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The Gospel Changes What We Are Confident About


Philippians 3:1-6


“In a word, Wormwood, help him to become more religious, but for Hell’s sake, not more Christian!”  -W. Martin, Screwtape Writes Again


The Christian life is meant to be a life of _____________ relationship with the Living God; a life in which the power of the Holy Spirit helps us abide in Jesus and that overflows into bearing much fruit.


The basis of our confidence: _____________________!   V. 1a


-2 Timothy 1:12


Rejoicing in the Lord Actually ___________ Believers!   V. 1b


Three ways rejoicing in the Lord protects believers:


1.         Rejoicing in the Lord protects believers from the discouraging effects of a _______________ spirit.  2:14


2.         Rejoicing in the Lord protects believers from the deadening influence of ____________________!                   V. 2-3


Anything you do or say that draws attention away from Christ’s accomplished _________________ is the worst kind of wickedness.


The Judaizers insistence that full salvation didn’t come without circumcision showed their confidence was in works men do rather than the work of Christ!                     See Acts 15:5-11


3.         Rejoicing in the Lord protects believers from the damning mistake of misplaced ___________________    V. 3b-6



“For both circumcision and uncircumcision mean nothing; what matters instead is a new creation.”                    -Galatians 6:15


Things I have sometimes placed ahead of confidence in Christ:


Circle all that apply:


Being a good person


Growing up in a religious home


Going to a Christian school or college


Cultural/ Ethnic background


Being more active in church than others 


Having walked the church aisle to the front


Having been baptized 


Being a tither


Being better than others


Being a Baptist 


Being a Tabernacle member  


The good deeds I’ve done


The gospel sharing I’ve done


The church ministry positions I’ve held



Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and  be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness that is from God by faith.    -Philippians 3:8-9