Thank God for Gospel Friendships

Philippians 1:3–5

Some of God’s most precious gifts to his children are gospel partnerships. In this lab, John Piper reminds us that our sweetest friendships in this life are those that revolve around Christ.

Principle for Bible Reading


A ground gives support or a reason for another statement. One way to think of it is that it is the ground upon which another statement is built. In this case, John Piper explains that verse 5 gives the reason (i.e. the ground) for Paul’s thankfulness to God for the Philippians.

Study Questions

  1. What are gospel friendships? Do you have any? How are they different from others that you’ve had?
  2. What kind of “partnership” did Paul have with the Philippians (Philippians 1:5)? What ultimately united them together?
  3. Who are the people in your life that point you to Jesus? Express thanks to them and to God this week.