How to Live in the Flesh

Philippians 3:2–7

God calls us to not live in the flesh. In this lab, John Piper clarifies that we live according to the flesh when we do anything without depending on the Spirit and putting faith in Jesus Christ as our supreme treasure.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 3:2–7:

  1. What are some of your greatest achievements? Would you say you did them by putting your faith in Christ or in yourself?
  2. What does it mean to put confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:2–7)? Is it always bad?
  3. What is something you could do this week that would require dependence on the Holy Spirit?
  4. You will do thousands of ordinary tasks this week. Take some time each morning to pray about how you can do these tasks depending on Christ and not the flesh.

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Principles of 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 stop the passage itself from defining 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.