Is Jesus Enough?
May 11, 2014 Series: Discovering UnExpected Joy
Topic: New Testament Passage: Philippians 3:1–3:11
Discovering UnExpected Joy
“Is Jesus Enough?”
Application Questions for Week 12
1. Read Philippians 3:1-11 again. What is the apex or high point of this section (verse 8)? What we value most we pursue with greatest passion. Honestly answer this question: What is of greatest value to you (being liked, being religious, being successful, or perhaps being secure and comfortable)? What do you believe you cannot live without?
2. What is the foundation of all true joy according to Philippians 3:1? Our section is really a warning to Christians to be on guard against those things that would rob our joy! Why do we need to maintain gospel-centered joy by continually having it cultivated in our lives (review Philippians 2:14 which exemplifies the logical fruit of a life without gospel-centered joy)?
3. What does Paul mean by the phrase “true circumcision” in verse 3 (cross reference Jeremiah 9:26, Romans 2:28-29)? What three things describe those who are of the true circumcision (Philippians 3:3)?
4. How does this section describe a person who is not a Christian (3:2 & 3:4-5)? What is the danger we are to be concerned about (3:3-5)? Why is this such a danger to us as Christians? Can you give personal testimony about a time when you slipped into thinking Jesus plus something means God is going to love me more or accept me more than in Christ alone (e.g. religious activities, moral actions, growing up in a certain church, etc.)?
5. It has been said, “It doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you’re sincere.” Would Philippians 3:1-11 lead us to agree or disagree with this statement? Why?
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