The Christian Life Is Waiting

Titus 2:11–14

The fullness of happily ever after is coming for God’s people — but not yet. When that day comes, life, as it was destined to be, will truly begin. In this lab, John Piper shows that God uses our longing for future glory to produce in us a pursuit of glory today.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Titus 2:11–14:

  1. What do you wait for in life? What do you hope for that has not come?
  2. What is the role of waiting in the Christian life, according to Titus 2:11–14? Is it a passive waiting?
  3. Watch the lab. What does John Piper believe is the relationship between training in righteousness and our longing for glory? How can you remind yourself more often that he will surely come?

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Principles of Bible Reading


A participle, which often ends in an -ing (e.g., “waiting for our blessed hope”), tells us how something happens.

When you come across a participle, ask, “How did the author intend to use this word?” You can use the following list as a good starting point: purpose, result, time, cause, means. Once you understand how the author is using the participle, go back and read the passage, but this time enter the appropriate connecting word before the participle (such as by for means or in order that for purpose).