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					Philippians

              Goal-Oriented
   Religion confuses sanctification with
    justification


   Judaizers are “dogs”


   Works-righteousness is “dung”
   In Christ, love can’t be earned and personal
    trophies can’t be a point of pride


   Result? Humility, Freedom and Praise
I want to know Christ and the power of his
   resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in
   his sufferings, becoming like him in his
   death, and so, somehow, to attain to the
   resurrection from the dead- vs. 10-11
THE GOAL IS NOT TO BE KNOWN BY GOD FOR MY
 GOOD WORKS, BUT TO KNOW JESUS THROUGH
 HIS SACRIFICE FOR ME
I come to know God by experience


    In his power


    Based on his Word


    Accessed through prayer
A real faith will always include life-changing
  power


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
  creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
  - 2 Corinthians 5:17
Fellowship of sharing in his sufferings=
  koinonia- intimate communion


     Through pain and suffering


     Changed how Paul viewed his
      circumstances: opportunity to know Jesus
      intimately
Not that I have already obtained all this, or
 have already been made perfect, but I press
 on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus
 took hold of me- vs. 12


...predestined to be conformed to the likeness
   of his Son- Romans 8:29
The end-result: sinless perfection


Because I won’t be perfect until heaven, does
 that mean I can just relax and do what I
 want?
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have
  taken hold of it. But one thing I do:
  Forgetting what is behind and straining
  toward what is ahead, I press on toward the
  goal to win the prize for which God has
  called me heavenward in Christ Jesus- vs. 13-
  14


THE WAY TO BECOME WHAT GOD CREATED ME TO BE
 IS TO BECOME GOAL-ORIENTED AND SINGLE-
  MINDED
If I have any other ultimate goal than Jesus, I
   have the wrong goal


What are some lesser goals Christians have?
 What makes them wrong?
Following Jesus means 2 things:


 1) Leaving the past behind


    My past can inform me, but it shouldn’t
     control me


    I leave my righteousness behind. I brag on
     God, not me
Following Jesus means 2 things:


     I leave my sins and failures behind


For I am the least of the apostles and do not
  even deserve to be called an apostle,
  because I persecuted the church of God. But
  by the grace of God I am what I am, and his
  grace to me was not without effect- 1
  Cor.15:9-10
Following Jesus means 2 things:


    A true view of myself leads to self-
     acceptance in Christ, which brings effective
     (life-changing) grace


    If I don’t admit the truth about myself, I’m
     not open to the grace of God
Following Jesus means 2 things:


 2) Living with an eternal perspective


How does that perspective change my life?
All of us who are mature should take such a
  view of things. And if on some point you
  think differently, that too God will make
  clear to you. Only let us live up to what we
  have already attained- vs. 15-16


The tests of maturity: righteousness in Christ,
 single-minded devotion, leaving the past
 behind and living in light of eternity
Have I experienced God’s power in my life? If
 not, do I need to place my faith in Jesus?


Can I embrace the times of suffering as an
  opportunity to know and experience
  Christ’s comfort?
What do I need to leave behind? Do I
 understand that I am not my sins? That I
 am not the things that have been done to
 me?


Can I forgive and move on?
How might living in light of eternity change
 the decisions I’m making today?

				
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