper

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the perfect and only remedy for what people already know about themselves.

God's Response to Hypocrisy: Kindness and Judgment

Romans 2:1-5

by John Piper

God's justice does not demand that he punish us for our sins immediately. His kindness leads him to forbear and to be patient with us, to a point.

There Is No Partiality With God, Part 1

Romans 2:11-16

by John Piper

There Is No Partiality With God, Part 2

Romans 2:11-16

by John Piper

Who is a True Jew? Part 1

Romans 2:25-29

by John Piper

Who is a True Jew? Part 2

Romans 2:25-29

by John Piper

Let God Be True Though Every Man a Liar

Romans 3:1-8

by John Piper

Who are they whose condemnation is just? Those who play games with the Word of God.

Why God Inspired Hard Texts

Romans 3:1-8

by John Piper

What are some implications of the fact that God has founded Christianity on a book that has difficult passages?

All Jews and Gentiles Are Under Sin

Romans 3:9-18

by John Piper

Mouths Closed and All the World Accountable to God

Palm Sunday

Romans 3:19-20

by John Piper

Christianity is not a narrow, provincial, or tribal religion. It declares things that have to do with the whole world.

Justification by Faith Is the End of Boasting

Romans 3:27-31

by John Piper

Boasting matters to Paul because it is the outward form of the inward moral corruption that lies behind all the evils and miseries of the world.

Justification by Faith Establishes the Law

Romans 3:27-31

by John Piper

The moral law in the Old Testament is not a ladder for climbing, but a track for riding in the power of the Holy Spirit.

One God and One Salvation for All the Nations

Romans 3:29-30

by John Piper

God is one, and everyone he justifies is justified in the same way. Therefore he is God not only over the Jews but over all peoples.

Does James Contradict Paul?

James 2:14-26

by John Piper

Even though language can sometimes confuse us--like when the same word carries multiple meanings--the Bible is not contradictory.

How Do Circumcision and Baptism Correspond?

Romans 4:9-12

by John Piper

The way God constituted his people under the old covenant is different than how he does it today.

The Children of Abraham Are Heirs of the World

Romans 4:13-15

by John Piper

What does it mean to be an heir of the world?

The Faith - Grace - Certainty Connection

Romans 4:16-21

by John Piper

Your faith is called into being out of nothing. That is the meaning of grace and the reason why God can guarantee his promises to you.

The Purpose and Perseverance of Faith

Romans 4:22-25

by John Piper

Let Us Exult in the Hope of the Glory of God!

Romans 5:1-2

by John Piper

Whatever else you do or say or feel, of this you can be certain: God wills that you rejoice in the hope of seeing his glory.

We Exult in Our Tribulations

Romans 5:1-5

by John Piper

In this world you will have trouble, but in Christ it will only increase your joy and hope.

God Demonstrates His Love Toward Us

Romans 5:5-8

by John Piper

Much More Shall We Be Saved By His Life

Romans 5:9-11

by John Piper

We Exult in God Through Our Lord Jesus Christ

Romans 5:9-11

by John Piper

The biblical portrait of Jesus must be the essential content of your joy in God.

Twenty Years, Then Romans

Romans 5:12-21

by John Piper

The Triumph of Grace through Righteousness

Romans 5:20-21

by John Piper

God's purpose in giving the law was so that, in the end, grace would reign through Christ's righteousness on our behalf.

Are We to Continue in Sin That Grace Might Increase?

Romans 6:1-14

by John Piper

Believers are commanded to become in practice what we are in Christ: dead to sin and alive to God.

Justified to Break the Power of Sin

Romans 6:5-10

by John Piper

The Importance of Knowing Our Sin

Romans 7:7-12

by John Piper

You don't have to give in to temptation in order to know your sin.

How We Come to Know Sin

Romans 7:7-12

by John Piper

The law teaches us that it is God's desires, not our own, that are the measure of right and wrong.

Jesus Christ and the Law of God

Education for Exultation

Romans 7:4-12

by John Piper

The goal of studying the Bible is primarily to see and know Jesus Christ.

The Deadly Team of Sin and Law

Romans 7:7-13

by John Piper

Sin fools us in two ways: it makes us hopeless of ever being righteous or it persuades us that we can do it on our own.

