Make It Count - Eternal Purpose (Philippians 3:1-11)
Gearl Spicer, July 18, 2021
Part of the Summer Of Joy - Now More Than Ever series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Philippians 3:1–11 (Listen)
3:1 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.
Summer Of Joy - Now More Than Ever
Make It Count - Eternal Purpose
How would you describe your spiritual priorities?
*But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be in loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus as Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ. vs. 7-8
*That I may know Him and power of the resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection of the dead. vs. 10-11
Our lives are a summation of what we pursue!
I. Caution - Rejoice and Beware - vs. 1-2
A. Guard your joy
B. Identify your enemies
II. Confidence - Glory and flesh - vs. 2-6
A. Worship Jesus
B. Isolate flesh
III. Count - Loss and Gain - vs.7-8
A. Loss - Religion and ritual
B. Gain - Knowing Jesus
IV. Conformity - Faith and Resurrection - vs. 9-11
Summation of key insights -
CAUTION - Be aware
CONFIDENCE - Be wise
COUNT - Be knowledgeable
CONFORMITY - Be tenacious
Can you see your eternal purpose?