One Thing to Be Anxious About

Philippians 2:19–24


Are you anxious over many things and constantly repenting of your worry? In this lab, John Piper articulates one form of anxiety that you shouldn’t consider sin.

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

  1. Is there such a thing as good anxiety? Why, or why not?
  2. Watch the lab. How can Timothy be “anxious” about others (Philippians 2:20) while not violating the command to “not be anxious about anything” (Philippians 4:6)?
  3. What is John Piper’s distinction between good and bad anxiety? How can you grow in righteous anxiety?

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Principles for Bible Reading

Find Reality

Often, God’s deepest treasures are for those who refuse to stop at an intellectual level, but keep digging and praying until they strike the heart of the reality of the text. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you, and keep digging until you not only know what the text says, but what the text means, what realities it points to.