Philippians 3:1-4:1 – Rejoicing in the Gospel! (day 14 of 21 days of prayer and fasting)

My sermon notes for Sunday, Jan. 21 as we continue our “21 days of prayer and fasting.” Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit


Philippians 3:1-4:1

Rejoicing in the Gospel.

We Got This!  I can do it because of what I have in the GOSPEL

(Day 14 of the 21 days of prayer and fasting)


As we have fasted and prayed the past 14 days I hope that we have looked deep within our heart to see who we are in Christ.  Hopefully we have seen afresh and a new WHO HE IS and WHO WE ARE based on WHO HE IS.  Hopefully, we have come to truly REJOICE IN THE LORD!

  • The joy of our salvation in Christ.
  • The joy of our relationship with Christ.
  • The joy of our service to Christ.



v. 1 – Rejoice in the Lord

  • Looks forward and summarizes Chap. 3

v. 4:1 – Stand firm thus in the Lord

  • Looks backward and summarizes Chap. 3.



Rejoicing that THAT THERE IS A TRUE Gospel– vv. 1-6

Rejoicing in Grace and not Works

Beware of the false (counterfeit Gospel)


  • Legalism – establishing requirements for salvation beyond obedience, repentance, and faith in Jesus Christ
  • What you must do to be saved and live the saved life.


Look out for anything that teaches different vv. 1-2

  • Dogs, evil doers, mutilators of the flesh.
  • Pretty clear that Paul takes the basis of true biblical conversion/salvation pretty serious.


Put no confidence in the flesh vv. 3-7

  • Who he was.  What he did.
  • His flesh…based on the law.  Apart from Christ


Count these things as loss v. 7

  • Worthless, meaningless
  • Put down, forget about, never take up.


The surpassing worth of knowing

  • Embrace the glories of the Gospel (Christ)



Rejoicing that JESUS IS THE TRUTH of the Gospel – vv. 7-10

The Lordship of Christ and His righteousness

Surpassing Worth of Knowing Christ Jesus my Lord


Gain Christ

  • Works, Law is rubbish


Righteousness through faith in Christ

  • From God
  • Depends on faith


That I may know Him

  • Power of His resurrection
  • By any means possible
    • Strive, follow, (Know, Grow, Go) My sanctification.  My perseverance
  • Continue in Him…until the resurrection of the dead



Rejoicing in the hope we have as we LIVE OUT THE TRUTH GOSPEL – vv. 11-4:1


By any means possible attain the resurrection from the dead v. 11


Not already obtained v. 12


Not perfect


I press on to make it my own

  • Here is where our spiritual life comes in.
  • The balance of bad works and good works


I forget what is lies behind v. 13


I strain forward to what lies ahead v. 13

  1. Already in Christ, but growing Christ
  2. Progressive sanctification
    1. Not there yet. Keep moving.  Growing everyday


Imitate faithful followers v. 17

  1. The idea of each one of us “making disciples”
  2. I am followings someone…someone is following me


Remain faithful to the GOSPEL v. :16

  1. Hold true to what we have attained
  2. Enemies of the cross
  3. Some will…some want.



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