In this lab, John Piper clarifies that the mark of a true Christian is that he can endure a life of suffering and not renounce Christ, but rather rejoice in him all the more.
Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 3:7–10:
- How can you know you’re saved? What are the marks of a true Christian?
- Read Philippians 3:7–10. What role does suffering play in the life of the believer? Why do you think God does not simply spare us from suffering?
- Watch the lab. Why does John Piper insist that the power to endure suffering is the mark of a true Christian?
Principles for Bible Reading
Authors often give us reasons for why someone did a certain action or why we should do a certain action. They typically give the action statement first (e.g. I went to the store/you should go to the store), then a conjunction or connecting word (in this case, usually, so that, in order that, or simply that), and finally the reason for the action or the purpose statement.
Parents tell their children to eat their broccoli (action) so that they can have dessert later (purpose). The commercial tells us to buy this shirt (action) so that we can be more attractive (purpose). First Peter 5:6: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God [action] so that at the proper time he may exalt you [purpose].”