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  • Writer's pictureMatt Beaney


What’s on your mind at the moment? What things are intruding on and filling your mind? What ‘conversation’ are you having with yourself? Take a moment to reflect on this and why.

Repetition of the right things is a ‘safeguard ‘ for us. Paul writes,

‘Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.’ (Philippians 3:1).

Paul urges them to ‘rejoice in the Lord’. He says that he is repeating this because it is a ‘safeguard’ for them. God wants us to understand that we are constantly vulnerable to moving away from Jesus. Now, we may still say Jesus’ name a lot in our worship and preaching, however, we can move away from God’s love and salvation by grace and move into a works mentality - earning our salvation or relying on our own discipline or answers that do not rest on the work of the Spirit.

Jesus, like Paul, gives us a similar safeguard when He said,

“Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:6)

If you’ve ever found yourself evaluating God’s love, His ability, His promises, His presence, your salvation, His ability to change you… by how you feel, then you need to apply the ‘safeguard’ by repeating and rejoicing in the Lord and His grace.


Repetition is a safeguard; let’s make it a habit to keep repeating the gospel to ourselves each day - it’s a safeguard to repeat these things. J. I. Packer wrote,

“We never move on from the gospel; we move on in the gospel.”

I make it a habit to begin my devotions at the beginning of each day by thanking God for my salvation in Jesus and turning to relevant texts and songs that come to mind. How do you set the course of your day on the gospel?




It might be good to begin with notices. Please share from this week’s Church News.

Suggested opener/Ice-breaker

Apart from your family members, dog/cat etc. if your home burnt down, what 2 things would you save and why?

Introduction - please share in your group

On Sunday we saw that Paul, used himself as an example of someone who could have put confidence in his good works and heritage for salvation. However, he has counted all self-confidence as ‘rubbish’ compared to the gift God God’s perfect righteousness that is ours through faith in Jesus.

We are all in danger of falling into legalism (trust in our performance) for salvation. God encourages us, through this text, to rejoice in and repeat the gospel to ourselves as a safeguard.

Discuss in your group

(Choose which questions to cover based on the time you have)

Please read Philippians 3:1 and discuss: Rejoicing in the Lord has an emphasis on remembering the gospel. Why and from what is this a ‘safeguard’?

Please read Philippians 3:2-3 and Discuss: Being the ‘true circumcision’ is short-hand for being God’s true people. What does Paul say are the marks of God’s people?

Please read Philippians 3:8-9 and discuss:

i) How does one become righteous?

ii) How should considering Jesus to be of ‘surpassing worth’ effect our lives?

Discuss/share/pray in smaller groups:

1. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about (maybe from Sunday's message or your bible reading this week)?

2. What will you do in response?

3. How can we pray for you?

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