February 1, 2019 Speaker: Godwin Sathianathan
Topic: Topical Scripture: Philippians 3:1–3:11
The following study guide is to be used to discuss the Friday, February 1, 2019 sermon.
Introduction - We all find our identity and value in something. When we are children we naturally gravitate look toward our parents. But as we get older we find our status and life in other things: sports, accomplishments, career, nationality, education, religion, fitness, style, hobbies, volunteerism, and more. The list could be infinite. And all these things have something in common. They are all part of what the Bible calls “the flesh.” But as Christians all these things are meaningless compared to our true life and identity: knowing Jesus.
READ Philippians 3:1-11
1. Who are the “dogs” and “evildoers” that Paul was warning the Philippians against (v 2)? What were they teaching and why did Paul react so negatively to them? (see Galatians 5:1-12 where Paul is contending again the same group)
Application: What kinds of things to people say today are requirements to be accepted as the people of God?
Gospel Connection: Who count as God’s “circumcised” people today?
2. Paul gave his “fleshly” pedigree that he used to boast in (v 4-6).
Application: What sort of things are you prone to boast in or to point to for your righteousness and moral status?
3. How does Paul compare his “fleshly” boasts to knowing Jesus (v 7-8)? Why is knowing Christ so precious?
Application: How is your heart this week? Is it zealous to know more of Jesus and to gain him?
4. Paul used to find his righteousness and standing in his ethnic background and religious behavior. Where does his boasting come from now (v 9)?
Application: In what ways can we boast in the Lord and in his righteousness?