Who Is This Divided Man? Part 1

Romans 7:14-25

by John Piper

Who Is This Divided Man? Part 2

Romans 7:14-25

by John Piper

Who Is This Divided Man? Part 3

Romans 7:14-25

by John Piper

Who Is This Divided Man? Part 4

Romans 7:14-25

by John Piper

Who Is This Divided Man? Part 5

Romans 7:14-25

by John Piper

Who Is This Divided Man? Part 6

Romans 7:14-25

by John Piper

The Greatest Thing in the World: An Overview of Romans 1–7

Romans 1:1 - 7:25

by John Piper

Because of Christ there is no condemnation, only deep transformation.

No Condemnation in Christ Jesus, Part 2

Romans 8:1-4

by John Piper

If you are in Christ, all of God's action toward you is almighty mercy and omnipotent assistance.

How the Spirit Does What the Law Could Not Do

Romans 8:3-9

by John Piper

The law can't overcome your rebellion and make you a loving person. But the Spirit can.

Christian, Know Whose You Are

You Have the Spirit of Christ

Romans 8:7-11

by John Piper

What are the essential distinctions between true Christians and non-Christians?

How to Kill Sin, Part 1

Romans 8:10-17

by John Piper

How to Kill Sin, Part 2

Romans 8:10-17

by John Piper

How to Kill Sin, Part 3

Romans 8:10-17

by John Piper

The Spirit-Led Are the Sons of God

Romans 8:13-17

by John Piper

The Holy Spirit testifies that we are children of God by creating affections for him within us.

Children, Heirs, and Fellow Sufferers

Romans 8:14-18

by John Piper

Suffering is a great mercy that keeps us from loving this world more than we should.

The Spirit Helps Us in Our Weakness, Part 1

Romans 8:25-27

by John Piper

What does the Holy Spirit pray for us?

The Spirit Helps Us in Our Weakness, Part 2

Romans 8:25-27

by John Piper

How does the Holy Spirit pray for us?

All Things for Good, Part 1

Romans 8:28-32

by John Piper

Three things that love for God is not.

All Things for Good, Part 2

Romans 8:28-32

by John Piper

A call to follow Jesus in the risks of love no matter what it costs.

All Things for Good, Part 3

Romans 8:28-32

by John Piper

God takes the initiative to cause a person to love him, and he takes the initiative to keep them to the end.

Glorification: Conformed to Christ for the Supremacy of Christ

Romans 8:28-30

by John Piper

God's work to save and sanctify you is not so that you can enjoy yourself more. It's so that you might be free and fit to enjoy Christ forever.

God Did Not Spare His Own Son

Romans 8:28-32

by John Piper

God always does what is good for us. If you believe that he gave his own Son for you, this is what you believe.

It Is God Who Justifies!

Romans 8:31-37

by John Piper

God is the one who justifies, so let us fear the accusation of no one and love the good of all.

The All-Conquering Love of Christ

Romans 8:31-37

by John Piper

Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of Christ

Romans 8:35-39

by John Piper

How does the promise of Christ's unbreakable love sustain his people when life is hard?

The Mighty and Merciful Message of Romans 1-8

Romans 1:1 - 8:39

by John Piper

The Absolute Sovereignty of God: What Is Romans Nine About?

Romans 9:1-5

by John Piper

John Piper tells how Romans 9 changed his life and then discusses its overarching theological purpose.

My Anguish: My Kinsmen Are Accursed

Romans 9:1-5

by John Piper

Don’t think that God's sovereignty nullifies the need to pray for a sinner's salvation. Rather, see it as the ground for praying with hope.

How Great Is the Honor of Israel?

Romans 9:1-5

by John Piper

Recognizing Israel's privileges only underlines the tragedy that so many Jews are accursed and cut off from Christ because of unbelief.

God's Word Stands: Not All Israel Is Israel, Part 1

Romans 9:6-12

by John Piper

Every person who trusts in Christ becomes part of the true Israel of God.

God's Word Stands: Not All Israel Is Israel, Part 2

Romans 9:6-13

by John Piper

God’s election of the children of promise is what guarantees that his word never fails.

The Fame of His Name and the Freedom of Mercy

Romans 9:14-18

by John Piper

God chooses who will believe and undeservingly be saved, and who will rebel and deservingly perish.

