Sermon Study Notes: Joy In Obedience

We invite you to go deeper in your personal reflection and response to this week's sermon through these study notes and application questions. Take some time this week to read the sermon texts in their full context and study out on your own what we have been learning together at gathering.

If you have not had a chance to listen to the sermon, or if you need help as you work through the study this week, you can listen to the sermon here: Joy in Obedience

Sermon Text: 

Philippians 3:12-21

Additional Readings:

  • Jude 20, 21

  • John 15:9-11

  • John 3:30

Application Questions: 

  • In Philippians 3 Paul takes an account of his current spiritual state. Spend some time assessing your spiritual condition this week. In what ways are you being obedient? What commands from God in the Bible do you have more trouble keeping? How are you keeping up with your spiritual growth.

  • Remember, When you assess yourself that this is not about your justification before God in Christ but rather looking at how you are doing at living a life of obedience in response to the grace you have been given.  Read Philippians 3 with both of these things in mind, how do these work together in the Christian life?

  • When you take account of yourself and note your weaknesses and sin struggles, how does this also reveal God’s goodness and grace to you in your daily life?

  • After assessing your spiritual growth this week spend some time in daily prayer remembering and thanking God for his goodness and also asking for grace and help relying on his strength specifically in areas where you have identified your own weakness and need for his help.


Christ gives eternal joy not because of anything we do but because of who He is and what He has already done on the cross. - Shawn Vickers

Our prayer is that this sermon study guide will help you in your spiritual growth. As you read and pray through these passages, we encourage you to take your study into community as well. Talk to your friends and family about what you are learning and make sharing your faith a part of your growth in Him. We have a playlist on Spotify, including some of the songs we will be singing together at gatherings this Fall. If you'd like to listen to these songs at home or on the go you can listen on Spotify here.