Run Hard for Your Reward

Philippians 3:11–14


Heaven is for those who never stopped running the race on earth, looking to Christ. In this lab, John Piper reminds us that we are going to win this race. We are going to get the crown. Not because we are great runners, but because Christ has made us his own.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 3:11–14:

  1. How would you describe the prize that Christians run for? What are some challenges that prevent some from finishing?
  2. Read Philippians 3:11–14. Does Paul believe he could lose the race and miss the prize? How did he press on?
  3. How can you keep your focus on pressing on this week? What are the warning signs that you have lost sight of the prize?

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Principle for Bible Reading

Plan to Do, Not Just Hear

As you read the word, remember the commandment of Jesus, reiterated by James, to be doers and not merely hearers of the word (Matthew 7:24–27; James 1:22–25).

Seldom does anyone wander into obedience. Often, we must take time to not only digest what we have read, but to plan for how we can practically obey God’s will.