The One Reason to Live

Philippians 3:11–14


Christians don’t coast to the finish line. They don’t become cavalier about assurance. They don’t ignore the warnings of falling away. In this lab, John Piper explains that Christians finish the race by looking to Christ.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 3:11–14:

  1. How would you answer the question, “What is the one reason to live?”
  2. Read Philippians 3:11–14. How did Paul resolve to live the rest of his life? What did he press towards? What did he leave behind?
  3. What are some things from your past that you need to forget? How can you now move forward to what lies ahead?

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Principles of Bible Reading

Defining Terms in Context

Often, we come with our definitions of words before we understand what a verse or passage means. This can work at times, but we must not silence the passage. Rather, we must let the passage itself define what certain words mean. Words help us understand verses, and verses help us understand words.

So, as you read, take time to ask, “What can I learn about what this word means from the passage?” Set aside a couple of days to read through a whole book several times before walking through it in a slower, more in-depth way.