Summary: TONIGHT I want to talk to you about the overwhelming preciousness of knowing Christ. The Christian life isn’t just about being good or following the rules – it’s about knowing Him personally.
THE OVERWHELMING PRECIOUSNESS OF KNOWING CHRIST
KEY TEXT: “Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One)… [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death.” (Philippians 3:8,10, Amplified Bible).
TONIGHT I want to talk to you about the overwhelming preciousness of knowing Christ. The Christian life isn’t just about being good or following the rules – it’s about knowing Him personally.
THE STORY OF SAUL:
“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting…” (Acts 9:1-5).
PERSONAL PRAYER LIFE & JOURNEY:
1. First saved, learned about – “7 steps to prayer that brings results.” It was just about formulas about ’how to pray’.
2. Now – knowing Him! “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalm 42:1-2).
• “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory.” (Psalm 63:1-2).
HOW DO WE GET TO KNOW GOD BETTER?
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION TIME – HAVE YOUTH COME UP WITH TOP 3 THINGS WE CAN DO TO GET TO KNOW GOD BETTER.
CLOSING CHALLENGE: Do you know Jesus?
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6).
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20).
There is nothing more important or precious in the Christian life than getting to know Jesus better. Let this be your determined purpose, like it was for Paul!