Stand Firm in Fearful Days

Philippians 1:27–28

Standing firm in fearful days with family in Christ shows that you have promises in the gospel that death, nor loss, nor prison can steal. In this lab, John Piper shows us how our unity glorifies God.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 1:27–28:

  1. Do you live a life worthy of the gospel? What does that mean in this passage?
  2. How exactly does standing together with other believers in fearless unity show the worth of the gospel? Can you give any modern examples of this?
  3. Is there anything that is keeping you from the unity with other believers that Paul discusses here? How can you overcome this obstacle?

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Principle 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 as John Piper shows us here in Philippians.