This is lesson 5 of 8 in Extraordinary Joy, a bible study on Philippians.
- Main Point of the Passage: Paul urged Christians to join him in his pursuit of Christ above all else.
- Main Point of the Lesson: Experiencing Christ is the highest goal we can pursue.
- Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will pursue Christ above all else.
- Key Verses: Philippians 3:10–11, “My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead.”
- Word Studies: “know” in Philippians 3:10
To prepare for this lesson, write your own answers to each of the questions below. You will share some of your answers with the group, but make it your goal to talk less than 20% of the Bible study time. Ask the questions, listen to your group, and let them carry the Bible study. You’ll be amazed.
If you plan to use the optional homework, you’ll need two or three volunteers each week. A few days before your Bible study, choose two volunteers and give each of them one of the following assignments. Tell them you’d like them to take 3-5 minutes to share their work with the group.
Once everyone in your group is sitting in a circle, say, “Here’s the first question. Everyone answers the first question, and it’s just for fun.” Then read the first question, pause, and listen to your group’s answers.
Smile Question: What is the weather like on your idea of a perfect day?
Share Question: What is one of the most inspiring life-goals or mottoes you have heard?
Introduce the Passage: The point of our Bible study today is this: experiencing Christ is the highest goal we can pursue. In Philippians 3:8–16, Paul urged Christians to join him in his pursuit of Christ above all else.
- Optional: Have a member of your group either recite the passage or give a detailed summary of the passage.
- Optional: Have a member of your group present their word study on the following word(s):
- “Know” in Philippians 3:10
Study Question: As we read Philippians 3:8–15, let’s look for answers to this question: What is Paul pursuing in life?
Possible answers include:
- Knowing Christ (v. 8)
- Christ himself (v. 8)
- Being found in Christ made righteous through faith (v. 9)
- To know Christ in the power of his resurrection (v. 10)
- To be conformed to Christ’s death and resurrection (vv. 10–11)
- To become fully mature (v. 12)
- The prize promised by God’s heavenly call (v. 14)
Connect-the-Dots Question: In verse 21, Paul said living is Christ and dying is gain. Can you think of other people in the Bible who were happy to give their lives for God’s glory?
Count-the-Cost Question: Can you think of somebody today who finds fulfilment in working for the advance of the Gospel and God’s glory?
Let’s-Do-It Question: If somebody were looking at your life, what evidence would they find that you find greatest fulfilment in living for God’s glory?
Prayer: Father, show us the great joy we can find in living our lives for your glory. Thank you for choosing to use us in the work of advancing the Gospel. Amen.
Optional homework for next time: After your group discussion and prayer, distribute the attached pages to volunteers in preparation for your next Bible study.