In our Bible passage in Romans today: For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4 John Piper says that there are three three truths from Romans 15:4 All the Scriptures are for our instruction. All the Scriptures … More How’s your appetite?
March 23 Romans 15:1-13 (ESV) The Example of Christ 15:1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of … More March 23 Romans 15:1-13
One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Romans 14:2-3 John Piper on Romans 14, “Each One Should Be Fully … More Paul: Get the really big things front and center
March 22 Romans 14 (ESV) Do Not Pass Judgment on One Another 14:1 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not … More March 22 Romans 14
We come to Romans 13 in our read-through-the-Bible plan for today. Here is John Piper on Romans 13: And so the great question that Paul is dealing with now in Romans 12–16 is what does life look like for people who know that by faith alone all their sins are forgiven, and all their condemnation … More Christ will be my focus, love will be my fruit.
March 21 Romans 13 (ESV) Submission to the Authorities 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a … More March 21 Romans 13
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,serve the Lord. —Romans 12:11 John Piper preached a sermon in 2005 entitled, “Boiling for Christ”- When Jonathan Edwards was still a young man he wrote seventy resolutions. I think the sixth resolution captures the meaning of Paul’s words, “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent … More Edwards “Resolved: To live with all my might while I live.”
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. —Romans 12:11 ESV John Piper, in a sermon “Boiling for Christ” Each of these two statements clarifies and protects the other from misunderstanding. “Do not be slothful in zeal”—do not be lazy in zeal—could be taken to mean: be pragmatic. Work, work, … More Piper: Do lots. Feel lots.
March 20 Romans 12:9-21 (ESV) Marks of the True Christian 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,  serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in … More March 20 Romans 12:9-21
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. —Romans 12:2 ESV John Piper’s conclusion to a sermon on Romans 12:1-2, What is the Will of God and How … More Piper: Three Stages of Knowing and Doing the Revealed Will of God