Discussion Questions for November 26, 2017

Philippians 3:1-9

What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize the big ideas thus far in Philippians?

2. Who are the “dogs”, “evildoers” and “those who mutilate the flesh” and how does Paul want us to understand them?

3. How are they contrasted with the Philippians?

4. What does it mean to “put no confidence in the flesh”?

5. What reason does Paul have in mentioning all of these things in verses 4–6? Why does it seem that Paul isn’t merely neutral about his background?

6. What does it mean to consider everything a loss that he may gain Christ?

7. What does Paul mean when saying “Knowing Christ Jesus My Lord”?

8. What does it mean to be “found in” Christ? How is this related to being righteous?

9. How would you paraphrase Philippians 3:1-9?

How does it apply?

1.    Why is justification by faith alone, with nothing added, important?  What makes it difficult?

2.   Describe what life looks like for someone depending on their own efforts to become righteous?  What’s it look like?  What’s it feel like?  

3.   Describe what life looks like for someone who has been declared righteous through faith alone?  What’s it look like?  What’s it feel like?  

4.   How do you see yourself putting confidence in your achievements?  What things are you hesitant to lose or count as rubbish for the sake of Christ? Why? 

5.   What things do you do/can you do to see Christ’s surpassing worth more clearly? 

6.   Make a list of situations, events, or choices over the past few months that show God is transforming you from the inside out. That you are counting more things as rubbish (relative to Christ).  Take time to pray and celebrate and thank God for working in and through you.