Sermon Study Notes: Joy in Righteousness

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 Righteousness

Sermon Text:

Philippians 3:1-11

Additional Readings:

  • Matthew 10:37-39

  • Jeremiah 9:23-24

  • 1 Corinthians 15:19

  • Ephesians 1:3

Application Questions:

  • In Philippians 3:8 Paul talks about counting everything as loss for the sake of knowing Christ. What does it mean to count everything as lost, not just physically but also in your fundamental values system.

  • What things are you valuing in yourself or striving for apart from knowing Jesus Christ?

  • When we believe, Christ gives us His righteousness in place of our own. But it doesn't stop there, we do not have to live with only a vague knowledge of God until we get to heaven, but we can know Him in deeper ways now. What things do you do each week (or each day) to deepen your knowledge of and love for God?

  • Our knowledge about God is consistently transformed into knowing Him more experientially. Knowing this, what steps should you be taking both to know God more and to love Him more?

  • On Sunday, Erik reminded us that Christ did not just destroy the punishment for sin but also destroyed sin's power over us. What does this mean for you in  your daily life and struggle against sin?


The extended quote Erik referenced from Charles Spurgeon can be found in its entirety in Spurgeon's sermon titled Do You Know Him? You can read it here.

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot
How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is simple but demanding. It is that we turn each Truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God. - J.I. Packer
The whole Christian life is built on the truth that Christ himself is the only true treasure. - Erik Ripley

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.