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Phil 5 - Letting Go to Find God

Phil 3:1-11 - Paul shows us that only be counting his credentials as 'losses' is able to know Christ, and in turn, find Koinonia with others, including the Philippians.
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kyle meador

on 26 March 2016

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Transcript of Phil 5 - Letting Go to Find God

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. Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—though I myself have reasons for such confidence. [vs 1-4] If others think they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. [vs 4-6] But whatever were gains
to me I now consider loss
for the sake of Christ. [vs 7] What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, 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. [vs 8-9] I want to know Christ—
to know the power of his resurrection
and participation in his sufferings,
becoming like him in his death
ME You God You Us Difficult to maintain real/authentic/deep relationships New girlfriend every 3 months "Enough about you, let's talk about me" I discovered that what I do in one part of my heart affects my capacity for other things. We are taught to consume, to grab, to own, to use We have to learn to give in order to truly live. Giving is living.
This is about partnership, friendship, community, koinonia. Holding on to 'credentials' or assets or proofs or rights or power is divisive.
Paul says - look at those 'dogs' who make you take on something external. Look what I gave up to become your friend! I put that away, counted it as loss so that we could be friends. We see friendship, faith, treasures and accomplishments all as seperate compartments. Paul knows they all occupy space in the same room - the heart. All draw their energy, strength, focus from the same source. And if you take energy from your heart to build your career, to focus on what you've done or to be confident in your credentials, you'll have less room, less energy, less margin for true friendship. Paul follows in the pattern of Christ who was willing to relinquish any status, rights, priviledges, or credentials, in order to make room for partnering with humanity. Paul will say this other ways: Love trumps all. Suprisingly - this following in Christ's footsteps - reliquishing everything, embracing Christ, knowing Christ as Paul does - as one who served, suffered and sacrificed - leads to creating room for friendship, partnership, great joy and true life. Where are you holding on to something that takes away room or desire or willingness to engage deeply in friendship and partnership with others? Where do you let something have a protected place in your heart that pulls away energy and openness to God and others? [can't separate those apart] What would it look like if you were to count as loss anything else you prize or treasure and to love more than anything else - knowing Christ, sharing in his sufferings, hoping in the ressurection? Story - going to be baptized with your suitcase. Accounting Language Work Hobby Romance Dreams Success Work Hobby Romance Dreams Success Causes Friends Friends Family Family and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. [vs 10-11] Flushed down the toilet Make This Your Life Philippians
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