Phil. 3:1-11 (952 & 1825): Surpassing Worth of Christ
I) Paul wants the Philippians believers to experience ________ joy and contentment.
A) Paul has displayed a warm pastoral ___________ in the first half of this letter.
B) Paul ______________ warns the Philippians to be on their guard against those who preach a false gospel.
C) Paul uses some _______________ language to describe these teachers --scavenging hyenas and flesh hackers.
II) What foundation is your faith built on?
A) Judaizers followed Paul and taught that Gentile believers needed to follow ______________ customs in order to become Christians.
B) False teachers taught: Our spiritual ______________ (Faith in Christ may be one thing on it) is what saves us.
1) Paul had the _________ Jewish spiritual resume you could have.
2) We can create our own spiritual resumes made up of things we think make us more _____________________ to God.
*Fear / Doubt: Think about the times when you have feared or doubted that God could love you. What did you think you had to do to be love able to God? What is that you thought you needed to do more to make God love you?
*Anger: When we suffer, we can say to God I don’t deserve this because I __________________.
C) Spiritual resumes are destructive because we put our hope in ________________ instead of faith in Christ.
They either lead to feelings of pride and superiority or despair.
D) Christ's righteous resume is the only thing that can save us.
Justification: We are declared righteous by God because of what Christ has done.
III) Faith in Christ __________________ two things.
A) A desire for ________________ and transformation (Sanctification).
B) A longing for the final __________________ that Christ’s death on the cross completely paid for (Glorification).