Message: “I Want to Know Christ!” from Tom Leonard

Tom Leonard - October 6, 2013

I Want to Know Christ!

I Want to Know Christ! Philippians 3:7-11 New Living Translation 7. I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9. and become one with Him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the Law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way Main Point: The goal of our lives is to know the Lord Jesus Christ fully and to make Him known to others! ‘Know’ (ginosko) = recognize, perceive, have intimate, experiential, first-hand knowledge of. Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ? He knows you and wants you to know Him! Psalm 139:1-6, 13-16 1. We consider all things in our selves a loss compared to knowing Christ Jesus as our Lord.(verses 7-8) ‘Rubbish/Garbage’ = Manure, dung! V.9 We have a righteousness that comes by faith in Christ not from the law (our performance). 2. This gift of righteousness and the power of His resurrection causes me to desire to know Him more! (verses 9-10) Romans 12:1-2 Ephesians 1:19, Ephesians 3:16-19 *I must daily cultivate the presence of Jesus through the Spirit and in His Word – He calls me to set myself apart to Him more and more! 3. The fellowship of sharing in His sufferings involves daily dying to myself and giving myself away to others – sharing with them our Risen Lord! (verse 10-11) Mark 8:34-38 *This Gospel is the hope of the world!

Scripture References: Philippians 3:7-11, Philippians 139:1-6, Philippians 139:13-16, Romans 12:1-2, Mark 8:34-38, Ephesians 1:19, Ephesians 3:16-19

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