Freedom from Misplaced Shame

Some shame we should feel. Some shame we should never feel. In this lab, John Piper shows us how we can tell the difference.

Some questions to ask as you read and study:

  1. What is something in your past that you feel shame over? How do you deal with this shame from day to day?
  2. Watch the lab. What is the difference between appropriate shame and misplaced shame? How should we respond to each?
  3. What promises can you cling to this week when tempted to feel misplaced shame?

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Principle for Bible Reading

Defining Terms in Context

Often, we come with our definitions of words before we understand what a verse or passage means. This can work at times, but we must not silence the passage itself and we must let it define what certain words mean. Words help us understand verses, and verses help us understand words.

So, as you read, take time to ask, “What can I learn about what this word means from the passage?”

Set aside a couple of days to read through a whole book several times before walking through it in a slower, more in-depth way.