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A Sermon on Philippians 3:3

For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— (ESV)

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What does it mean to be a Christian? If you have been in church for any length of time, this question might sound like something that doesn’t need to be addressed. But, even Paul writes about this, saying that it is good for Christians to be reminded of the core truths of the Gospel. In this sermon on Philippians 3:3, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones helps us review one of the most central parts of Scripture— what it means to be a follower of Christ. First, to be a Christian, one must believe in God. This, too, can seem like an obvious statement, yet Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that it must be said. You can worship religion without worshipping God. Do you? True worship, he reminds us, is worship in the Spirit. Second, the true Christian has no confidence in human effort, experience, or heritage in order to find justification before God. In and of ourselves, we are hopeless to earn our way to a right relationship with God. We are entirely dependent on God’s free gift of salvation to be made right with God. Third, the true Christian rejoices. Dr. Lloyd-Jones presses the urgency that we cannot rejoice in Christ unless we believe in the Scriptural account of Jesus and trust His salvation.

Additional Scripture Translations

Philippians 3:3, New American Standard Bible

3for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and take pride in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh,

Philippians 3:3, King James Version

3For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.