Stages of the Christian Life

Philippians 3:15–16


No one starts as a mature Christian. In this lab, John Piper calls us to keep seeking God. Keep laboring to grow. And keep trusting that God will bring about our maturity.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 3:15–16:

  1. Are there different stages to the Christian life? What are they?
  2. Read Philippians 2:12–13 and Philippians 3:15–16. What is the relationship between our pursuing maturing and God’s granting it?
  3. Watch the lab. Summarize in your own words John Piper’s stages for maturity. Which of the six steps in the maturing process do you struggle with the most?

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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.