How to Work Out Your Salvation

Philippians 2:12–13

In this lab, John Piper reminds us that obedience for the Christian is neither the rock upon which his salvation rests nor the optional ribbon placed upon eternal life. It is essential. It is arduous. And it is empowered by God.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 2:12–13:

  1. If we are saved by faith alone, do we need to work out our salvation to be saved?
  2. What does Paul mean by “work out your own salvation” (Philippians 2:12)? How are you doing it?
  3. What daily habits do you practice to maintain your relationship with God? What could you do this week that would add freshness to that routine?

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Principle for Bible Reading


This is one of the richest relationships in the Bible. A ground gives support or a reason for another statement. A grounding statement is often introduced by the words “for,” “because,” or “since.”

A ground is an argument or reason for another statement. One way to remember this is that the ground 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.