Get ready to be challenged as Pastor Rick Vannoy dives into Philippians 3:1-11, delivering a convicting sermon “The Grand Essential” from the “Together We’re Better” series. Discover the dangers of self-reliance, Paul’s personal testimony, and a Christian’s true life passion – knowing Jesus above all else. Be compelled to count personal gains as loss, find righteousness by faith alone, and experience Christ’s power daily. Let this teaching ignite in you a greater hunger for Jesus to be the grand essential focus of your life!
1. What stood out to you most from Pastor Rick’s sermon? Share a key takeaway.
2. Why can self-reliance and achievement be dangerous spiritually? Where do you see this tendency in your own life?
3. What would it mean to “count all things as loss” compared to knowing Christ, as verse 8 says? What might this look like practically?
4. Why can’t we stand before God based on our own righteousness or good works? How does this truth humble you?
5. How can you cultivate a greater passion for truly knowing Jesus every day? What’s one step you can take?