One of the Hardest Sins to Conquer

Philippians 2:14–18

God has recreated us for holiness and promised to help us in the pursuit. In this lab, John Piper explains why taming the tongue will be one of the hardest challenges we face.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 2:14–18:

  1. What are a couple of sins that you have had the most trouble overcoming? What has helped in the struggle?
  2. What sin does Paul identify in this text that, when fought against, will make us holy and blameless, lights in a dark world? What promise can you cling to in order to conquer this sin?
  3. What does it look like in your life when your tongue is out of control? How could you start taming your tongue?

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Principle 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 to import other passages into the one we are studying before we have given the passage itself its proper due.

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.

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