JOY IN JESUS
Philippians 3:1-7 NASB
1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you.
2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; 3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh, 4 although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.
7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
- Rejoice (v. 3:1)
- Reject (v. 3:2-3)
- Renounce (v.3:4-7)
- (v. 3:1) Why does Paul have to remind us to rejoice? What are some of the things that regularly steal your joy? What would it look like for you to repent and ask Jesus to be your joy?
- (v. 3:2-3) Paul encourages us to reject dead religion. Where have you lived with binoculars, examining other people’s lives instead of a mirror examining your own? Where does dead religion show up most in your life? What would it look like to repent and thank Jesus for His righteousness instead of busting people up to make yourself feel better?
- (v. 3:4-7) Paul renounces his resume in favor of Christ Jesus. What things are on your resume that you are proud of and point to in order to justify yourself? What would it look like to repent?