Look At The Book

DG’s LAB Project – May to Aug 2015

There’s no book like the Bible. Learn to read it for yourself.

Dr. John PiperIt’s worth repeating over and over. At Desiring God they have continued to grow their LAB studies. As we’ve mentioned previously “Look at the Book” is a new online method of teaching the Bible. It’s an ongoing series of 8–12 minute videos in which the camera is on the text, not the teacher. You will hear John Piper’s voice and watch his pen underline, circle, make connections, and scribble notes — all to help you learn to read God’s word for yourself. His goal is to help you not only see what he sees, but where he sees it and how he found it. Follow this link for our original list.

John Piper says:

“I have a new and focused passion to help people really see the riches of God’s word for themselves, and that has new and exciting implications for me and for the ministry of Desiring God. Our main aim will be to create habits of mind and ways of seeing the Bible that help you find the riches of Scripture for yourselves. We really believe that serious Christians can see more wonders in God’s word than they ever thought they could. Look at the Book is our effort to bring that belief to life for you.”

All of the following content opens to the pages of Desiring God where the LAB studies are hosted.

Psalm 147:10–11: What Will Please God?
August 13, 2015 by John Piper

What kind of heart and faith pleases God? In this lab, John Piper looks at several texts to try and understand what it means for us to fear God. How can we be terrified of God and still find hope in him at the same time?

Romans 9:30–33: The Great Antidote to Shame
August 11, 2015 by John Piper

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.

Romans 9:24–29, Part 2: Partakers of God’s Promises
August 6, 2015 by John Piper

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.

Romans 9:24–29, Part 1: The Circumcision of the Heart
August 4, 2015 by John Piper

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.

Romans 9:22–23, Part 3: Jonathan Edwards and His Angry God
July 30, 2015 by John Piper

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.

Romans 9:22–23, Part 2: The Ultimate Purpose of the Universe
July 28, 2015 by John Piper

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.

Romans 9:22–23, Part 1: God Wants to Show His Wrath
July 23, 2015 by John Piper

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?

Romans 9:20–21: Why Have You Made Me This Way?
July 21, 2015 by John Piper

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.

Romans 9:20: Who Are You to Question God?
July 16, 2015 by John Piper

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.

Romans 9:19: None Can Resist God
July 14, 2015 by John Piper

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?

John 15:12–15, Part 3: We Are Friends, Not Slaves
July 9, 2015 by John Piper

If you believe in, follow, and treasure Jesus Christ, he calls you his friend. Last time, we asked how we know if we are his friends. In this lab, John Piper reveals five one-sided ways Jesus befriends and loves us that we could never reciprocate.

John 15:12–15, Part 2: Are You a Friend of Jesus?
July 7, 2015 by John Piper

Are you a friend of Jesus? How do you know? In this lab, John Piper looks again at John 15 to see what kind of confidence we can have that Jesus loves us and died for our sins. He looks closely at one two-letter word that makes all the difference.

John 15:12–15, Part 1: Love Lays Down His Life
July 2, 2015 by John Piper

What does it mean to be a friend of Jesus? In this lab, John Piper begins a series of three labs focused on friendship with Jesus. Jesus loves you with the greatest possible love and paid the ultimate price to have you — a friendship like no other.

Romans 9:14–18, Part 5: God Exalted Him to Crush Him
June 30, 2015 by John Piper

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?

Romans 9:14–18, Part 4: God Has Mercy on Whom He Wills
June 25, 2015 by John Piper

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…

Romans 9:14–18, Part 3: Saved Not by Human Will or Effort
June 23, 2015 by John Piper

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.

Romans 9:14–18, Part 2: God Acts for the Sake of His Glory
June 18, 2015 by John Piper

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.

Romans 9:14–18, Part 1: Is God Just to Choose Some?
June 16, 2015 by John Piper

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.

Romans 9:9–13, Part 3: The Mystery of Election
June 11, 2015 by John Piper

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.

Romans 9:9–13, Part 2: Why God Chooses Whom He Chooses
June 9, 2015 by John Piper

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?

Romans 9:9–13, Part 1: Jacob I Loved, But Esau I Hated
June 4, 2015 by John Piper

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.

Romans 9:6–8 : God’s Promises Never Fail
June 2, 2015 by John Piper

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.

Romans 9:1–5, Part 3: Chosen by God, Cut Off from Christ
May 28, 2015 by John Piper

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.

Romans 9:1–5, Part 2: Unending Joy and Unceasing Anguish
May 26, 2015 by John Piper

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.

Romans 9:1–5, Part 1: The Word of God Has Not Failed
May 21, 2015 by John Piper

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.