Risk Yourself for the Sake of Others

Philippians 2:25–30


Many of us desire to genuinely love others, but are we willing to pay the price? In this lab, John Piper clarifies what love risks for the sake of others.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 2:25–30:

  1. What are some challenges you face when considering living for others? Why might living for yourself seem safer?
  2. Read Philippians 2:25–30. What did Epaphroditus do that led Paul to commend him for his humility?
  3. Humility is costly, but worth the price. Take five minutes to write down what it might cost you to live a life of increasing humility, and then take five minutes to write down gains for yourself and others.

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Principles of Bible Reading

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Meaning can often be discovered in the relationships between sentences or ideas. For instance, one relationship includes an action statement or command, along with a statement clarifying how that action should be performed. This relationship is often introduced with the words, in that, by, or with adverbial participles. Adverbial participles usually end in “ing” and modify a main verb (e.g. I went to the store, running the whole way there).

Example:

A father may tell his son to go clean his room. After an earlier incident, the father might clarify exactly what he expects: “James, it’s time to clean your room (the action). Pick up your clothes from the floor, make your bed, and organize your closet (the manner).”