God's Ultimate Purpose: Vessels of Mercy Knowing the Riches of His Glory

Romans 9:23-24

by John Piper

Heaven is where old glories only ripen in memory, and the thrill of new glories breaks upon us every day.

The Gentiles Are Included

Romans 9:24-29

by John Piper

The Gentiles Have Obtained Righteousness by Faith

Romans 9:30-33

by John Piper

The law teaches two things about obtaining salvation.

How to Submit to the Righteousness of God

Mother's Day

Romans 10:1-4

by John Piper

Are we teaching the Scriptures to make our children wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ?

How Shall People Be Saved? Part 1

Romans 10:13-21

by John Piper

How Shall People Be Saved? Part 2

Romans 10:13-21

by John Piper

Has God Rejected His People? Part 1

Romans 11:1-6

by John Piper

Has God Rejected His People? Part 2

Romans 11:1-6

by John Piper

For God's Sake, Let Grace Be Grace!

Romans 11:1-10

by John Piper

No one's obstinance can stop them from being saved, because God can remove the hardness.

If the Root Is Holy, the Branches Are Holy

Romans 11:13-24

by John Piper

Continue in the Kindness of God

Romans 11:17-22

by John Piper

Look at the Kindness and the Severity of God

Romans 11:17-24

by John Piper

God's kindness is what we fly to, and his severity is what we flee from.

All Israel Will Be Saved

Romans 11:22-29

by John Piper

Israel, Palestine and the Middle East

Romans 11:25-32

by John Piper

What does Scripture say about the Promised Land and Israel's rights to it today?

All Things Are from God, Through God, and to God. The Glory Is All His

Romans 11:33-36

by John Piper

Do you love the thought that you exist to make God look good?

Build Your Life on the Mercies of God

Romans 12:1-2

by John Piper

Of all the things Paul could have chosen as the foundation of your life in Christ, he picks the mercies of God. Why?

Present Your Bodies As a Living Sacrifice to God

Romans 12:1-2

by John Piper

We were given bodies to make the glory of God more visible, especially through merciful behavior.

Do Not Be Conformed to This World

The Indigenous and Pilgrim Principle of Christian Living

Romans 12:1-2

by John Piper

What is the balance between being in the world and yet not of the world?

Discerning the Will of God Concerning Homosexuality and Marriage

Romans 12:1-2

by John Piper

What is wrong with homosexual marriage? Is it possible to believe this and still love homosexual people?

The Renewed Mind and How to Have It

Romans 12:1-2

by John Piper

Any effort to renew our minds must follow the Holy Spirit's initiatives and enablings.

What Is the Will of God and How Do We Know It?

Romans 12:1-2

by John Piper

Paul doesn't want us to try ferreting out the secret will of God that he plans to do, but discern the revealed will of God that we ought to do.

We, Though Many, Are One Body in Christ

Romans 12:1-8

by John Piper

Our true individuality is found only in relationship to the body of Christ.

Let Love Be Genuine

Romans 12:9

by John Piper

You can be a liberal hypocrite, and you can be fundamentalist hypocrite. But love is not that way.

Abhor What Is Evil; Hold Fast to What Is Good

Romans 12:9

by John Piper

There is such a thing as objective good and evil outside ourselves.

Treasuring Christ Together: The Vision and Its Cost

by John Piper

Beware of fearing a high price more than the possibility that God could be displeased that you didn't aim at something greater.

Be Constant in Prayer for the Joy of Hope

Romans 12:12 and Ephesians 1:15-23

by John Piper

Use the Inspired Scriptures to Rejoice in Hope

Romans 15:1-4

by John Piper

If we give ourselves daily to the word of God, our hope and joy will be made unshakably strong—even in suffering.

Boiling for Christ

Romans 12:11

by John Piper

When it comes to serving Christ, half-heartedness, lukewarmness, laziness, sluggishness, and slothfulness are utterly inappropriate.

Lavish Giving, Loving Guests, Living Christ

Romans 12:13

by John Piper

Christ’s promise to meet all of our needs is what frees us from fear and greed and enables us to joyfully share with others.

Bless Those Who Persecute You

Romans 12:14-21

by John Piper

If you see and savor mercy in Christ, you will love being merciful.

