Today, we continue our series on Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. Philippians, written while Paul was in a prison cell, possibly in Rome, is a thank you letter expressing gratitude to the Christian church in Philippi for being partners with Paul in the spreading of the Gospel. Philippi was a Roman colonial city on the Egnatian Way, it was a cultural and religious melting pot. As well as expressing gratitude Paul writes to encourage the Christians in Philippi to keep growing in faith, and to follow the example of Christ. The people in the church of Philippi were citizens of Rome, but more importantly for Paul, they were new citizens: citizens of heaven.
This morning we continue our engagement with Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, looking at Chapter 3:1-11. Our focus will be on verse 8 – ‘Not only those things; I reckon everything as complete loss for the sake of what is so much more valuable, the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake, I have thrown everything away; I consider it all as mere garbage, so that I may gain Christ’.