The Garbage We Bring to God

Philippians 3:8–9

In this lab, John Piper reminds us that when we gain Christ, we get a right standing before God that depends upon Christ and not ourselves.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 3:8–9:

  1. Do you think that God’s people in the Old Testament were saved by their works while we are not? Why or why not?
  2. Read Philippians 3:8–9. What must we count as loss if we are to gain Christ?
  3. How would you explain to a nonbeliever what our righteousness looks like before God? Does it include good works?

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Principles for Bible Reading

Turn Bible Study into Prayer

We all need to be reminded from time to time that the Bible is not a text to be merely dissected, analyzed, and mined for new insights. God dissects us through his word: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

Therefore, our Bible study must be inseparable from prayer. Our engagement with a text is not complete when we understand the passage. Pray God’s word. Pray prayers inspired by God’s word. Pray that God would change you by his word.