Live Peaceably with All, If Possible

Romans 12:14-18

by John Piper

God's Wrath: "Vengeance Is Mine, I Will Repay," Says the Lord

Romans 12:19-21

by John Piper

We can say at least four things about the wrath of God that will fall on human beings at the final judgment.

The Present Effects of Trembling at the Wrath of God

Romans 12:19

by John Piper

Believing that God is furious against sin produces a good fear that transforms everything in life.

When Is It Right to Repay Evil with Pain?

Romans 12:9-21

by John Piper

Does God ever intend for his justice—his right to punish wrong—to be shared with men?

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, Part 1

Romans 13:11-14

by John Piper

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, Part 2

Romans 13:11-14

by John Piper

How to Welcome a Weak Brother

Romans 14:1-6

by John Piper

How can a church hold together when some of its members are so different from one another?

Each One Should Be Fully Convinced in His Own Mind

Romans 14:1-9

by John Piper

There are a hundred things we can disagree on in which both convictions can be done to the glory of God.

Is There a “Lord’s Day”?

Romans 14:1-9

by John Piper

Setting apart a day of rest testifies to a self-reliant world that our work does not save or define us, Christ does.

We Will All Stand Before the Judgment of God

Romans 14:10-13

by John Piper

Love your brother and help him get to heaven, instead of judging him and making it harder.

Do Not Destroy the Work of God

Romans 14:14-23

by John Piper

Faith is what really matters in Christian behavior, not just whether you accomplish certain things or abstain from others.

The Kingdom of God is Righteousness and Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit

Romans 14:16-19

by John Piper

The kingdom produces more than Christian liberty. It governs how you use your liberty too.

Welcome One Another to the Glory of God

Romans 15:1-7

by John Piper

Gentiles Rejoice in the Root of Jesse

Romans 15:7-13

by John Piper

A Pastor's Offering to God of Holy People

Romans 15:14-21

by John Piper

What is the pastor's calling? What does this mean for the rest of the church?

By Signs and Wonders: Where Christ Has Not Been Named

Romans 15:14-21

by John Piper

In Paul's ministry, signs and wonders functioned to confirm the gospel. Should we be expecting the same miraculous confirmations of our witnessing today?

Holy Ambition: to Preach Where Christ Has Not Been Named

Romans 15:18-24

by John Piper

What is your life's ambition? How can you know if it is holy?

Joy+Debt = A Two-Thousand-Mile Detour to Jerusalem

Romans 15:20-28

by John Piper

Why did Paul make another trip to Jerusalem when he expressly wanted to visit the saints in Rome?

Resting and Wrestling for the Cause of Christ—Together

Romans 15:28-33

by John Piper

Christian fellowship cuts our burdens in half and doubles our joy.

Commending and Welcoming Radical Risk-Takers for Christ

Romans 16:1-7

by John Piper

What can we learn from how Paul sends his greetings?

Carry My Love to My Beloved

Romans 16:5-16

by John Piper

Christians are precious to each other when they feel deeply what they have been saved from.

Watch Out for Those Who Lead You Away from the Truth

Romans 16:17-20

by John Piper

Watch out for smooth-talking pastors, no matter how popular, if they do not manifestly prize the whole counsel of God.

The God of Peace Will Soon Crush Satan Under Your Feet

Romans 16:17-20

by John Piper

Satan gets one mention in the book of Romans just to remind us: he's doomed.

Thank God for an Inspired Bible

Romans 16:21-23

by John Piper

God Strengthens Us by the Gospel

Romans 16:25-27

by John Piper

God uses his gospel to strengthen believers so that they will persevere in faith and draw all attention to his glory.

Command of God: the Obedience of Faith

Romans 16:25-27

by John Piper

How does justifying faith manifest itself in the life of a believer?

The Great Work of the Only Wise God

Romans 16:25-27

by John Piper

God is infinitely able to know the best possible outcome of any situation and then achieve it.

To Him Be Glory Forevermore

Romans 16:25-27

by John Piper

What is God's glory, and what is its role throughout the book of Romans?

Jesus Christ in the Book of Romans

A Final Prayer

Romans 16:27

by John Piper

John Piper preaches a prayer as his final sermon in the book of Romans.