Philippians

Philippians 3:17-4:1

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Speaker: Jason Wing
Text: Phil 3:17-4.1
Date: April 25th and 26th, 2015
Theme: Philippians

reminders:

Anthologies
Anthologies is a storytelling project in the life of Apex that seeks to tell our stories as they tell God’s story. If you have a story you’d like to share of God’s work, whether it’s testimony, missional, everyday life, new creation, etc, please visit our page: apexanthologies.com, and fill out the form under the “contact” page. Questions? E-mail: anthologies@apexcommunity.org

recap: teaching points and scripture

BIG IDEA: FOR THE HEAVENLY CITIZEN, STANDING
FIRM DOES NOT MEAN STANDING STILL

The earthly conduct of a heavenly citizen includes:
1. WATCHING actively for Christ-like examples (vs 17)
2. WAITING expectantly for Christ’s return (vs 20)
3. WALKING differently than Christ’s enemies (vs 18-19)

respond: discussion and action points

For conversation and prayer:
1. The encouragement we receive from seeing the lives of other believers is oftentimes unmatched by the good things we can have like sermons, music, quiet times, etc. Life with other believers then is the best way to be encouraged by the lives of other believers. Paul tells the church to “keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example…” (v17).

  • What can happen if we lose sight of other believers by looking at ourselves or the world?
  • Tell a story of when the life of another believer- living or dead- encouraged you to follow Jesus.

2. We live in a world where there is not yet consensus on who Jesus is. This was the case even when Jesus walked the world. There will come a day when “every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord” (2:11), till then, we remember that there are “enemies of the cross of Christ.” (v18) Paul says he can’t even speak of them without crying (v18a).

  • Why do you think Paul calls them enemies of the “cross of Christ” rather than simply “enemies of Christ”?
  • The word enemy can seem harsh. But Paul tells us he weeps for those who stand opposed to the Gospel and God’s work through Jesus. How can we develop a similar heart for those who are opposed to the gospel?

3. Paul reminds us we’re not merely those who wander the earth. We are citizens of heaven, “and from it we await a Savior…who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body.” (vs20-21).

  • Why is it important to remember both truths that we’re citizens of God’s dwelling and that Jesus is going to not eject us to heaven, but will transform our bodies like his?
  • What does it mean that He is going to bring God’s dwelling here, to our bodies?

Recommended Resources
Philippians, NIV Application Commentary
Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians by
D.A. Carson

Philippians 3:12-16

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Speaker: Chad Osbourne
Text: Phil 3:12-16
Date: April 18th-19th, 2015
Theme: Philippians

reminders:

Anthologies
Anthologies is a storytelling project in the life of Apex that seeks to tell our stories as they tell God’s story. If you have a story you’d like to share of God’s work, whether it’s testimony, missional, everyday life, new creation, etc, please visit our page: apexanthologies.com, and fill out the form under the “contact” page. Questions? E-mail:
anthologies@apexcommunity.org

recap: teaching points and scripture

BIG IDEA: A Christian Must Learn to Live and Strive In The Tension of “Already & Not Yet”.

A Christian Has Already Been “Made Alive” But Has Not Yet Been Resurrected
A Christian Has Already Won the Race But Has Not Yet Crossed the Finished Line

"What the heart most wants the mind finds reasonable, the affections find desirable, and the will finds doable." - Tim Keller

The Christian Who Thinks “I've Already Matured” Has Not Yet Matured

I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am” - John Newton

respond: discussion and action points

For conversation and prayer:
1. Because of Jesus, we’ve been given freedom, righteousness, belonging, adoption, and new life. We have them now. But, we do not have them in their fullness. We already have them, but do not yet have them. It’s an interesting dilemma in the Christian’s life, but Paul looks at it squarely here. In verse 12, after mentioning the resurrection power we have and will receive, he says that he has not yet arrived there. Paul, of all people, said he hasn’t arrived. He is not yet perfect.

