It is biblically illogical to think we can live a life worthy of the gospel and be indifferent to Christian unity. In this lab, John Piper gives us five incentives to pursue Christian oneness from Philippians 2:1–2.
Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 2:1–2:
- One thing to be reminded of is that chapter breaks are not in the original text. With that in mind, how might the “so” in Philippians 2:1, connect it to what came before in Philippians 1:27–30?
- How might the encouragement, comfort, participation, affection, and sympathy (Philippians 2:1) motivate Christian unity (Philippians 2:2)?
- Do you prize Christian unity? Do you participate in it? How can these two verses motivate you to pursue greater unity in the body?
Principle for Bible Reading
Both Wonderfully True
In this lab, John Piper reminds us that a text doesn’t have to necessarily be an either/or but can be a both/and. Is the encouragement, comfort, participation, affection, and sympathy of Philippians 2:1 from God to us or us to Paul? Here, John Piper shows why both could be correct because they are not contradictory interpretations and both are affirmed elsewhere in Scripture.