Though the early church faced hostility, idolatry, and immorality all around, they obeyed and turned the world up-side-down for Christ.
Scripture: Philippians 3:1-11
- Though the early church faced hostility, idolatry, and immorality all around, they obeyed and turned the world up-side-down for Christ (Acts 17:6).
- There is a power at work in the church today, which is the same power seen in the cross.
- There is no limit to the effectiveness of God's vulnerability: it doesn't apply just to Jesus; it's also for us.
- All things, including evil, work together for good (Romans 8:28); when we are weak then we are strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).
- If we worship God rightly and are seized by the Holy Spirit, we cannot but live obediently before God.
- When Christ finished His work, He sat down to reign as King with all power and authority, everywhere in the world.
- Jesus is Lord, yet He continues to suffer (cf. Revelation 5:6). He identifies with the suffering of His people (Acts 9:4).
- The apostles recognized that it was an honour to identify with the suffering of Christ (Acts 5:40-42).
- Christ is of surpassing worth to you only if He is your Lord, and He is your Lord only if you obey Him.
- The work of God done outside of us is of worth to us only if He has also worked transformation inside us.
- We are to place our whole trust in His Lordship and not in our own.
- Paul says the symbol of circumcision was to represent faithfulness to our Lord and King; if we are unfaithful to the Lord, it's a false and useless sign.
- Though Paul was exemplary according to standards of Jewish righteousness, he considered it all worthless compared to knowing Christ.
- Paul's legalistic “righteousness” lead to confidence in himself; he gave up what he was holding onto, making Jesus Lord.
- Jesus calls us to share the burden of work together with Him (Matthew 11:27-30).
- We're called to trust in Christ who is yoked with us.
- If we are not following with Christ, we're going to bring unnecessary suffering on ourselves and miss His blessing.
- Partnering with Christ, we're blessed and we see fruit for our labour.
- As a church, we're called to fit into the body and to pull together.
- If we are disappointed or burdened, we are to come to Christ for strength and blessing.
- What is the significance of Christ's sitting at the right hand of the Father?
- Why would we see it as an honour and a blessing to suffer for Christ?
- What is the relationship between faith in Christ, the Lordship of Christ, and the way we live (personal ethics)?
- Do we trust in the things that we do, or do we trust in what Jesus did on our behalf?
- What does it look like to have faith and to trust in the power of Jesus?
- How would I explain the Glory of gaining Christ to an unchurched person?
- Am I willing to confess that Jesus is Lord?
- What do my actions say about who is Lord of my life?