Can I Really Have Assurance?

Philippians 3:11–14

God’s sure promise that you will make it to the end is bought by Christ. In this lab, John Piper shows that the way you get to the end is by taking seriously the warnings not to lose your faith.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 3:11–14:

  1. Can you really be assured of your salvation? What needs to be present to feel such confidence?
  2. Read Philippians 3:11–14. Does verse 12 show that Paul has assurance or that he doesn’t?
  3. How would you live differently if you knew Christ had made you his own?

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Principles of Bible Reading


This is one of the richest relationships in the Bible. A ground gives support or a reason for another statement. One way to think of it is that it is the ground upon which another statement is built. The supporting (or grounding) statement comes after the statement it supports. When you come to a grounding statement in the Bible, ask what came before it that it supports.

Key Words

Conjunctions, or connecting words, are very important in the Bible because they tell us how two statements are related to each other. In this case, a grounding relationship is usually connected with for, because, or since.

For example: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” How do we know that Jesus loves us? For (or because) the Bible tells me so.