What Christ Might Cost You

Philippians 3:7–8

In this lab, John Piper explains that Christ will cost you everything. But there is no greater reason to lose everything you have gained than gaining everything worth having.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 3:7–8:

  1. What does it mean to count the cost of following Christ? What has it looked like for you to do that?
  2. Read Philippians 3:7–8 and Galatians 1:14. Do you share Paul’s assessment about the value of everything else in comparison to gaining Christ?
  3. Do you struggle to give up something to follow Jesus? How can you remind yourself that paying that cost is worth it?

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Principles for Bible Reading


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.

A “ground” is an argument or reason for another statement. One way to remember this is that the ground 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.