RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL
LESSON TWENTY NINE
Sunday 20th March, 2016
THAT I MAY KNOW HIM
MEMORY VERSE: “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” – Philippians 3:10
BIBLE PASSAGE: Philippians 3: 1-11
1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Paul displayed seven credentials in Philippians 3:1-11, four of which he gained by birth and three by his own action: “circumcised on the eighth day”, “of the people of Israel” , “of the tribe of Benjamin”, “a Hebrew of Hebrews”, “in regard to the law, a Pharisee,”
He had been a strict Pharisee,educated at the feet of Gamaliel,a highly respected rabbi (Acts 5:34-40; 22:3). “As for zeal, persecuting the church. “He had been so zealous for orthodox, Pharisaical Judaism that he had persecuted the church (Acts 9:1-2), “as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
Despite the achievements of Paul, he felt that desperate longing and yearning to know God. In this eloquent passage we hear his heart’s cry for God – a prayer that all believers must pray along with him. “I want to know Christ!” (Philippians 3:7-9a).
1. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “KNOW” CHRIST?
2. HOW DO I KNOW HIM?
WHAT DOESIT MEANTO nKNown CHRIST?
The word “know” denotes living in a close relationship with
something or somebody, such a relationship as to cause what may
be called communion (fellowship) (Isaiah 11 :9; Jeremiah 31 :34).
To know Christ is to develop a close personal relationship with Him
(Matthew 15:8; 2 Chronicles 15:2).
HOW DO I KNOW HIM?
1. Through the fear and reverence of God (Proverbs 1 :7, 2:1-5).
2. Through genuine demonstration of love (1 John 4:7 -8).
3. Through intimacy prompted by God and pursued by men (Psalm
103:7; Mark 3:14-15; Psalm 27:4).
4. Through worship by the Spirit of God (John 4:21,23). Spiritual
worship is prayer, praise, and a life lived in dedication to God.
5. By putting no confidence in the flesh. “Flesh” is referring to both physical circumcision and sinful human nature as opposed to
spiritual obedience to God (Philippians 3:3).
6. By yielding to the Holy Spirit who can reveal to us the very mind
of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; John 16:13).
7. Through His word, through prayer, to become Christ-like
Before we can develop a relationship at that level, we must have
faith in Christ. Without faith, He will be a mere acquaintance and
His power will not be seen in our lives. Conversely, if we are not
seeking a personal relationship with Christ, our “faith” is empty.
1. What does it mean to know Christ?
2. How can one know Christ?
Blessed Week with the Holy Spirit
o MONDAY: 2Timothy 2:15 – Be diligent in God’s service.
o TUESDAY: John 16:13- Be guided by the Holy Spirit.
o WEDNESDAY: 1John 4:8 -God is love.
o THURSDAY: John4:23 – Worship God in Spirit and in Truth.
o FRIDAY: Proverbs 1:7 – Fear God.
o SATURDAY: Philippians 3:3 – Put no confidence in the flesh.
o SUNDAY: Psalm 103:7 – Father, I want to know your ways.
Ononowo Ayobami Olusegun
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