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A Sermon on Philippians 3:8-9

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— (ESV)

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How does being a Christian change our lives? In his sermon on Philippians 3:8-9, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that it changes everything about us because it totally reorients us and directs us to Christ. Before we see Christ, we are lost in darkness and alienated from God and His love. We live according to the principle of sin and evil. But when the Holy Spirit gives us the gift of salvation, we are moved out of this kingdom of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of God. Christians now are to leave the world and its sinful desires behind and pursue Christ and His Kingdom. How do we know we are Christians? We are to test ourselves and see if we are in the faith and truly believers. All Christians ought to know that they are truly saved and live knowing that they are loved by God because Christ has made Himself known. For God has given us His Word in the Old and New Testaments. In these Scriptures, we find God’s will for His people and the way that Christians are to live. But most importantly we find the Gospel of grace that frees us from sin and reveals the God of all love and peace. 

Additional Scripture Translations

Philippians 3:8-9, New American Standard Bible

8More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them mere rubbish, so that I may gain Christ, 9and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,

Philippians 3:8-9, King James Version

8Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

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.