Sermons

Introduction.

In a time where we are driven and motivated to increase ourselves, Scripture tells us to put our selfish ambitions aside in order to become more like Christ. We can find hope that even when we fall short, God can still use us in great and mighty ways as we continue to strive and look to live a life in which Christ is the goal. 

 

 

Audio Version

 

SERMON TITLE: Christ the Goal

SPEAKER: Jonathan Chang

TEXT: Philippians 3:7-4:1

INTRODUCTION.

In a time where we are driven and motivated to increase ourselves, Scripture tells us to put our selfish ambitions aside in order to become more like Christ. We can find hope that even when we fall short, God can still use us in great and mighty ways as we continue to strive and look to live a life in which Christ is the goal. 

DISCUSSION.

How can we live a life completely sold out to Jesus Christ in this present world?

EXAMINATION.

Vv. 3:7-11

What did Paul count as loss? Why is that significant?

What does it mean that things are “rubbish” compared to gaining Christ?

How does one become righteous? Why? What is the result?

Why does Paul write about suffering? What’s the point of suffering?

Vv. 3:12-16

What does Paul mean when he writes, “…not that I am already perfect”?

What was Paul forgetting from his past in order to continue in becoming more like Christ?

What is the goal of the Christian life? What is the prize of the Christian life?

Vv. 3:17-4:1

Why should the Philippians imitate Paul? How does that look?

Who is an enemy of the cross? Why such a strong word?

How do you define being a citizen of heaven? What is the significance of being a citizen of heaven?

APPLICATION.  

  • What does this passage teach you about how your life should look?
  • What needs to be cast off in your life in order for you to be able to live fully into your calling as a follower of Christ?
  • How can you suffer for the cross of Christ?
  • Why is it so difficult to forget the past? What in your past needs to be let go in order for you to be able to run towards the prize?
  • Who are you imitating in order to become like Christ (who is discipling you)? Who needs to imitate you (who needs to be discipled by you)? How does your life/priorities need to change in order to be worthy of being imitated?
  • As a citizen of heaven, how does that look for you in your daily life? Is there someone you know that is not a citizen? What will you do to show the wonders of having such a great citizenship?

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