  • What are some of the dilemmas and difficulties if we believe “we’ve arrived” in the Christian life?
  • Why is it so important to keep both hands of “already” and “not yet” as part of our understanding of the Christian life?


2. While he isn’t perfect, it was no excuse for Paul to back off of pursuing Christ. Matter of it, he said that he “press[es] on to make it his own…”(v12). That word “press” has to do with total exertion. Not only does Paul know he hasn’t arrived, he is working his tail off. But his work, his effort, his striving doesn’t go to his head for one reason: Christ has already made him his own. In other words, Paul is working hard at the Christian life not to belong to Jesus, but because He belongs to Jesus (v12b).

 

  • What is the difference between doing things to belong to Jesus vs. doing things because you belong to Jesus?
  • What does it mean to belong to Jesus?


3. In response to this, Paul says that he lives his life “forgetting what lies behind...”

  • Think about Paul’s life. What lies behind? Think about your life. What lies behind? 

He says he is “straining forward to what lies ahead…the upward call of God in Christ.”

  • What does it mean to strain forward toward Christ?

Philippians 3:4-11

RESHEET

Speaker: Jason Wing
Text: Phil 3:1-3
Date: March 21st & 22nd, 2015
Theme: Philippians

reminders: 

Anthologies
Anthologies is a storytelling project in the life of Apex that seeks to tell our stories as they tell God’s story. If you have a story you’d like to share of God’s work, whether it’s testimony, missional, everyday life, new creation, etc, please visit our page: apexanthologies.com, and fill out the form under the “contact” page. Questions? E-mail: anthologies@apexcommunity.org

recap: teaching points and scripture

BIG IDEA: For the Christian, Knowing Christ is the one thing better than anything.

Those who know Christ...
1. have thrown out their own religious resume (vs 7-8)
2. have received God’s gift of righteousness (vs 9)
3. want to share in the powerful and painful parts of Christ’s life (vs10-11)

Questions: Do you experience the power and pains of Christ
1. Do you experience the power and the pains of Christ’s life?
2. What would you write on your religious resume?
3. Have you accepted the gift of Christ’s righteousness through faith?

respond: discussion and action points 

For conversation and prayer:

1. In the west, we’re obsessed with accomplishments. Most of our system of value is centered on “what have you done?” While it is important to live in a way that positively affects the world, we overextend this to say, “You’re not anybody until you’ve done something.” Paul says something similar in v3-6 when he establishes his list of accomplishments. For his time, it was both extensive and impressive.

  • If you had to show someone why you had confidence, what accomplishments would you mention? In verse 7, Paul turns the script in on itself. He says that whatever he has, done, or is, it’s all loss compared to Jesus.
  • Take the listen you mentioned a moment ago. Or, take the frustration of not having one. How is Jesus better than the pride of our accomplishments or the frustration of not having any?

2. Paul says something startling in this text. He says knowing Jesus is better than anything. More than that, knowing Jesus has surpassing worth. Think about what has value and worth in your life. Consider Jesus. Paul puts forth something the entire Scriptures talk of: either Jesus is the maker, and therefore a bigger deal, of everything, or he’s a nobody. There is no in between. To know the Jesus of the Bible is to know the One who is more valuable, beautiful, faithful, and worthy of our attention than anything or anyone.

  • What is difficult about this text?
  • What is helpful and joyous about this text?
  • How can we enjoy the things and people God’s given us in such a way that it shows others these things don’t have ultimate value, but knowing Jesus does?

3. Where have you placed your confidence on a day to day basis? Is it in your resume or in Jesus? 

Philippians 3:1-3

RESHEET

Speaker: Jason Wing
Text: Phil 3:1-3
Date: March 21st & 22nd, 2015
Theme: Philippians

reminders:

Anthologies
Anthologies is a storytelling project in the life of Apex that seeks to tell our stories as they tell God’s story. If you have a story you’d like to share of God’s work, whether it’s testimony, missional, everyday life, new creation, etc, please visit our page: apexanthologies.com, and fill out the form under the “contact” page. Questions? E-mail: anthologies@apexcommunity.org

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?