The Greatest Chapter

Romans 8

Pastor John introduces a new series focused on Romans 8. First, he spends a couple minutes helping you make the most of Look at the Book. Then, he gives you seven reasons why Romans 8 is the greatest chapter in all the Bible.

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Introduction (00:00–01:04)

Make the Most of Look at the Book (01:04–03:14)

  • Think of what John is doing (in Look at the Book) as illustration, not demonstration.
  • Think of what you are doing as adaptation, not replication.

Key Principles (03:14–04:52)

  1. Ask good questions.
  2. Notice the relationships between sentences or phrases.
  3. Consider the meaning of individual words.
  4. See through the details of a passage to the bigger point.

Why ‘The Greatest Chapter’? (04:52–08:14)

  1. There is no chapter that more deeply or fully deals with the brokenness of the physical universe, and how it got that way, and what will become of it .
  2. There is no chapter that expresses with more clarity or power the infallible and unbreakable linkages in our salvation from predestination to glorification.
  3. There is no other chapter that combines the intercession of the Holy Spirit in us, with the intercession of the Son for us, in the service of the never-failing love of God the Father over us.
  4. There is no chapter that more explicitly or repeatedly juxtaposes the necessary horrors of our suffering with the utterly assured grandeur of our glory — that moves with such force through suffering to a crescendo of unshakable hope in the love of God.
  5. There is no chapter that deals more directly and tenderly with our struggle to know that we are the children of God, opening to us the witness of the Holy Spirit.
  6. There is no chapter with a more sustained litany of privileges, securities, and assurances to hold us firmly in the keeping love of God.
  7. There is no chapter in which so many glorious truths are marshaled to help us obey only one implied command: Live by the Spirit, not the flesh, and so fulfill the whole law — that is, love.

Piper’s Prayer (08:14–09:08)

‘The Greatest Chapter’ Series

This lab is part of a series through Romans 8. Taking a verse or two at a time, John Piper unfolds the other-worldly realities in these thirty-nine verses, all along pointing out general, practical principles for understanding and applying the Bible’s meaning. Visit ‘The Greatest Chapter’ series page to see all the labs in this series.