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Philippians, Chapter Three, Lesson Four

REPEATING THE PATTERN   Philippians 3:17-21             Download this Bible Study

STIMULATE

** In our study together last week we saw God's two step plan for giving us the victory each day in our walk with Jesus Christ. What were the two steps to help us maintain a balanced view of ourselves, while we are "Reaching for the Goal" of Christlikeness?

1) Forget all that lies behind.

a. Possessions and position
b. Our sinful past

2) Reach forward to follow Christ in our "holy calling" of serving God in His name.

** Have you been successful in remembering to filter all of the events in your life through these two Divinely
inspired steps?

As easy as it might seem, these two steps become very difficult in the face of Satan's relentless onslaught against our souls. For every good thing we attempt to do for the glory of Christ, the demonic world around us will be aggressively trying to invalidate it. We must be prepared and strong! cf. 1Timothy 4:1 and 2Timothy 3:1-4

MOTIVATE

** When you stop to consider all of the different methods of teaching, which one do you think has the greatest impact and is longest lasting?

Teaching by example!

** As we close out our study of chapter three, here in Paul's letter to the Philippians, we have the privilege of "Repeating the Pattern" that we see in the life of the apostle. Let's read through this brief passage together as we tune our hearts toward the Word of God and see what we can learn from the example set by Paul.

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Opening Prayer

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