What's Keeping You from Jesus?

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We can find joy in God. Not in circumstances. In God Himself. This is different from pretending we’re ok. It’s different from passively waiting until life goes our way. It’s different from seizing the moment and hustling until it’s better. We can have contact with the God who made us, and that contact itself will result in joy. So what’s stopping us?


Main Text: Philippians 3:1-14

Simple outline:

  • The past few weeks we’ve been exploring the reality of God as an interactive being who wants to know us and be known by us—in other words, we’ve been exploring what it looks like for Christians to have a spiritual life.

  • This week’s main passage is all about this life in God, this spiritual life, this knowing and being known as our ultimate good:

    • Verse 1: Paul expects that by truly being “in the Lord” we will discover great joy.

    • Verses 2-11: Paul himself has refused to accept or be distracted by any religious substitutes for the reality of knowing Christ, gaining Christ, being found in Him—if only he can really and powerfully know Christ.

    • Verses 12-14: Even Paul hadn’t yet perfected this life in Christ, yet he wouldn’t settle for anything else on earth, as progress in intimacy with Christ was his sole obsession.

  • What about you? You can know God. You can be known by Him. Maybe it’s time to start?

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We can find joy in God. Not in circumstances. In God Himself. This is different from pretending we’re ok. It’s different from passively waiting until life goes our way. It’s different from seizing the moment and hustling until it’s better. We can have contact with the God who made us, and that contact itself will result in joy. So what’s stopping us?


Main Text: Philippians 3:1-14

Simple outline:

  • The past few weeks we’ve been exploring the reality of God as an interactive being who wants to know us and be known by us—in other words, we’ve been exploring what it looks like for Christians to have a spiritual life.

  • This week’s main passage is all about this life in God, this spiritual life, this knowing and being known as our ultimate good:

    • Verse 1: Paul expects that by truly being “in the Lord” we will discover great joy.

    • Verses 2-11: Paul himself has refused to accept or be distracted by any religious substitutes for the reality of knowing Christ, gaining Christ, being found in Him—if only he can really and powerfully know Christ.

    • Verses 12-14: Even Paul hadn’t yet perfected this life in Christ, yet he wouldn’t settle for anything else on earth, as progress in intimacy with Christ was his sole obsession.

  • What about you? You can know God. You can be known by Him. Maybe it’s time to start?

Stay connected: