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Summary: Let’s just consider what Paul said to us for a moment: (paraphrased) "Everything I have; everything I have acquired; everything I am ... is nothing compared to Jesus." Is this the cry of your heart? Is this how you lead your life as well?

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Philippians Sermon Series, Part 11

Philippians 3:1-8

Introduction

- Last time we examined two men known for their faithfulness

-- A young man named Timothy who was close to Paul in the faith

-- Timothy’s name means, “One who honors God.”

- Young men like Timothy, in the first century, were not “a dime a dozen.”

-- Paul said, “I have no man like-minded”; he was an obedient servant

- We also met a man named Epaphroditus

-- He called Epaphroditus, “brother, fellow worker, fellow soldier, and minister”

-- Warren Wiersbe said about Epaphroditus: “He was a balanced Christian!”

- The picture that Paul gives us of Epaphroditus is of a worthy man

-- He was a man who was willing to roll up his sleeves and work for the Lord

-- He was a man who was willing to risk even his life in service for Christ

-- APP: He was a man who was more concerned about what he could give than get

- Today we will examine some warnings from Paul, especially in how we live

- No Slides and this is a two part message … COME BACK WEDNESDAY

- Read Philippians 3:1-8

∆ Point 1 – Be on Guard

- Notice Paul’s word use here, it is very specific and very clear:

-- Beware; in the Greek it means, “Have your eye on; be advised and on alert”

-- But look how Paul addresses those to be aware of: “the dogs”

- Regarding the dogs … it is those impure persons “I have told you often”

-- He is really driving it home when he refers to “enemies of the cross of Christ”

-- Reference: Philippians 3:18, “For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.”

- The Jews regarded the Gentiles as "dogs"; Matthew 15:26, “He replied, “It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs.”

-- But by their (Jews) own unbelief … THEY have ceased to be the true Israel!

-- IMP: They have become the dogs Paul warns against; legalistic and flesh-based

- He also calls them “evil workers, mutilators of the flesh”

-- 2 Corinthians 11:13 refers to these same people as, “deceitful workers”

-- Not just "evildoers" … but men who worked against God

-- These are folks who worked serving not our Lord, but their own needs

-- Romans 16:18, “For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.”

- Isaiah also called these false prophets lazy dogs

-- Isaiah 56:10, “Israel's watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep.”

- They are dogs, for their malice against faithful professors of the gospel of Christ

-- They are called dogs due to their actions: rebellion, barking, biting them

-- They urged human works in opposition to the faith of Christ

- When we are sanctified we DESIRE to work for Christ; not other way around


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