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“What is one thing that you are proud of accomplishing in your life?” (can be from any age)
“Rejoice in the Lord,” v1 Paul once again instructs the believers at Philippi to rejoice! Then Paul proceeds to give a warning about a false righteousness that comes from our own works and accomplishments, and points us to a perfect righteousness found only through faith in Christ. Our accomplishments are not bad things; they shape us and God can use them by all means. But the problem creeps in when we begin to feel, think, and act as if our right standing before God some how comes from these accomplishments rather than from Christ alone. “Rejoice!” - Philippians series.
Key Passages: Phil 3:1-11, Romans 10:4
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- Read Phil 3:1-11. What are some things that people treasure? Why do they treasure them?
- What are the distinctive marks of a genuine follower of Jesus according to Phil 3:3?
- Unbelieving Jews based the assurance of their salvation on following law and being circumcised, on what are you basing your assurance of salvation? (think past church answer)
- What do you tend to falsely put your confidence in (v3-6)? Why? (Paul mentions 7 possible false sources: ritual, ethnicity, rank, tradition, rule following, zeal or obeying the law)
- Compare the temptation of an early church Jewish believer to slip back into a law-based righteousness… to the common tendency of a present-day believer to feel they must earn their way to God (works). How are they similar? (law provided tangible checklist, culture today is merit-based, etc)
- What do both scenarios imply about Christ? (His death was not enough, He is not enough)
- How do you respond to Paul’s statement that knowing King Jesus as his Lord is worth far more than everything else put together v8?
- How do we grow in our knowledge of God? How are we transformed to be more like Jesus each day? How does the hope of your resurrection encourage you in the Christian life?
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Thank the Lord for the assurance of our salvation found through faith in Him; pray that we will not fall back into trying to gain approval with God by our accomplishments but will continue to trust what Christ has done.
RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise)
Philippians Chapter 3
The apostle cautions the Philippians against judaizing false teachers (people who insisted that Christians had to obey all the OT ceremonial laws), and renounces his own former privileges. (1-11)
Sincere Christians rejoice in Christ Jesus. The prophet calls the false prophets dumb dogs, ( Isaiah 56:10 ) ; to which the apostle seems to refer. Dogs, for their malice against faithful professors of the gospel of Christ, barking at them and biting them. They urged human works in opposition to the faith of Christ; but Paul calls them evil-workers. He calls them the concision; as they rent the church of Christ, and cut it to pieces. The work of religion is to no purpose, unless the heart is in it, and we must worship God in the strength and grace of the Divine Spirit. They rejoice in Christ Jesus, not in mere outward enjoyments and performances. Nor can we too earnestly guard against those who oppose or abuse the doctrine of free salvation. If the apostle would have gloried and trusted in the flesh, he had as much cause as any man. But the things which he counted gain while a Pharisee, and had reckoned up, those he counted loss for Christ. The apostle did not persuade them to do any thing but what he himself did; or to venture on any thing but that on which he himself ventured his never-dying soul. He deemed all these things to be but loss, compared with the knowledge of Christ, by faith in his person and salvation. He speaks of all worldly enjoyments and outward privileges which sought a place with Christ in his heart, or could pretend to any merit and desert, and counted them but loss; but it might be said, It is easy to say so; but what would he do when he came to the trial? He had suffered the loss of all for the privileges of a Christian. Nay, he not only counted them loss, but the vilest refuse, offals thrown to dogs; not only less valuable than Christ, but in the highest degree contemptible, when set up as against him. True knowledge of Christ alters and changes men, their judgments and manners, and makes them as if made again anew. The believer prefers Christ, knowing that it is better for us to be without all worldly riches, than without Christ and his word. Let us see what the apostle resolved to cleave to, and that was Christ and heaven. We are undone, without righteousness wherein to appear before God, for we are guilty. There is a righteousness provided for us in Jesus Christ, and it is a complete and perfect righteousness. None can have benefit by it, who trust in themselves. Faith is the appointed means of applying the saving benefit. It is by faith in Christ's blood. We are made conformable to Christ's death, when we die to sin, as he died for sin; and the world is crucified to us, and we to the world, by the cross of Christ. The apostle was willing to do or to suffer any thing, to attain the glorious resurrection of saints. This hope and prospect carried him through all difficulties in his work. He did not hope to attain it through his own merit and righteousness, but through the merit and righteousness of Jesus Christ.