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Pursue Jesus - Philippians 3:1-15

Mar 12, 2023    Andrew Pack

Pursue Jesus.

Philippians 3:1-15

3 Questions:

1. Why do we pursue Jesus?

2. How do we pursue Jesus?

3. What happens when we pursue Jesus?

1. Why do we purse Jesus?

In addition, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. To write to you again about this

is no trouble for me and is a safeguard for you.

Watch out for the dogs, watch out for the evil workers, watch out for those who mutilate

the flesh. For we are the circumcision, the ones who worship by the Spirit of God, boast

in Christ Jesus, and do not put confidence in the flesh—

(Philippians 3:1–3)

although I have reasons for confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he has

grounds for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised the eighth day; of the

nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; regarding the law,

a Pharisee; regarding zeal, persecuting the church; regarding the righteousness that is

in the law, blameless.

(Philippians 3:4–6)

But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ.

More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of

knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of him I have suffered the loss of all things and

consider them as dung, so that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a

righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the

righteousness from God based on faith.

(Philippians 3:7–9)

My goal is to know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his

sufferings, being conformed to his death, assuming that I will somehow reach the

resurrection from among the dead.

(Philippians 3:10–11)

2. How do we follow Jesus?

Not that I have already reached the goal or am already perfect, but I make every effort

to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers and

sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting

what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead,

(Philippians 3:12–13)

3. What happens when we purse Jesus?

I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.

Therefore, let all of us who are mature think this way. And if you think differently about

anything, God will reveal this also to you.

(Philippians 3:14–15)