#190 – WHAT POWER DO YOU HAVE? (11/9/20)
Do you have thoughts of yourself as weak and incompetent? When and about what do you have this kind of thinking?
Knowing Jesus involves receiving the gift of righteousness by faith as we saw yesterday. However, when God justifies us, we are also united to Christ by the Spirit and experience resurrection power. The power of a new life enters us and transforms our love for God, love for others and our entire approach to life. Paul writes,
‘I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.’ (Philippians 3:10-11)
It’s a lie to believe that one can be in a relationship with God and yet not have our lives turned upside down for His glory. If you are a Christian, resurrection power is at work in you! You have all you need to grow and all you need to do all that He calls you to do.
We would be wrong to think of the Spirit’s power in us in a triumphalist manner. Suffering is a part of the normal Christian life because we are called to be like Jesus (as we saw in 2:5-11). However, there is promise in our suffering; suffering according to God’s will, as He leads us, leads to fruitfulness, our transformation and will result in ‘resurrection from the dead’ when Jesus comes again.
If you are a Christian, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in you! That’s incredible and so hopeful.
Perhaps you might like to meditate on the words of Paul that speak of knowing the resurrection power we have and that we need to have confidence in.
'I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead…’ (Ephesians 1:18-20
COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY - THE SURPASSING WORTH OF JESUS.
It might be good to begin with notices. Please share from this week’s Church News.
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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