Teacher: Pastor Chet Lowe

Main Scriptures: Philippians 3, Romans 7

  • Review
    • Paul is
      • Thanking the church
      • Discipling the church
      • Giving the church examples to follow
      • Addressing the doctrinal debates
        • Judaizers were imposing requirements of the Mosaic Law like circumcision, Sabbath and diet and believed salvation rested on obedience to the law.
        • Gnostics believed the spirit was trapped inside of the flesh and that the flesh could do whatever it wanted.
    • Paul wants the church to have a relationship with Christ, not religion
      • Relationship with Christ is based on grace alone, not works
        • Paul counted loss both his resume AND his past sins for the sake of his relationship with Christ
      • Relationship with Christ is characterized by the power of the resurrection
        • The power of the resurrection looks like obedience to His word paired with the power of the Holy Spirit (like the man at the Pool of Bethesda in John 5)
  • Paul is giving his new life in Christ everything he’s got
    • Practice makes perfect (v. 13-16)
      • Positionally, we are already perfected (Romans 8:30)
      • Practically, we’ve got to work at this (Matthew 5:48, 2 Corinthians 3:18)
        • Practice forgetting what’s behind and reaching toward what’s ahead
          • Forgetting does not mean we don’t remember. It means that every time we remember, we look at Christ and purpose toward sanctification into His image as our goal (Proverbs 24:16a, Romans 7:24-25)
            • We do this by having an active devotional life, prayer life and serving life
            • Live what you know and as you know more, live more
    • Follow the pattern of Christ—anything else is a forgery (v. 17)
    • Deal with culture shock (v. 18-19)
      • The world believes that feeding the flesh is good for you
      • We have to learn to think and live as citizen’s of heaven and walk by faith not feelings
    • Eagerly wait (v. 20-4:1)
      • Stand fast in the Lord