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#getoveryourselfie (W4D1) Watch Out

Week 4. Monday: Watch Out

PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.

READ: Philippians 3:1-3

1 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. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 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—

UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words

  1. Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words.

  2. Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean.

Snapshot: In this passage Paul warns the Philippians to watch out for false teachers who claim to follow Christ but are actually following religious rules and traditions. This trouble with false teachers was a constant problem in the early church. Paul calls these false teachers dogs. He is not referring to pet dogs (Greek: kunarion) but rather wild, dirty, and vicious dogs (Greek: kyōn). These false teachers were trying to pull people away from the gospel and back into religious rituals. The same is true today. There will always be false teachers. Therefore, we must be on guard.

Takeaway: Our confidence is in our relationship, not our religion.

APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?

How does religion deceive us into thinking we’re better than we actually are?

How does religion interfere with our relationship with God?

PRAY: Ask God to help you focus on your relationship with Him and not religion.

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