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Mature Faith (Philippians 3:1-16)


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Paul teaches us that we can know if we're mature by whether we trust Jesus, are becoming more attached to him, and whether we keep pressing on. Those who are mature know this and act by it. If you do not know this, and/or you do not act by it, God will educate you further.

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Mature Faith (Philippians 3:1-16)

  1. 1. Mature Faith Philippians 3:1-16 Horton Road Church of Christ March 21, 2010
  2. 2. Spiritual maturity is not gained by bible knowledge or personal accomplishments or by a winner-take-all attitude
  3. 3. Spiritual immaturity is the result of unlike minds “I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.” (Philippians 4:2) “In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had.” (Philippians 2:5)
  4. 4. We are spiritually mature when we trust Jesus more than ourselves are more attached to Jesus than to ourselves keep pressing ahead in faith instead of falling back
  5. 5. Trust Jesus more than yourself by rejoicing in faith, serving God, and trusting Jesus
  6. 6. How do we trust Jesus? “Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! ... Serve God by his Spirit [and] boast in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:1, 3)
  7. 7. Draw closer to Jesus “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.... I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:8)
  8. 8. How do we draw closer to Jesus? “[I want to] be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ.... I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death....” (Philippians 3:9-10)
  9. 9. Keep pressing ahead instead of falling back “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Philippians 3:12)
  10. 10. How do we press ahead? “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal....” (Philippians 3:13-14)
  11. 11. If you are not mature, God will educate you “All of us, then, 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.” (Philippians 3:15)
  12. 12. Live up to what you have already attained “Only let us live up to what we have already attained.” (Philippians 3:16)