Morality Minus Jesus Damns Us

Philippians 3:2–7

In this lab, John Piper shows that the safest place in all the world is not behind the list of good deeds you have done, but under the shelter of the cross.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 3:2–7:

  1. Why can’t morality save us? What does this tell us about ourselves and God?
  2. In Philippians 3:1 Paul talks about safety. What danger does he have in mind?
  3. Watch the lab. How does Pastor John tell us we can be safe? Are you safe in the way Paul describes?

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Principles for Bible Reading

Mine Within the Context First

Making connections to other passages enriches Bible study. We need to make connections, but we also need to be careful not to import other passages into the one we are studying before we have given the passage in view its proper attention.

The problem with moving all over the Bible too quickly is that we can miss what the particular author wanted to communicate. In many cases, the author could have brought in other passages or made connections, but that might not have been his point.

Find cross-references and do word searches, but let each author speak for himself without making a collage of other passages too quickly.