Five Incentives for Christian Unity

Philippians 2:1–2


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:

  1. 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?
  2. How might the encouragement, comfort, participation, affection, and sympathy (Philippians 2:1) motivate Christian unity (Philippians 2:2)?
  3. Do you prize Christian unity? Do you participate in it? How can these two verses motivate you to pursue greater unity in the body?

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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.