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In Christ Alone I Will Place My Confidence!


Philippians 3:1-11

 

 

·         Chapter 1 – single mind (to live is Christ).

·         Chapter 2 – submissive mind (others first).

·         Chapter 3 – spiritual mind (vv. 1-11 – Paul’s past; vv. 12-16 – Paul’s present; vv. 17-21 – Paul’s future).

 

I.                   The joy of the Lord is our strength & safeguard – v. 1.

II.                Salvation can only be attained through Christ alone – vv. 2-7.

A.    Beware of false teachings – salvation = Christ + … - v. 2.

B.     Our accomplishments and credentials do not help our salvation – vv. 3-7.

III.             To know Christ is the most important pursuit in our lives – vv. 8-11.

A.    Next to knowing Christ, all other pursuits in life are not worth dung – v. 8.

B.     God’s righteousness can be enjoyed through Christ’s faithfulness – 9.

C.     Knowing Christ stretches beyond our salvation – vv. 10-11

                                                              i.      Knowing Him – personal and intimate friendship of walking with Christ, rather than blindly obeying a set of rules.

                                                            ii.      Experiencing the power of His resurrection – power over sin and temptation.

                                                          iii.      Sharing in His suffering – sanctification.

                                                          iv.      Being like Him in His death – dying to sin.

                                                            v.      Attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Our confidence for salvation and godly living is to be placed in

 

Christ ALONE!