Pastoral Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election

Pastor John Piper offers these five pastoral thoughts, from his exposition of the book of Romans, on the doctrine of election, taught in places like 8:28-39, 9:6-23, 11:1-36, and more:

  1. Not all things are good for us to know, and so God has not revealed them to us; and there are some things that are good for us to know, even when we can’t explain them fully.
  2. The doctrine of election has a strong tendency to make a church rigorous about the truth and about the Scriptures, and so keep it from drifting into doctrinal indifference and conformity to culture.
  3. The doctrine of election is one of the best ways to test whether we have reversed roles with God.
  4. The humble embrace—not the discussion of, not even the intellectual belief in, but the humble embrace—of the precious truth of election and sovereign grace, produces radical, loving, risk—taking ministry and missions.
  5. Don’t think of election apart from Jesus Christ.

These have been most helpful for me in reviewing this foundational, love-producing biblical teaching.  You can read, listen to, or watch and listen to the whole thing here.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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