Week 4. Wednesday: Knowing Christ
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Philippians 3:7-9
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words.
Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean.
Snapshot: In this passage Paul tells us that nothing is as important as “the surpassing worth” (incomparable worth) of knowing Christ personally. For Paul, the goal of the Christians life is to know and gain Christ personally. This is a stark contrast to Paul’s former life of religious tradition and ritual. Our goal is not religious recognition or even rewards in heaven. Knowing Christ and receiving His righteousness is the ultimate goal.
Takeaway: Our self-righteous deeds cannot compare to knowing Christ.
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
What does it mean to “know Christ”?
How should knowing Christ change how you view yourself?
How should knowing Christ change what is important to you?
PRAY: Ask God to help you stay focused on knowing Him more.