Philippians 3:1 - 7 


  • Read Matthew 23:1 - 5 . Pastor Dan explained that “Jesus + _______” creates a burden that we find hard to bear.  What is it that you are tempted to add to faith in Jesus in order to feel that you are doing enough to earn Jesus’ approval?   
  • Tim Keller says: “It is not the strength of your faith, but the object of your faith that actually saves you.”  What does he mean by that?  If that is the case, how much faith should we have? 
  • Read Philippians 3:7.  Are there things or have their been things that you have done in the past -- thinking that you were earning God’s love and grace -- that now you would consider to be ‘wasted’?  
  • Brennan Manning writes: “My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn or deserve it.”  Why is a proper understanding of grace so important?  What kinds of problems happen if we misunderstand what grace is all about?