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Waste Disposal

Philippians 3:7-8

Spiritual pride is dangerous rubbish.

Covered by Christ

Philippians 3:8b-9

It is not enough just to repent of wrong. We need to have a new kind of righteousness from God.

In-Depth Relationship

Philippians 3:10-11

Paul had met the living Lord Jesus on the Damascus road (see Acts 9:1-9). He knew Christ's presence and had suffered many things because he followed Jesus (see 2 Cor 11:23-29).

Work in Progress

Philippians 3:12

No Christian, in their right mind, would dream of comparing themselves with the Apostle Paul. He was given such wisdom and courage, and even dared to hold himself as an example to the churches.

Still on Track

Philippians 3:13-14

The great Apostle Paul admitted that he had not yet grasped all that Jesus Christ wanted for him.

Still 'On Message'

Philippians 3:15-16

The advertising industry and politicians have learnt that inconsistent communication does more harm than good.

Apostolic Example

Philippians 3:17

Christian maturity does not come automatically, nor simply with the passage of time. Three essential inputs are required: teaching, example and discipline.

Dangerously Low Horizon

Philippians 3:18-19

It would be nice to think that everybody is a friend of God, but alas that is not true. Whatever people say, everybody is either living as a friend or an enemy of the cross of Christ.

Great Expectations

Philippians 3:20-21

True Christians are only temporary residents on earth; but while they are here, they have already been accepted as citizens of heaven.

Positive Encouragement

Philippians 4:1

Like wise parents wishing their children to excel as they grow up, the Apostle Paul is watching over the church in Philippi. He longs for them to be the best possible representatives of Jesus.