No Disciples Without Discipline!

Discipline is spoken of in Proverbs from multiple perspectives. 1. Quite often, parents are being addressed and instructed to discipline their children: Discipline your children, for in that there is hope . . . (19:18). 2. There are also quite a few passages where everyone in general is addressed and encouraged to accept discipline inContinue reading “No Disciples Without Discipline!”

Press On!

You can find two types of people at the gym. The first group is easily identifiable. They are the ones huffing and puffing, sweating, possibly grunting, or making other noises. They are the people who came to the gym to work out. They are pushing themselves because well . . . that’s the whole pointContinue reading “Press On!”

Knowing Christ (3)

We’ve discussed how knowing Christ means 1) we find our central identity and status in Him, 2) understanding the power of His resurrection, and 3) proclaiming, rehearsing, and displaying His redemptive suffering in our lives. But how do we do that last one? Is it simply through sitting in comfortable assemblies, eating the bread andContinue reading “Knowing Christ (3)”

Knowing Christ (2)

Paul goes on to contrast the righteousness that comes through faith in Christ with that which comes through the law (v. 9). He’s already told us that he was “faultless” or “blameless” in regard to possessing a righteousness from the law (v. 6). He’s certainly not saying he was perfect (as an understanding of theContinue reading “Knowing Christ (2)”

Knowing Christ (1)

Philippians 3:7-11 is a powerful text because it discusses what it means to know Christ. Jesus said in John 17:3, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” To know Jesus in a relational way (rather than simply knowing about Him) is to possessContinue reading “Knowing Christ (1)”

No Confidence In The Flesh

Paul talks about confidence in the flesh in Philippians 3:3-4. He speaks of disciples as those who put “no confidence in the flesh” (v. 3). Then in the next verse he uses the phrase two more times as he argues he has a greater basis for “confidence in the flesh” than anyone else. What exactlyContinue reading “No Confidence In The Flesh”

A Church That Looks Like Jesus

It seems as if there were some relational fractures among the disciples at Philippi. A couple of sisters in the Lord were estranged (4:2-3), and Paul’s words of 1:27 and 2:1ff, are all indicative of some struggles along these lines. What Paul touches upon in 1:27, he more fully develops in chapter 2. Our interestContinue reading “A Church That Looks Like Jesus”

Loving God Gloriously

Paul’s prayer for the disciples at Philippi was “that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that you may discern what is best” (1:9-10). I think it’s safe to say this isn’t a prayer we hear every day and for most of us, it’s not something we personallyContinue reading “Loving God Gloriously”