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A. Paul’s  command to rejoice and willingness to remind (3:1)

B. Judaizers are not the people of God (3:2-3)

1. They are dogs, evil workers and concision.

2. Christians are true Israel.

C. Paul could glory in the law more than they, but will not (3:4-16).

1. Paul’s grounds for confidence under the law (v. 4-6)

2. Paul’s attitudes: (v. 7-16)

a. Counted gains under law as loss

b. Counted all things loss for Christ

c. Desired only the intimate knowledge of Christ

d. Did not consider himself perfect – but presses on

(1). Let all be thus minded

(2). Let all walk as he has attained   



1. Our rejoicing should always be done in connection with _________  _________.

2. Why was repetition not irksome to Paul?

3. What THREE characteristics describe the judaizing teachers?  

Show how each of these characteristics manifest the seriousness of the error in appealing to the Law of Moses today for the basis of our righteousness.

4. What THREE characteristics describe God’s true people today?

5. What does it mean to “worship by the Spirit of God” ?

6. How could Paul boast according to “the flesh” if he wanted to do so?

7. What does the word “Pharisee” mean, and how did such people regard the law?

8. How did Paul manifest his zeal before he became a Christian?

9. Paul was blameless in the sight of God before he gained Christ. (T)  (F)

10. In what light did Paul regard his Jewish heritage in comparison to his gaining Christ?

11. To what degree did Paul want to know Christ?

12. Of what did Paul desire to lay hold?

13. What was the “one thing” Paul did that describes the “perfect” man?

14. What is the “prize” for the Christian?

15. Describe the way we should walk as we continue to grow in knowledge as a Christian:



A. Imitate Paul and Observe Others in their manner of living (3:17-21).

1. Reasons for imitating Paul:

a. because many are enemies of the cross (3:18-19)

b. because our citizenship is in Heaven (3:20-21)

B. Stand fast in the Lord (4:1)

C. Exhortation for Euodia and Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord (4:2-3)

D. Rejoice in anxious times (4:4-7)

1. Be forbearing to all

2. Pray with thanksgiving

E. Think on proper things (4:8-9)



1. What does Paul say about himself in the midst of evil influences?

2. What does it mean to “mark” those who are living as Christians?

3. Paul’s attitude toward the issue of those living in error is:

(a). Ignore it for it will not affect Christians.

(b). Rejoice in exposing the adversary.

(c). Saddened in the necessity of exposing those in error, but insistent.

(d). Saddened in having to expose those in error, so will not bring up the subject often.

4. What lies ahead for the enemies of the cross of Christ?

5. What characteristics go along with making one’s own lusts his “god”?

6. The Christian’s citizenship is in Heaven now.  (T) (F)

7. What hope for the future does the Christian have for his or her body?

8. The Philippian Christians were Paul’s ______________ and __________________.

9. In the midst of evil influence the Christian must _____________  ______________ in the _________________.

10. What did Paul exhort Euodia and Syntyche to do?

11. In what did these two help Paul?  

12. In what book is the faithful Christian’s name written?

13. What personal characteristic should we manifest to all men?

14. What thought and action should replace anxieties?

15. What two qualities of the “peace of God” should help displace your anxieties?  

16. Match the proper definition:

(a). Not deceive; reliable                         Things True

(b). Things fit for the presence of God      Things Honorable

(c). Things fit for God to hear                   Things Just

(d). Winsome; things that call forth love    Things Pure

(e). Things rightly due to God and man     Things Lovely

(f). Things dignified                                  Things of Good Report

17. From verse 9 alone, give as many characteristics of the Christian life you see: