This sermon was based on Philippians 3:1-11
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. 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.
Christians Can Have a Deep Confident Faith
- We are the restored people of God – built around Jesus.
- We are bringers of hope to the world.
- We are worshipping by the Spirit of God with hearts changed to live for God.
- Our faith is built on confidence in the person of Jesus.
Confidence in the Wrong Things
- Paul warns against those who put their confidence in outwards signs but show no sign of inner change. Confidence in following rules or behaving the right way is misplaced.
- Paul had many things he could have found confidence in. He was born into the right family, he was raised in the correct religious way. He knew the scriptures and was a teacher of them. He lived out the law and pointed out to others when they were not, persecuting the church.
- Putting his confidence in any of these things would have been misplaced confidence.
Confidence in the Right Thing
Knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and that we are found in him.
Know the power of his resurrection – Become like him in death.
Paul’s confidence switches from what he has achieved to what Jesus has achieved.