The Believers Life Style Bible Study
No Confidence In The Flesh
May 6, 2020
Scripture: Philippians 3:1-11
Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. *If you were to update your resume today, what recent accomplishment would you want to include?
  2. What do you feel are your most valuable skills and gifts?
  3. How do you feel when someone is better than you at something you do well?

Explore It

  1. What did Paul call on believers to do? (3:1)
  2. Why did Paul repeat essential truths to the Philippians? (3:1)
  3. What did Paul say about certain false teachers? (3:2)
  4. Whom did Paul identify as “true”? (3:3)
  5. *What autobiographical facts did Paul give? (3:4-6)
  6. In what sense was Paul not boasting, even though he was calling attention to his accomplishments? (3:7-9)
  7. *Why did Paul view his former accomplishments as “rubbish”? (3:8)
  8. *What was Paul’s status in Christ? (3:9)
  9. What longings did Paul admit to the Philippians? (3:10-11)
  10. What hope did Paul express? (3:11)

Get It

  1. What sorts of things tend to draw you away from Christ?
  2. *What do you usually boast about?
  3. Why do we tend to base our worth as Christians on our performance?
  4. *Why should our identity and confidence be in the Lord?
  5. How is the Apostle Paul’s commitment to Christ an example to you?

Apply It

  1. *What do you need to start counting as rubbish for the sake of Christ?
  2. When you face struggles this week, how can you remember to rejoice rather than complain?


All for Christ

Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! For we are the circumcision, who worship [a]God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain[b] to the resurrection from the dead.

No Confidence In The Flesh