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Philippians 3

November 10, 2007

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

28 thoughts on “Philippians 3”

  1. Phil. 2 in summary

    Being like Christ is regarding one another as more important than ourselves.. not looking out just for our own needs but also for the needs of others.

    Phil 3 vs 2

    Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;

    for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,

    lol It has always amazed me that the male member should be so important an analogy between the Jew and the Gentile … the true believer and the false … I mean wasn’t there some other way to make the distinction … why that way … anyone know?

    Anyway I’m glad the true circumcision involves the “heart” 🙂

  2. Phil. 2 in summary

    Being like Christ is regarding one another as more important than ourselves.. not looking out just for our own needs but also for the needs of others.

    Phil 3 vs 2

    Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;

    for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,

    lol It has always amazed me that the male member should be so important an analogy between the Jew and the Gentile … the true believer and the false … I mean wasn’t there some other way to make the distinction … why that way … anyone know?

    Anyway I’m glad the true circumcision involves the “heart” 🙂

  3. This morning we sang this:

    When I survey the wondrous cross
    On which the prince of glory died
    My richest gain I count but loss
    And pour contempt on all my pride

    And I couldn’t help but think how similar it was to v.7-8

  4. This morning we sang this:

    When I survey the wondrous cross
    On which the prince of glory died
    My richest gain I count but loss
    And pour contempt on all my pride

    And I couldn’t help but think how similar it was to v.7-8

  5. Sorry to always be coming in on Monday or Tuesday. But I feed about 4,000 people on the weekends and am very busy. This week on Monday my wife Sherri is having surgery on her shoulder. It has been very painful for her for about 6 months. the first three months were going to various doctors before getting the diagnosis for surgery. Then only to break her wrist on the same arm, negating the surgery for 3 more months. Please pray for us. Hopefully I will be back soon with news.

  6. Sorry to always be coming in on Monday or Tuesday. But I feed about 4,000 people on the weekends and am very busy. This week on Monday my wife Sherri is having surgery on her shoulder. It has been very painful for her for about 6 months. the first three months were going to various doctors before getting the diagnosis for surgery. Then only to break her wrist on the same arm, negating the surgery for 3 more months. Please pray for us. Hopefully I will be back soon with news.

  7. Wow Nate … sure will pray.
    Let’s all pray right now.
    Lord God in heaven you are great and awesome and powerful. But even more spectacular and valuable than that, you love us and have compassion on us. Heal Sherri Lord … guide the medical teams to do well by her and make no errors. Heal her Lord and give wisdom and understanding to all involved… in Jesus name our brother and our mediator. Our amazing Saviour.

  8. Wow Nate … sure will pray.
    Let’s all pray right now.
    Lord God in heaven you are great and awesome and powerful. But even more spectacular and valuable than that, you love us and have compassion on us. Heal Sherri Lord … guide the medical teams to do well by her and make no errors. Heal her Lord and give wisdom and understanding to all involved… in Jesus name our brother and our mediator. Our amazing Saviour.

  9. v.15 And if on some point you think differently that too God will make clear to you.

    I love the way Paul leaves it up to God to make things clear to those who think differently.

  10. v.15 And if on some point you think differently that too God will make clear to you.

    I love the way Paul leaves it up to God to make things clear to those who think differently.

  11. First, My wife’s surgery went better than anticipated. They thought they would have to repair a torn rotator cup, big and bad. But it turned out to be bones spurs rubbing on her bicep tendon, fraying it like a worn rope. They removed the bone spurs and released her tendon. Now just a couple of weeks and she will be good as new. Thanks for the prayer.

    I had to read this chapter a couple of times. It did not seem to have any continuity in it. Or any real message at all. Then, reading it again, it kind of became clear. “Do not worry about the things here on earth, focus only on the things of heaven. The things of earth have no value, ‘or are dung to me.'” That is what I got out of the chapter.

    Along with how to tell the people that are not truly in the faith. Those that worry about their place etc..

  12. First, My wife’s surgery went better than anticipated. They thought they would have to repair a torn rotator cup, big and bad. But it turned out to be bones spurs rubbing on her bicep tendon, fraying it like a worn rope. They removed the bone spurs and released her tendon. Now just a couple of weeks and she will be good as new. Thanks for the prayer.

    I had to read this chapter a couple of times. It did not seem to have any continuity in it. Or any real message at all. Then, reading it again, it kind of became clear. “Do not worry about the things here on earth, focus only on the things of heaven. The things of earth have no value, ‘or are dung to me.'” That is what I got out of the chapter.

    Along with how to tell the people that are not truly in the faith. Those that worry about their place etc..

  13. So glad Sherri’s surgery went well Nate. Don’t worry about not getting here until Monday or Tuesday – happy for you to make it when you can.

    It has always amazed me that the male member should be so important an analogy between the Jew and the Gentile … the true believer and the false … I mean wasn’t there some other way to make the distinction … why that way … anyone know?
    I did read somewhere it was symbolic of God’s desire to have an intimate relationship with us, showing us that nothing is too personal or too private for God.

  14. So glad Sherri’s surgery went well Nate. Don’t worry about not getting here until Monday or Tuesday – happy for you to make it when you can.

    It has always amazed me that the male member should be so important an analogy between the Jew and the Gentile … the true believer and the false … I mean wasn’t there some other way to make the distinction … why that way … anyone know?
    I did read somewhere it was symbolic of God’s desire to have an intimate relationship with us, showing us that nothing is too personal or too private for God.

  15. v.10 I too want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection, I’m just not so sure about sharing in his sufferings though!

  16. v.10 I too want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection, I’m just not so sure about sharing in his sufferings though!

  17. v.7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.

    In v.5-6 Paul lists the "gains" he previously considered would make him "right" with God. Mostly these are good things! So often it is not the bad things that keep us away from God but the good things that we think will earn us credit with God.

  18. v.7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.

    In v.5-6 Paul lists the "gains" he previously considered would make him "right" with God. Mostly these are good things! So often it is not the bad things that keep us away from God but the good things that we think will earn us credit with God.

  19. v.8-9 that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

    This reminds me of the verse from the hymn, My hope is built on nothing less:

    Oh, may I then in Him be found
    Dressed in His righteousness alone.

  20. v.8-9 that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

    This reminds me of the verse from the hymn, My hope is built on nothing less:

    Oh, may I then in Him be found
    Dressed in His righteousness alone.

  21. v.12-14 but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal..

    Paul makes a decision to press on, letting go of the past – both difficulties and victories – and to keep keeping on.

  22. v.12-14 but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal..

    Paul makes a decision to press on, letting go of the past – both difficulties and victories – and to keep keeping on.

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