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A Sermon on Philippians 3:7

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. (ESV)

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What can lessons can finance teach us about salvation? Preaching from Philippians 3:7 in this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones tackles this question and provides helpful insight into the steps that we must take in order to analyze the standing of our relationship to God. Paul writes that what he had previously counted gain, he now counts as loss. Someone who receives Christ realizes that in the past he had been deceiving himself, and had refused to face the facts about how he was separated from God. Scriptures calls men to think carefully about eternal matters, and to adjust their lives accordingly. Dr. Lloyd-Jones draws a comparison between this and a financial audit. Just as companies are to take extreme measures to examine the state of their financial health, so we are called by God to take stock of where we are at spiritually— we must take a spiritual audit. There are many reasons why we are hesitant to audit ourselves, but Dr. Lloyd-Jones helps us understand why we must not let this fear keep us from the truth of such an important matter. Listen as he teaches from Philippians about the importance of a spiritual audit and how we can conduct one for our lives.

Additional Scripture Translations

Philippians 3:7, New American Standard Bible

7But whatever things were gain to me, these things I have counted as loss because of Christ.

Philippians 3:7, King James Version

7But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

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.