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A Call to Joy

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  1. If you look back on to your life, your achievements, honours, privileges, what are some things you have treasured or benefited from?
 
  1. Read Philippians 3:1-6. The second half of the letter is introduced with verse 1. It may seem a little cut off from what follows. What is the connection between “rejoice in the Lord” and the warnings which follow?
 
  1. Ethnic membership for a male Jew was circumcision. However, who are the “true circumcision” (v.3)?
 
  1. What are some accomplishments, or aspects of personal or religious heritage, that we use to make ourselves acceptable?
 
  1. Read Philippians 3:1-11. What are Paul’s “profits” and “losses”?
 
  1. How do you respond to Paul’s statement that “knowing Christ Jesus as my Lord” surpasses everything (v.8)?
 
  1. What does your “balance sheet” look like? What would be on your “accomplishments and achievements” side? Does knowing Christ really outweigh everything?
 
  1. What relationship does Paul draw between resurrection and suffering (v.10-11)?
 
  1. What is your takeaway from this study?