The Effort Needed to Fight Sin

Living Out Identity in Christ


Sin will have no dominion over us. In this lab, John Piper reminds us that we still must fight against sin’s attempt to gain dominion over us.

Some questions to ask as you read and study:

  1. What is the most challenging sin that you fight? If we’re saved, why do you think it is still such a battle?
  2. Watch the lab. What does John Piper mean by the phrase “become in experience what you are in Christ”? How does that help us fight sin?
  3. When you are tired of killing sin, where do you go to find the energy to keep fighting? Have you ever been strengthened by your identity in Christ?

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Principle for Bible Reading

Ground

This is one of the richest relationships in the Bible. 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. The supporting (or grounding) statement comes after the statement it supports. When you come to a grounding statement in the Bible, ask what came before it that it supports.

Key Words

Conjunctions, or connecting words, are very important in the Bible because they tell us how two statements are related to each other. In this case, a grounding relationship is usually connected with for, because, or since.

For example: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” How do we know that Jesus loves us? For (or because) the Bible tells me so.