Weekend Bible Study

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2016

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Study Passage: Philippians 3:1-8

Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.

Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— though 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: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, 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.

  1. How do you define achievement or success?
  2. How can Paul count his efforts as “worthless” (v.7)?
  3. What are some ways you can apply this passage to your own life?

Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God to transform your ambitions and help you to rest in his approval of you through Christ.

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