Speaker:     John Selbak
Scripture:    Philippians 3:4b-17
Summary:    This week we continue with the third chapter of Paul’s letter to the Philippians.  Having demonstrated the importance of preaching Christ and advancing the gospel, and after urging the Philippian church to remain unified through the Holy Spirit so that others will witness the gospel in action, Paul reminds the church that nothing apart from faith in Jesus Christ will save us.  Are we tempted to believe that faith in Jesus Christ is a good start to our salvation, but that something more is required?  Or do we face the opposite temptation, to believe that salvation is found in something other than faith in Jesus Christ?
Paul also urges the church to “press on” toward knowing Christ and to becoming like him.  In this way, we avoid the tendency to become complacent in our salvation, instead “straining towards what is ahead.”  How do we balance the tension between salvation, which is found in faith alone, and the life of obedience to which we are called to afterward?