Only Contentment Kills Covetousness


Our coveting problem is really a worship problem. In this lab, John Piper drills down to the root of covetousness and calls us back to contentment in God.

Some questions to ask as you read and study:

  1. The tenth commandment forbids us from coveting (Exodus 20:17). What does that mean? What are you tempted to covet?
  2. Watch the lab, how does John Piper say covetousness and idolatry relate? Why is this relationship important?
  3. Take ten minutes to write out everything you “want” right now. Now go back through the list and see if you have let some of those slip into an unhealthy craving. Ask God for help in your attitude towards those things.

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Principle for Bible Reading

Defining Terms in Context

Often, we come with our definitions of words before we understand what a verse or passage means. This can work at times, but we must not silence the passage. Rather, we must let the passage itself define what certain words mean. Words help us understand verses, and verses help us understand words.

So, as you read, take time to ask, “What can I learn about what this word means from the passage?”

Set aside a couple of days to read through a whole book several times before walking through it in a slower, more in-depth way.