Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 2:4:
- What does it mean to “look . . . to the interests of others”? Do you do this with people in your life?
- Does looking to others’ interests cause us to look away from our own joy? Why or why not?
- In this lab, John Piper shows us that looking to others’ interests is looking to the interests of Christ. How can this fact motivate you to serve this week?
To download the lab, go to its Vimeo page.
Principle for Bible Reading
Cultivating new love for old texts
There are several verses in the Bible that are much more familiar than others. Many popular texts, like Philippians 2:4, are deserving of the attention they receive. But if we are not careful, they can become so familiar that they lose their wonder. The solution is not to stow certain verses away and come back to them later, the solution is to go deeper into them.
One way to do this is to trace the themes in the familiar verses throughout the book or letter. Often, the themes from beloved verses can be found in people (e.g. Timothy), situations, and other statements in the same book of the Bible which can deepen our understanding of and appreciation for the familiar.