Summary: Paul knew Christ because of his experince on the Road to Damascus (Acts 9). But he also wanted to know him more. Do we rally know Him?
Do You Know Him?
Text: Philippians 3:7-11
How far have you gone in your relationship with God? The devil would like for us to believe that we
can do nothing spiritually and yet, prosper spiritually. It is dangerous to believe that we know as
much about God as we will ever know and that we are as close to God as we will ever be. It is
dangerous to fail to seek spiritual guidance, renewal, growth, and revelation from the scriptures. In
addition, it would be ridiculous to think that God is not calling each one of us to a deeper, more personal relationship with Himself.
In his sermon, Chosen to Change the Atmosphere, T.D. Jakes addresses the overconfident attitude
of many concerning their relationship with God. He states that, “Perhaps the greatest deception that
satan has released on this generation is a false sense of security and contentment. He goes on to say.
“The problem with this generation is that we have decided that we know God. We do not know God.
We know church. We know protocol. We know Greek. We know Hebrew. And we know each other.
But…we do not know God. I wonder do you know Him?
The point is, that there is such depth to the character of God and such depth to an experience with
God, that to think we have gone far enough in our relationship with the Lord is a great error in judgment.
The apostle Paul, a man who surely had a genuine experience with God, expresses his great desire
to further his knowledge of his Lord and Savior when he says in our text, “That I may know Him. “It
was his desire to have a full and complete relationship with Jesus Christ.
In particular, there are three (3) dimensions of this relationship that Paul wanted to explore.
Do You Know Him?
Philippians 3:10 …that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of
How far have you gone in your relationship with Jesus?
3 Dimensions of knowing Him in Philippians 3:10
1. The Personal Dimension (vs:10a)
That I may know Him.
Know – recognize, identify, be familiar with
a. Personal Relationship – you must be introduced
He is my Savior I Timothy 4:10
He is my Shepherd John 10:14 (I know His voice)
He is my Supplier Philippians 4:19
b. Person Experience
When I am weak He is strong
When I fall He lifts me
When I fail He forgives me
When I am lost he’s the way
When I’m afraid God is my courage
When I stumble He steadies me
When I hurt He heals me
When I am broken He mends me
When I am blind He leads me
When I am hungry He feeds me
When I face trials God is with me
When I am persecuted He shields me
When I face loss He provides for me
2. The Powerful Dimension (vs:10b)
That I may know…the power of His resurrection
John 11:25 I am The Resurrection and The Life
We must know God in His Omnipotency
God is strength and power
God is mighty
God is sovereign
God is a consuming fire
God is awesome
He is the King of all kings
Jeremiah 32:17 There is nothing too difficult for God in His Power
No promise too hard for the Lord to keep
No prayer too hard for God to answer
No problem too hard for Him to solve
No person too hard for God to save
HE IS ALL POWERFUL
Heal the sick
Restore the sight
Deliver from demon’s
Wake the lame to walk
The dumb to speak
3. The Painful Dimension (vs:10c)
That I may know …The fellowship of His sufferings
Not His sufferings on the cross
He learned OBEDIENCE by the things He suffered
He was bruised and brought healing
He was pierced and eased pain
He was persecuted and brought freedom
They mocked Him - He didn’t open His mouth
They spat on Him - He forgave them
They beat Him - He didn’t retaliate
Pain - Make you bitter or better
Pain of divorce
Pain of finances
Pain of past
Pain of drugs
Pain of children
Pain of health
Pain of abuse
Pain of rejection
You should know The Lord as your Savior
Who liberates from sin
You should know The Lord as the Shepherd
Who leads the sheep
You should know The Lord as the Supplier
Who loves his servants
You should know The Lord as the Sovereign One
Who lifts suffering
I WONDER DO YOU KNOW HIM?