NextLevel Online: Philippians

Session 5: Why Give Up Everything? (3:1-14)

What makes life in Christ so wonderful?


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline

Opening Thoughts

  • Do you believe that life w/ Jesus is better than life w/o him? Why?

  • The cost of discipleship is becoming increasingly real. Is it worth it?

What is Paul doing in Philippians 3:1-14

  • Telling his story…

  • Contrasting old with new…

  • Demonstrating the superiority of…

What makes life in Christ so wonderful?

  • You enjoy a relationship with the Lord of the universe.

    • “To know Christ…”

    • “Christ Jesus my Lord…”

  • Your before God is not based on religious performance.

    • Let God’s opinion of you define you.

    • Let Christ’s death determine God’s opinion of you.

  • Your sufferings anticipate life.

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

  • What is a product or food or movie that you love so much you’d try to convince someone else to love it too?

  • If someone would have asked you yesterday why you think life with Jesus is better than life without him, what would you have said? How does this text change or deepen your answer?

  • Why is it important to ask and answer this question to ourselves?

  • Which of Paul’s three points resonates you most deeply right now? Why?

About NextLevel Online

The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.