Pursuing Christ Alone

Philippians 3:1-11

October 30th - November 5th

Warm Up: What are you really “pursuing” in this season of your life? Take some time to personally consider this question.  After a few minutes of reflection, ask yourself: What [if anything] am I willing to lose? What am I hoping to gain in following after these pursuits?

Take all these pursuits and lay them at the foot of the Cross. Ask the Lord to sanctify them and align them with His will.

  • Read Philippians 3:1-6 aloud. Where had Paul previously placed his confidence for a right standing with God? Do you think that all of us, at times, can fall into the trap of putting confidence in our list of accomplishments? How freeing is it to put your confidence in what Christ has done?
  • Read Philippians 3:7-9 silently. Quietly, and in a time of individual prayer, allow the Holy Spirit to seal these verses into your heart. Ask Him to reveal in your heart and life what is impeding you from moving from the “message” to the “mission” of these verses.
  • Read Philippians 3:10-11 aloud. The big idea here is that our number one pursuit should be Christ! Pastor George gave us some stepping-stones related to how to accomplish this in our lives. Take some time to discuss and encourage each other about how this may look in your lives:
  • Bringing your current pursuits [job, parenting, hobbies, finances, relationships] under Christ … 
  • Who is ultimately on the throne of your heart? Jesus or me?
  • Am I willing to die to self? (Ephesians 4:22-24 / Galatians 2:20)

How do you plan to specifically pursue Christ this week based upon what

you’ve just discussed? 

Wrap Up: Read Philippian 3:1. Paul says to rejoice in the Lord! Remember, Paul wrote these words in a Roman prison cell. He knew what it was to experience suffering for the gospel, yet he also knew that he was truly free in Christ. Rejoice in prayer for the life you have in Jesus and ask for the grace to know Him more! Ask the Lord for the courage to share with Jesus in HIs sufferings, even becoming like him in His death.