225 Sermons: Romans: The Greatest Letter Ever Written
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.
Grace makes you a debtor, not to God, but to others who need grace.
The gospel elicits shaming behavior in those who will not believe it and it gives freedom from shame to those who do.
How is the wrath of God being revealed in this present age?
The reason the mind evades, distorts, and suppresses the truth of God is mainly because of our moral, not mental, deficiency.
God means for the beauty of worship to be dramatized in the right ordering of our sexual lives.
John Piper offers seven points of counsel to those with homosexual desires, and five to their parents.
Every form of evil ultimately comes from failing to know, approve, and love God above all things.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the perfect and only remedy for what people already know about themselves.
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.
Who are they whose condemnation is just? Those who play games with the Word of God.
What are some implications of the fact that God has founded Christianity on a book that has difficult passages?
Christianity is not a narrow, provincial, or tribal religion. It declares things that have to do with the whole world.
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.
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.
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.
Even though language can sometimes confuse us--like when the same word carries multiple meanings--the Bible is not contradictory.
The way God constituted his people under the old covenant is different than how he does it today.
What does it mean to be an heir of the world?
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.
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.
In this world you will have trouble, but in Christ it will only increase your joy and hope.
The biblical portrait of Jesus must be the essential content of your joy in God.
God's purpose in giving the law was so that, in the end, grace would reign through Christ's righteousness on our behalf.
Believers are commanded to become in practice what we are in Christ: dead to sin and alive to God.
You don't have to give in to temptation in order to know your sin.
The law teaches us that it is God's desires, not our own, that are the measure of right and wrong.
The goal of studying the Bible is primarily to see and know Jesus Christ.
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.
Because of Christ there is no condemnation, only deep transformation.
If you are in Christ, all of God's action toward you is almighty mercy and omnipotent assistance.
The law can't overcome your rebellion and make you a loving person. But the Spirit can.
What are the essential distinctions between true Christians and non-Christians?
The Holy Spirit testifies that we are children of God by creating affections for him within us.
Suffering is a great mercy that keeps us from loving this world more than we should.
What does the Holy Spirit pray for us?
How does the Holy Spirit pray for us?
Three things that love for God is not.
A call to follow Jesus in the risks of love no matter what it costs.
God takes the initiative to cause a person to love him, and he takes the initiative to keep them to the end.
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 always does what is good for us. If you believe that he gave his own Son for you, this is what you believe.
God is the one who justifies, so let us fear the accusation of no one and love the good of all.
How does the promise of Christ's unbreakable love sustain his people when life is hard?
John Piper tells how Romans 9 changed his life and then discusses its overarching theological purpose.
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.
Recognizing Israel's privileges only underlines the tragedy that so many Jews are accursed and cut off from Christ because of unbelief.
Every person who trusts in Christ becomes part of the true Israel of God.
God’s election of the children of promise is what guarantees that his word never fails.
God chooses who will believe and undeservingly be saved, and who will rebel and deservingly perish.
Heaven is where old glories only ripen in memory, and the thrill of new glories breaks upon us every day.
The law teaches two things about obtaining salvation.
Are we teaching the Scriptures to make our children wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ?
No one's obstinance can stop them from being saved, because God can remove the hardness.
God's kindness is what we fly to, and his severity is what we flee from.
What does Scripture say about the Promised Land and Israel's rights to it today?
Do you love the thought that you exist to make God look good?
Of all the things Paul could have chosen as the foundation of your life in Christ, he picks the mercies of God. Why?
We were given bodies to make the glory of God more visible, especially through merciful behavior.
What is the balance between being in the world and yet not of the world?
What is wrong with homosexual marriage? Is it possible to believe this and still love homosexual people?
Any effort to renew our minds must follow the Holy Spirit's initiatives and enablings.
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.
Our true individuality is found only in relationship to the body of Christ.
You can be a liberal hypocrite, and you can be fundamentalist hypocrite. But love is not that way.
There is such a thing as objective good and evil outside ourselves.
Beware of fearing a high price more than the possibility that God could be displeased that you didn't aim at something greater.
If we give ourselves daily to the word of God, our hope and joy will be made unshakably strong—even in suffering.
When it comes to serving Christ, half-heartedness, lukewarmness, laziness, sluggishness, and slothfulness are utterly inappropriate.
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.
If you see and savor mercy in Christ, you will love being merciful.
We can say at least four things about the wrath of God that will fall on human beings at the final judgment.
Believing that God is furious against sin produces a good fear that transforms everything in life.
Does God ever intend for his justice—his right to punish wrong—to be shared with men?
How can a church hold together when some of its members are so different from one another?
There are a hundred things we can disagree on in which both convictions can be done to the glory of God.
Setting apart a day of rest testifies to a self-reliant world that our work does not save or define us, Christ does.
Love your brother and help him get to heaven, instead of judging him and making it harder.
Faith is what really matters in Christian behavior, not just whether you accomplish certain things or abstain from others.
The kingdom produces more than Christian liberty. It governs how you use your liberty too.
What is the pastor's calling? What does this mean for the rest of the church?
In Paul's ministry, signs and wonders functioned to confirm the gospel. Should we be expecting the same miraculous confirmations of our witnessing today?
What is your life's ambition? How can you know if it is holy?
Why did Paul make another trip to Jerusalem when he expressly wanted to visit the saints in Rome?
Christian fellowship cuts our burdens in half and doubles our joy.
What can we learn from how Paul sends his greetings?
Christians are precious to each other when they feel deeply what they have been saved from.
Watch out for smooth-talking pastors, no matter how popular, if they do not manifestly prize the whole counsel of God.
Satan gets one mention in the book of Romans just to remind us: he's doomed.
God uses his gospel to strengthen believers so that they will persevere in faith and draw all attention to his glory.
How does justifying faith manifest itself in the life of a believer?
God is infinitely able to know the best possible outcome of any situation and then achieve it.
What is God's glory, and what is its role throughout the book of Romans?
John Piper preaches a prayer as his final sermon in the book of Romans.