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November 23, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on Nov 23 at 09:29am

Philippians | Week 8: A Joyful Discovery

Philippians 3:1-11

Paul’s Heartfelt Appeal (Philippians 3:1)
Paul’s Words of Warning & Affirmation (Philippians 3:2-4)
Paul’s Joyful Discovery (Philippians 3:4-11)
A. An Example to Avoid: Paul’s Past Life in Judaism (Philippians 3:4-6)

Like most ‘religious’ people today, Paul had enough morality to keep him out of trouble, but not enough righteousness to get him into heaven! It was not bad things that kept Paul away from Jesus—it was good things! He had lots of reasons for religious self-confidence, but he had to lose his ‘religion’ to find salvation. – Warren Wiersbe

B. An Example to Follow: Paul’s Present Life in Christ (Philippians 3:7-11)

It was the power of Christ in him that allowed Paul to face difficulties with a sense of holy abandon, full of joy, not because he enjoyed suffering, but because Christ’s resurrection gave Paul a unique perspective on present suffering such that struggle was transformed into intimate fellowship and identification with Jesus… it’s only in the participation of His sufferings does one truly come to know Christ intimately. – Gordon Fee

Scrap your Religious Resume for a Relationship with Christ
1. Guard the Gospel

Compared to a holy and perfect God, the loftiest Everest of rules amounts to a molehill. You cannot earn God’s acceptance by climbing; you must receive it as a gift. – Philip Yancey

2. Set Aside Any Spiritual Pride

I am righteous and accepted by God because __________.

3. Know Christ

May not the inadequacy of much of our spiritual experience be traced back to our habit of skipping through the corridors of the Kingdom like children in the marketplace, chattering about everything, but pausing to learn the true value of nothing. – A.W. Tozer