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The Right Resolution

December 30, 2018 Speaker: Chad Morris Series: Guest Speakers

Topic: Christian Growth Passage: Philippians 3:7–3:11

What should your New Year’s resolution be this year?
"I’m going to better prioritize my life for Jesus."

In Philippians 3:1-6, Paul talks about the foolish confidence he had in his ability to live righteously before he became a believer. 

What can we learn from Paul’s incorrect thinking?

- We can view life the wrong way. We can emphasize the wrong things. (Philippians 3:6)
- There are things that are profitable and things that are detrimental to me. (Philippians 3:7-8)
- Decision and determination are required to live accurately. (Philippians 3:7-8) Paul changes verb tenses to reflect that he made a decision in the past and continues to carry it into the present. 

Why should we make this resolution? What will be the outcome? (Philippians 3:8-11)

I should resolve to prioritize my life for Christ so that...

1. I can gain [profit] Christ.
- I can know Him better. He IS real!

2. I can be found in Him. (Philippians 3:9)
- I can’t gain righteousness in my own strength, possessions, or abilities. 
- Don’t take confidence in the flesh.
- Our righteousness comes only from Christ. 
- I can find my identity in Christ. (Philippians 3:9)
- Who am I trying to please? Self? Others? In what do I boast? 
- If we identify with Christ, He will affect our priorities. 

4. I can know Him. (Philippians 3:10)
- Knowing Christ has surpassing value. (Philippians 3:8)
- Sometimes the hardest things for a Christian are reading the Bible, praying, & meditating. 
- There is a progressive depth of knowledge in our relationship with Christ. 
- The knowledge of Christ is realized through circumstances. You must have shared experiences with Jesus in life’s circumstances. (John 17:3)
- The more time you spend with Him, the better you’ll know Him.
- Do you want to know Jesus more than anything?
- Paul wanted to know the power of Christ’s resurrection. He wanted to know about this power that can work mightily in us. He wanted to experience it. 
- Paul wanted to know the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings. We cannot really know Jesus unless we also know suffering. I must follow Him through times of trouble and tribulation. (2 Timothy 2:11) We know His resurrection power during times of suffering.

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