6/25 Meet The Mount - Immediately following 2nd service in Student Center
6/25 Alliance Campus VISION NIGHT Q&A - 5:00pm in Worship Center; Kona Ice to follow!
6/30 Missionary Movie Night - 6:30pm Student Center; for 3rd grade and up; for more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
7/4-7/8 Student Summer Camp - Glorieta, NM; the mount.church/studentcamp
7/15 Orphan Care Cookout - Save The Date! 10a-1p Johnson Rd Park
7/23-7/27 VBS - register yourself (volunteer) and your kids TODAY at themount.church/vbs (or on App)
“What is one thing that was very difficult for you but you pushed through & accomplished it anyway?”
his week we see Paul expressing his desire to be found in Christ; also his pressing on toward perfection; and recommends his own example to other believers. Paul emphasizes the need for progress in Christian living, presenting himself as one who continually strives to see God’s kingdom expanded. He invites the Philippians to join him in humble, radical dependence on Christ. The same invitation goes out to all of us! “Rejoice!” - Philippians series.
Key Passages: Phil 3:12-21
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- Read Phil 3:12-21. Consider these 5 challenges (below) for growing in Christ from this passage, which one is most difficult for you?
- Humbly acknowledge that you haven’t arrived (v12, 13)
- Passionately pursue a greater knowledge of Christ (v12-14)
- Never lose the wonder of the gospel (v12, 14)
- Follow gospel-centered, heavenly minded examples (v15-19)
- Live in light of your true citizenship (v20-21)
- Paul was a “one-thing” guy (v13). What would people who know you well say is your “one thing”?
- What one change could you make in order to pursue the one thing that matters most?
- How has God helped you toward maturity through difficult places?
- What are some characteristics of the “enemies of the cross” in v18-19?
- How should the promise of Jesus’ return affect the way you live your life?
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Pray for God’s strength and gospel passion in living for Jesus; for believers at The Mount to live like true followers of Jesus as citizens of heaven and not of this world.
RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Philippians 3:12-21 - Straining Toward the Goal
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise)
Philippians Chapter 3
This simple dependence and earnestness of soul, were not mentioned as if the apostle had gained the prize, or were already made perfect in the Savior's likeness. He forgot the things which were behind, so as not to be content with past labors or present measures of grace. He reached forth, stretched himself forward towards his point; expressions showing great concern to become more and more like unto Christ. He who runs a race, must never stop short of the end, but press forward as fast as he can; so those who have heaven in their view, must still press forward to it, in holy desires and hopes, and constant endeavors. Eternal life is the gift of God, but it is in Christ Jesus; through his hand it must come to us, as it is procured for us by him. There is no getting to heaven as our home, but by Christ as our Way. True believers, in seeking this assurance, as well as to glorify him, will seek more nearly to resemble his sufferings and death, by dying to sin, and by crucifying the flesh with its affections and lusts. In these things there is a great difference among real Christians, but all know something of them. Believers make Christ all in all, and set their hearts upon another world. If they differ from one another, and are not of the same judgment in lesser matters, yet they must not judge one another; while they all meet now in Christ, and hope to meet shortly in heaven. Let them join in all the great things in which they are agreed, and wait for further light as to lesser things wherein they differ. The enemies of the cross of Christ mind nothing but their sensual appetites. Sin is the sinner's shame, especially when gloried in. The way of those who mind earthly things, may seem pleasant, but death and hell are at the end of it. If we choose their way, we shall share their end. The life of a Christian is in heaven, where his Head and his home are, and where he hopes to be shortly; he sets his affections upon things above; and where his heart is, there will his conversation be. There is glory kept for the bodies of the saints, in which they will appear at the resurrection. Then the body will be made glorious; not only raised again to life, but raised to great advantage. Observe the power by which this change will be wrought. May we be always prepared for the coming of our Judge; looking to have our vile bodies changed by his Almighty power, and applying to him daily to new-create our souls unto holiness; to deliver us from our enemies, and to employ our bodies and souls as instruments of righteousness in his service.