If God Is Sovereign, Am I Responsible?

Philippians 2:12–13

In this lab, John Piper answers the age-old question: If God is sovereign over the decisions I make, how am I still responsible for sin?

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

  1. If God is sovereign over all that happens in the world, including my decisions, how are we responsible for sin?
  2. Paul tells us that God works in us to influence our will for his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). Why doesn’t this make us robots or puppets?
  3. Watch the lab. At the end, John Piper gives us a summary slide of how he answers the question. Do you agree or disagree?

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Principle for Bible Reading


One way that people love to communicate is to use words and phrases that someone else has said in the past to enhance what they are saying now. We quote others to defend, explain, or confirm what we are trying to communicate.

Most study Bibles have cross-references that connect you to other texts in the Bible that relate in some way to that text. Whether connected thematically or by a common phrase, cross-referencing enhances our study when we take the time to look up the verses.