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A Sermon on Philippians 3:8

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 (ESV)

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Christianity is to be central to our lives and completely captivate our thoughts, actions, and the way we live. Unlike many other worldview and religions, it is very experiential. We are called not only to know more about Christ, but we are called to experience the fullness of life that He provides. The Gospel was intended to be woven into every aspect of our beings. In this sermon on Philippians 3:8, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points us to the apostle Paul, reminding us of what this looks like when played out in reality. He gave up everything and suffered persecution because of the Gospel. When one becomes a Christian, the whole man is involved. Christ takes over all of our being when we submit to Him. Another way that salvation changes us is that it is always increasing in value to us. How is this seen in Scripture? Paul was very honest in saying that Christ had made everything else in the world seem like trash in comparison. When the treasures of this world are compared to the excellencies of Christ, they are shown to be ultimately worthless. Dr. Lloyd-Jones concludes by providing examples of these excellencies of Christ and what they mean for the life of believers.

Additional Scripture Translations

Philippians 3:8, 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,

Philippians 3:8, 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,

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.