Make It Count - Eternal Purpose (Philippians 3:1-11)

Gearl Spicer 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.

Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—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: 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; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 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 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.


Sermon Notes

Summer Of Joy - Now More Than Ever
Make It Count - Eternal Purpose
Philippians 3:1-11

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
A. Righteousness
B. Reward

Summation of key insights -
CAUTION - Be aware
COUNT - Be knowledgeable
CONFORMITY - Be tenacious

Can you see your eternal purpose?

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