Uncommon Joy on the Journey
Series: Uncommon Joy in All Seasons
Philippians: An Uncommon Joy in all Seasons
Week 3: Uncommon Joy on the Journey
Pastor Brandon Berg
Big Idea: The mark of a maturing Christ-follower is the choice to live His Uncommon Joy in all seasons
Righteousness Through Faith in Christ
"1Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. 2Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh."
Paul may be reacting to what he had already fought within the Galatian church- Christian Jews demanding that new converts to Christianity become circumcised (mutilate the flesh) and keep the law.
"3For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— 4though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless."
7But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Straining Toward the Goal
12Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
17Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
A finisher needs:
1. A process mentality
"[Spiritual Formation is] The process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of other people." - Dr. Robert Mullholland
2. Some grit
“For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it.”
Paul is saying, "The same grit and energy I used to destroy the church, is the same energy I’m using to develop the church"
3. A single focus
The word ‘No’ is a gloriously, holy word. Because when we say no to something good, it allows us to say ‘yes’ to something better.
4. A short memory
Paul said this: “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead..."
If we’re going to finish this race, we have to let go of our past, so our past will let go of us.
Endurance is key in the race toward Christ-likeness!
Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV
"Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith...”
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