The Others-Oriented Life

Philippians 2:19–24

How do you know if your life is worthy of the gospel? In this lab, John Piper answers that it must include living an others-oriented life.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 2:19–24:

  1. Who is someone you know that always seems to be serving others? Why do you think they love others the way they do?
  2. Watch the lab. Why does John Piper believe Paul mentioned Timothy and Epaphroditus? What did they embody that we are called to imitate?
  3. What often prevents you from serving others? Time? Willingness? Energy? Whatever the hurdle, take some time figuring out how you can fight against it this week to serve one other person.

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Principle for Bible Reading

Mine Within the Context First

Making connections to other passages enriches Bible study. We need to make connections, but we also need to be careful to import other passages into the one we are studying before we have given the passage itself its proper due.

The problem with moving all over the Bible too quickly is that we can miss what the particular author wanted to communicate. In many cases the author could have brought in other passages or made connections, but that might not have been his point.

Do cross-reference and word searches, but let each author speak for himself without making a collage of other passages too quickly.