Speaker: Jason Wing
Text: Phil 3:1-3
Date: March 21st & 22nd, 2015
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recap: teaching points and scripture
BIG IDEA: GOD GIVES THE CHURCH LOVING LEADERS TO KEEP FALSE TEACHERS FROM TRUE BELIEVERS
3 Marks of False Teachers:
1. They teach that God accepts people based on their own ethnic status: (v2).
2. They teach that God accepts people based on their own righteous works: (v2).
3. They teach that God accepts people based on their own religious rituals: (v3).
3 Marks of True Believers:
1. They have a personal relationship with God:( v3).
2. They love to brag on Jesus: (v3).
3. They stop trusting in human works & religious rituals to make them right with God: (v3).
respond: discussion and action points
1. In Matthew, we’re told Jesus looked over the people with compassion because they were “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”(9:36). The church has a Great Shepherd, but we’re still sheep. Jesus shepherds us through shepherds, teachers and leaders who point us to life under The Shepherd. Without this, we’re still vulnerable, helpless, and prone to wander.
- Tell a story of a time when you weren’t shepherded by faithful leaders? What happened to your walk with Christ?
2. Paul tells us that there are people who are “dogs”, who want to point us away from Jesus and His sufficiency, and want to teach that our works bring us to God. In their context, it was circumcision. This was first, in the Old Covenant, a sign of the covenant with God. Overtime, it became a way to segregate and self-righteously assume one was reconciled and in relationship with God. Today, it isn’t circumcision, but there are many who teach various strands of “works salvation”: whether it’s wealth, perfect doctrine, social justice, all these things that are good things from God- money, correct thinking, and missional living, can become things we use to make God love us. This is not the gospel.
- What were, or are, some variances of this teaching you’ve believed before?
- What would happen to the family of God if she started to believe what she did is what saved her?
3. Paul ends with saying we worship because of the Holy Spirit’s power and we have no confidence in our abilities we glory in Christ (v3).
- Brag on Jesus together. What are ways He’s showing you He’s worth your confidence?