Faith is the experience of Christ as our surpassing worth and all else as rubbish by comparison. In this lab, John Piper clarifies that fake faith can say the right creeds, sing the right songs, even pray the right words, but it cannot pretend to count all as loss compared to gaining Christ.
Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 3:8–9:
- How would you help people who want to know if they are really in Christ? How could they be sure?
- Read Philippians 3:3–9. What does it mean to be found in Christ? If Christ came today, do you believe that you would be found in him?
- Watch the lab. What is one way you know if you are in Christ?
Principles for Bible Reading
Cultivating New Love for Old Texts
Several verses in the Bible are much more familiar than others. Many very popular texts are deserving of the attention they receive, but if we are not careful, they can become so familiar that they lose their wonder in our eyes. 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, situations, and other statements in the same book of the Bible which can deepen our understanding and appreciation for the familiar.