Is Christian Hedonism in the Bible?

Philippians 1:20–26


Christian Hedonism is a core message of John Piper’s ministry. In this lab, he explains where he found it in the Bible.

Principle for Bible Reading

Turn Bible Study into Prayer

We all need to be reminded from time to time that the Bible is not a text to be merely dissected, analyzed, and mined for new insights. God dissects us through his word: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

Therefore, our Bible study must be inseparable from prayer. From this lab, pray that God would give you joy in himself so that Christ would be magnified in your life and in your death.

Study Questions

  1. John Piper talks a lot about Christian Hedonism. What is it? Do you see it in the Bible?
  2. Why does Paul have full courage that Christ will be honored in his life or death (Philippians 1:20–21)? What does Paul mean in verse 21?
  3. Are you satisfied in Christ? How can you be more happy in God this week?