When Should I Forget My Past?

Philippians 3:11–14


God has assigned forgetting and remembering strategic roles in our salvation. In this lab, John Piper calls us to remember everything that serves faith and obedience and to forget everything that hinders faith and obedience.

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

  1. When is it best to remember the past? When is it best to forget?
  2. Compare Philippians 3:13–14 and Ephesians 2:11–13. What are we called to forget? What are we called to remember?
  3. Watch the lab. What is good to remember? What is best forgotten? Why does it matter?

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Principles of 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 not 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.