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  1. 1. Philippians 3:1-3 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 evil-doers, 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— www.networkbible.org ESV, 2016
  2. 2. Philippians 3:4-6 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone 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. www.networkbible.org ESV, 2016
  3. 3. Philippians 3:7-8 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 www.networkbible.org ESV, 2016
  4. 4. Philippians 3:9-10 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—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, www.networkbible.org ESV, 2016
  5. 5. Philippians 3:11-12 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. www.networkbible.org ESV, 2016
  6. 6. Relationships over time grow CLOSER together or DRIFT apart.
  7. 7. Relationships over time grow CLOSER together or DRIFT apart. We will not PURSUE intimacy with Christ if we don’t first see the VALUE of our relationship with Him.
  8. 8. Relationships over time grow CLOSER together or DRIFT apart. We will not PURSUE intimacy with Christ if we don’t first see the VALUE of our relationship with Him. Paul doesn’t say to rejoice WHEN, but to rejoice IN the Lord.
  9. 9. Relationships, or FAITH, cannot be REDUCED to RITUALS
  10. 10. Relationships, or FAITH, cannot be REDUCED to RITUALS Beware the RELIGIOUS practice taking precedence over the RELATIONAL intimacy.
  11. 11. Relationships, or FAITH, cannot be REDUCED to RITUALS Beware the RELIGIOUS practice taking precedence over the RELATIONAL intimacy. The defining marker for the people of God is no longer CIRCUMCISION of the flesh but TRUST in Jesus.
  12. 12. All the externals that Paul would have put CONFIDENCE in he now views DIFFERENTLY in Christ
  13. 13. All the externals that Paul would have put CONFIDENCE in he now views DIFFERENTLY in Christ Salvation is dependent on FAITH in Christ ALONE
  14. 14. All the externals that Paul would have put CONFIDENCE in he now views DIFFERENTLY in Christ Salvation is dependent on FAITH in Christ ALONE Only by WALKING with Him can we grow in KNOWING Him.
  15. 15. All the externals that Paul would have put CONFIDENCE in he now views DIFFERENTLY in Christ Salvation is dependent on FAITH in Christ ALONE Only by WALKING with Him can we grow in KNOWING Him. The more TIME we spend with Him the more we will grow to LOVE Him…
  16. 16. Please take a moment to fill out your Communication Card NEXT STEPS ( ) Do the home life help (in bulletin) ( ) Evaluate if I have been drawing closer or drifting away in my relationship to Jesus ( ) Identify ways to pursue intimacy with Jesus ( ) Choose to rejoice in the Lord ( ) Identify how to better walk with Jesus ( ) Other________________________

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