Is Christianity About Self-Denial?

Philippians 2:19–24


In this lab, John Piper wrestles with the place of self-denial in the Christian life and its place on the path to everlasting happiness.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 2:19–24:

  1. Do you believe that Christianity is about self-denial? Should Christians ever seek their own interest? Why or why not?
  2. Watch the lab. What does the Bible say about those who avoid self-denial?
  3. Piper reminds us that love finds its happiness in the happiness of its loved ones. What can you do this week for a loved one that might feel like self-denial at first, but in the end would increase your joy?

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Principles for Bible Reading

Both Wonderfully True

In this lab, John Piper reminds us that if you are teaching, studying, or explaining a difficult text, and two interpretations could be correct, don’t be afraid to admit you’re not sure in that particular verse. Instead, show why both could be correct, and glory in the fact that, regardless, both realities are true (if they are not contradictory interpretations and both affirmed elsewhere in Scripture).