Satan tells us that all suffering is a curse and proof that we are not loved by God. But God tells us it is a gift to show us our salvation. In this lab, John Piper shows us where he sees this truth in the word.
Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 1:28–30:
- How can you know whether you are saved or not? Does God tell us how we can know?
- Paul says something scandalous: he says that Christian suffering is a gift from God (Philippians 1:29). Why does he conclude this? What is the benefit of suffering for the Philippians (Philippians 1:28)?
- Do you show signs of salvation through faith-filled suffering? How can you bear more of this fruit in your life?
Principle for Bible Reading
Summarize in One Sentence
It is often telling if we understand something by whether or not we can summarize it succinctly. Striving to summarize a section, a chapter, or a whole book of the Bible can expose our comprehension and sharpen our thinking.
How would you summarize Philippians 1:28–30 in one sentence?