Is Every Christian a Saint?

Philippians 1:1


Only God can create saints out of sinners. In this lab, John Piper reminds us that everything we need to live the Christian life comes from our union with Jesus.

Principle for Bible Reading

Defining Terms in Context

Often, we come to the Bible with our own definitions for words before we understand what a verse or passage means. When we come across such words, we need to ask, “What can I learn about what this word means from the passage?”

In this lab, John Piper points out that a word like “saints” can easily be misunderstood from its original context and meaning. The Bible doesn’t use the word the same way the Roman Catholic Church does. When we study the Bible, we must let it shape our definitions, not the other way around.

Study Questions

  1. The New Orleans NFL football team is called the Saints. What is a saint?
  2. Why do you think Paul connects “saints” with “in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:1)? How does this help us understand our identity as saints?
  3. “Saints” literally means “holy ones.” In what way can you be intentional about walking in holiness this week?