Philippians 3:15-16: A Mature Mindset
February 16th, 2020

15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 16 however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.


Introduction


Paul encouraged us to press on, to pursue after Jesus, run closely after Him, follow in His footsteps, letting Him pace us.


15 Let us therefore,


Now Paul presents the life application of what he has just said. And he starts with an encouragement to all the Philippian Church.


as many as are perfect,


Many translations use the word mature here.


In this context, maturity does not refer to chronological age.


The mature have devoted themselves to running the race.


According to Hebrews 5:14-6:9, this maturity has effects:

  1. Prepares for the solid food
  2. Allows God to minister to us
  3. Strengthens our hope and faith as we run our race God’s way.
  4. Have our senses trained to discern good and evil.
  5. Realize the full assurance of hope until the end
  6. Not be sluggish
  7. Through faith and patience inherit the promises.

So in these New Testament passages, we come to understand what Paul means by “mature” here, and what a “mature” Christian life looks like.

When Paul uses this word, in this context, it is a call to self-examination.


The mature have embraced this point of view, and Paul encourages them to keep on embracing the view that life is about running their race, deepening their relationship with Jesus.


and if in anything you have a different attitude,


We still have the flesh to contend with. There’s always something in us that wants to raise itself against God and say, “but I want my own way”.


God will reveal that also to you;


More revelation from God is needed.


Sometimes our tendency to let the flesh rise up is difficult for us to see.

Jerimiah 17:9-10a The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?10“I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind,”


God is able to search our hearts.


We should want God to search our hearts. It’s to our advantage that God search our hearts.


Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.


16 however, let us keep [k]living by that same standard to which we have attained.


We run in humble obedience!


So running our race has everything to do with this marvelous relationship with Christ within us being strengthened as we run.


Our race also has to do with extending this marvelous relationship outward toward each other by our actions.


And remember that Paul, in Philippians continually ties this inner transformation as we walk with Jesus, and the outward expression of this transformation as we minister to each other in unity and humility to the super-over-flowing Joy that it brings.


to which we have attained


Paul is encouraging us to keep up the pace


Paul is urging us not to fall behind.


Paul is warning us not to fall away.





Sunday Sermon
February 9th, 2020

A message from the Gideon’s and Pastor Bill Smith





Philippians 3:7-11: That I may know Him
February 2nd, 2020

7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of 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 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead


Paul said that he, at one time, had put his confidence in the flesh.


This week, we get the “after the makeover” picture. Paul’s attitude now.


Paul says: The very things that I formerly regarded and considered true gains to me, in which I had placed my trust, I have come to regard a harmful loss, for the sake of Christ.


Paul is signifying that he counts them all together as one big loss.


We tend to put confidence in the earthly blessings of God, instead of in God Himself.


Paul says what is more, I continue, up to this very day to count these things as loss.


There’s a big difference between knowing about Christ, and knowing Christ personally.


Paul had suffered the loss of all things.


And when he considers his ever more full knowledge of Christ, and especially his future full knowledge of Christ, he can only look at these former things as garbage.


But the righteousness that Paul has now is a status of being right with God that comes about as God’s free gift (Rom 3:21).


The power of His resurrection is the power of God. The life-giving power which He manifested in raising Jesus from the dead.


The same power which he now manifests in the new life which the Christian receives.

Fellowship of His sufferings


When we focus on our suffering, we look away from Jesus.


When we focus on Jesus, we look at our suffering rightly.


Our present sufferings are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed when we see Jesus (Rom 8:18).


Paul emphasizes the fellowship of his sufferings—how this identification with Christ in his sufferings is how we experience the Power of God to get us through it.


It’s one of the primary means that God uses to demonstrate His power in our lives by getting us through these things


Our our experience of God’s power in our lives, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, makes us want to get to know Him more.


The sufferings are the very thing that works ultimately to conform us to Christ’s death.


This identification with Christ in dying to ourselves puts the focus on the purpose of the dying. The purpose of dying to ourselves is so that we may identify with Christ in his death.